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Donald Earl McLemore

Donald Earl McLemore

Male 1940 - 2016  (76 years)

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  • Name Donald Earl McLemore  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 26 Jan 1940  San Augustine, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Sep 2016  North Zulch, Madison County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The following is excerpted from a cover story in "Services: The Magazine for the Building Service Contracting Industry" Volume XIV, Number 1, January 1999.

      PROFILE: BSCAI's New President Donald McLemore, CBSE McLemore Building Maintenance, Inc.

      Donald McLemore, CBSE, heads a major Southwest building service company. This year, he will lead the Building Service Contractors Association International. In this interview, McLemore describes his company, his philosophy, and his vision for BSCAI and the industry.

      How did McLemore Building Maintenance get started? I first arrived in Houston in 1964 with $35 in my pocket and no automobile. After several types of jobs, sometimes three at the same time, I settled down to the pick up and delivery of laundry and dry cleaning for almost five years. However, I had been raised in an entrepreneurial family, and was continually looking around for something I could do on my own. We looked at a washeteria, a fast food restaurant, a bar, a laundry, and a fishing marina. I told Torah Lee---I got married in 1966--that I could be the fishing guide and she could run the store and take care of the bait. She didn't seem to like that idea or the one about owning a bar. She said I would drink up all the profits. Early one morning I was picking up Dr. Walker's office laundry, and he was complaining about his cleaning service. I told him that I could do what he needed done if he would let me try. He gave me the job and a week later I had bought several other small accounts from another contractor. That was September 1, 1970. The first month's total billing was $513.50 but we did all the work so it was a pretty good profit. Married, two very young children, a brand new home, and on July 3, 1971, I gave up the laundry business and went into the janitorial industry full time. It was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make but one that I have never regretted.

      MBM is a family-owned and run business. What roles or positions do your family members fill? Torah Lea retired after 26 years in January 1997 but still comes in whenever we are short-handed. Keith, our oldest son, started sweeping floors in our warehouse 12 years ago, and has been the Houston Operations Manager for the past five years. Curtis, our youngest son, came on board five years ago in Special Services and is Director of Marketing and Sales today. Stephanie, Curtis's wife, is the MBM Office Manager. Evita, Keith's new wife, started as an assistant to the Human Resources Manager. Then there is Nina, my sister. She is the Executive Secretary and has been with us for 13 years. Of course, there are many others who are just like my kids whom have been here for years.....Last year's BOMA Building of the Year in Houston was cleaned by MBM for Trammel Crow. We clean and cut the yards on several hundred phone company buildings in three states. A chemical plant that is spread out over six thousand acres with 124 buildings...

      Obituary

      Graveside services for Donald McLemore, 76 of North Zulch, Texas, will be held at 10:45 A.M., Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.  A visitation will take place from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M., Friday, September 9th at the Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville, Texas.  Immediately following the services on Monday, a reception will be held at 110 Fargo, Houston, Texas 77006.

      Donald Earl McLemore was born on January 26, 1940 in San Augustine, Texas to Vessie Earl & Velta (Rawson) McLemore.  He was the owner of McLemore Building Maintenance, Inc. from 1970 to 2003 and a past president of Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI).  Although Donald was retired, he continued raising cattle and working on his ranch, the Lazy M Ranch, which looked very much like a state park because of its pristine condition.  Donald loved nature and feeding the deer and squirrels that made their home on the ranch.  He also enjoyed spending time with his grandson and granddaughter.  They each had their very own lake to fish in when they came to visit.  Donald had lived in North Zulch for the past fifteen years, coming from The Woodlands, and he was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

      Donald passed away on September 7, 2016 at his home in North Zulch, Texas.  He was preceded in death by both of his parents; brother, Edward Bruce McLemore; sister, Wanda Kay McLemore and daughter-in-law, Elvira McLemore.  Surviving family members include wife, Torah Lea McLemore of North Zulch; sons, Keith Alan McLemore of The Woodlands and Curtis Eugene (Stephanie) McLemore of The Woodlands; sister, Nina Weimmer of Spring and grandchildren, Jake Ryan McLemore and Sarah Corinne McLemore.

      Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville, Texas is in charge of all arrangements.

      Copied from www.waltersfuneralhome.com
    Person ID I239  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2016 

    Father Vessie Earl McLemore,   b. 12 Sep 1916, Bronson, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1997, Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Velta Allentia Rawson,   b. 20 Sep 1917, Denning Community, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 2002, Center, Shelby County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 27 Aug 1938  San Augustine, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • THOMAS CEMETERY, San Augustine County, Texas Copyright. All rights reserved. http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/tx/txfiles.htm Recorded May 13, 2006, by Bobby E. Britnell (bbritnell@centurytel.net and sister, Sandra G. Britnell. Thomas Cemetery is another of the many old cemeteries in San Augustine County, with burials dating from the mid-1800's. The cemetery is clean and well-kept, and still in use for burials. Hurricane Rita had downed some trees and limbs and caused some headstone damage; all that has been completely cleaned up. There are a number of broken headstones, some missing stones, and some with deteriorated and unreadable native stone markers.

      DIRECTIONS: From San Augustine, at the junction of US96 and SR21, go west toward Nacogdoches on SR21 about 5 miles to CR274 on the left; there is a sign on the right side for Thomas Cemetery. Turn left and go a very short distance to the cemetery on the right. (CR274 is a narrow dirt road).

      McLEMORE (Double headstone) Vessie Earl; b. Sept 12, 1916; d. Apr 30, 1997. Pfc US Army WWII Velta Rawson; b. Sept 20, 1917; d. Nov 20, 2002
      McLEMORE, Wanda Kaye; b. June 17, 1955; d. March 28, 1974
    Family ID F55  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Children 
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     2. Living
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2014 
    Family ID F231  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Photos
    _McLemore, Donald Earl ca mid 1950's
    _McLemore, Donald Earl ca mid 1950's
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  • Sources 
    1. [S675] Strong, Melinda (McLemore) and Tisdale, Evon (McLemore): McLemore Reunion, Broaddus, Texas October 1985: Family Group Sheets prepared by each family and Personal Interview.

    2. [S336] The Sabine County Reporter, P.O. Box 700, Hemphill, Texas (Published Weekly), (Founded in 1883, The Sabine County Reporter (USPS 474-660) is published once a week on Wednesday. The Reporter is Published by Sabine County Reporter, Inc. Postmaster: Send change of address to P.O. Box 700, Hemphill, Texas 75948-0700. The Sabine County Reporter and The Rambler merged March 1, 1988. Member National Newspaper Association and Texas Press Association.), November 27, 2002. page 15 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S336] The Sabine County Reporter, P.O. Box 700, Hemphill, Texas (Published Weekly), (Founded in 1883, The Sabine County Reporter (USPS 474-660) is published once a week on Wednesday. The Reporter is Published by Sabine County Reporter, Inc. Postmaster: Send change of address to P.O. Box 700, Hemphill, Texas 75948-0700. The Sabine County Reporter and The Rambler merged March 1, 1988. Member National Newspaper Association and Texas Press Association.), May 21, 1997, page 12 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S1352] Ancestry.com - Texas Marriage Collections, 1814-1909 and 1966-2011 [database online].