James B. Lemmons, 80, passed away on November 29, 2013 in New Port Richey, Florida. James was born on December 15, 1932 to Norman & Ruby Lemmons in Madison, South Carolina. He moved to New Port Richey in 1971 after retiring from the U.S. Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Yvonne (Jean) Lemmons. He is survived by his son James Lemmons Jr.; daughters Betty Martin & Tammie Leonis; brother Jack Jones; 5 grandchildren, Adam Lemmons, Shawn Martin, Qulia Hyman, Samuel Martin & Tiffany Leonis and 3 great-grandchildren, Taylor Singletary, Dylan Lemmons & Jacklynn Martin. His grandchildren knew James lovingly as Pop Pop, the name given to him by his eldest grandson Adam Lemmons.
He began his military career in 1950 and retired as a Master Sergeant in 1971. During his service he was a Jet Engine Mechanic Instructor and opened a school in Dover, Delaware. James was awarded a commendation metal for his efforts in opening the school. A recently found document reads:
CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF
THE AIR FORCE COMMENDATION MEDAL
JAMES B. LEMMONS
Master Sergeant James B. Lemmons distinguished himself by outstanding achievement as the Project Noncommissioned Officer for establishing and implementing the Twenty-First Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Leadership School from 10 March 1970 to 31 January 1971. During this period, Sergeant Lemmons, without funds, located and acquired all the necessary equipment, established a one hundred and thirty hour curriculum, and selected a highly qualified facility. In performing this task Sergeant Lemmons continually demonstrated keen, mature judgment, effective leadership and outstanding organizational ability, which resulted in the school becoming a fully accredited institution. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Lemmons reflect credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
After leaving the Air Force, James took college courses and opened his own electrical business. He maintained his business, Lemmons Electric, until he retired and turned it over to his son James Lemmons Jr.
The last full day of James? life was spent with his family on Thanksgiving. He was able to see all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren one final time. He was surrounded by the love of his family before passing peacefully the following evening. He will forever be remembered as the strong, loving man who was always there to take care of his family.