William R. "Bill" Lemmons, Sr.
December 23, 1937  -  June 21, 2018

William R. "Bill" Lemmons, Sr.


Private Graveside Service
Chamberlain Cemetery
735 West Caesar Avenue
Kingsville, TX  78363
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
10:30 a.m.
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Memorial Service
Turcotte-Piper Mortuary Chapel
205 General Cavazos Blvd.
Kingsville, TX  78363
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
12:00 noon
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Chamberlain Cemetery - Private
735 West Caesar Avenue
Kingsville, TX  78363
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Scottish Rite Children's Hospital

The Shriner's Children Hospital

William R. “Bill” Lemmons, Sr. was born on December 23, 1937 in La Grange, Texas and laid down his working tools and passed into the arms of our Lord on June 21, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. He was a long-time resident of Riviera and Kingsville and was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Patricia Anne Neese Lemmons, and his parents Charles Arthur Lemmons and Robbie Schott Lemmons.
Bill spent the majority of his youth growing up in La Grange, Texas where he excelled in sports and developed a great love of math and science. Then Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson recommended Bill for acceptance into the Air Force Academy where he was presented the opportunity to play football, but an injury ended his football and military academy aspirations and redirected him toward Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University). It was there that he met the love of his life, Pat and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. Bill always made friends quickly and served as president of his college fraternity.
Bill and Pat were married on August 23, 1959 in Rosenberg, Texas. They began their married life living in Raymondville and teaching in Lyford. In 1961, they moved to Kingsville and Bill went to work as a chemist in the analytical lab at the Celanese Chemical plant in Bishop. In 1961, they welcomed their first son, William R. “Billy” Lemmons, Jr. Their family grew in 1964 with the addition of another son, Charles U. “Charlie” Lemmons. During the course of a 36 year career with Celanese, Bill earned his Master of Science degree in chemistry at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M – Kingsville), and co-authored an industrial chemical process which was awarded a U.S. Patent. He was well known in his industry as an expert in analyzer applications engineering, specifically in the field of gas chromatography.
Bill loved his family and friends, and he was a constant supporter and encourager of his sons. Always an avid sportsman, he loved the outdoors of South Texas and was blessed to travel around the world on numerous hunting, fishing and other excursions. “Big Bill” always pursued his numerous hobbies with great passion, tremendous attention to technical detail and a search for “only the best”! His warm smile and ever-present sense of humor were a gift to everyone he encountered.
He was a Past Master of Chamberlain Lodge #913 A.F. & A.M. in Kingsville and was active in the Masonic Fraternity for many years. He was also a member of Kendall Lodge #897 in Boerne, as well as being a member of Al Amin Shrine Temple in Corpus Christi, and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Bill Lemmons is survived by his two sons, Billy Lemmons and his wife Angie of Boerne and Charlie Lemmons and his wife Cindy of San Antonio; five granddaughters: Hayley Lemmons McQuaid, Kathryn Lemmons Renfro, Kelsey Lemmons, Leah Lemmons and Avery Lemmons; and his loving companion dog of 14 years, Prancer.
A private (family only) graveside service and Masonic Burial will take place at Chamberlain Cemetery in Kingsville, Texas at 10:30 am on Wednesday, June 27.
A memorial service (friends and family) will follow at 12:00 noon, at the Turcotte Piper Funeral Mortuary Chapel in Kingsville. All are invited to gather immediately afterward for refreshments and fellowship at the Salazar Building, (200 East Richard Avenue) in Kingsville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital or the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd., Kingsville, Texas.

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  1. Rene & Gloria Longoria
    Riviera, TX

    Our Deepest Condolences to the Family . He was a good man that will never be forgotten. RIP Mr . Lemmons

  2. Bob & Ann Easterling
    Boerne, TX

    We are so sorry for your loss. This world lost a really good man.

  3. Jim Cleveland
    San Antonio, TX

    I will always remember Bill for his gracious hospitality and his contagious exuberance for the outdoors.

  4. Linda & Mike Hamilton
    San Antonio, TX

    Bill was always ready with a hello and quick talk about the weather when we went on our nightly walks. Bill sat in his garage and watched over our neighborhood. We will deeply miss him and his kind words. Prayers for his entire family.

  5. Elva Keilers
    La Grange, TX

    Royce and I are sad to hear about losing Bill. We treasure our memories of wonderful times shared with him and Pat. Our hearts and prayers are with his earthly family; we will miss him sorely.

  6. William "Bill" Carder III
    8129 Rocking Horse Ln., Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

    Our prayers are with you and your family. May God be with you. Donna Marie & Bill Carder.

  7. Mary Anne Waldrip
    San Antonio, TX

    What a wonderful father and grandfather to all of the Lemmons family.

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