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Our History – Our Family

Lloyd and Howard Burleson were born and raised in the Boonford community of Yancey County with their eight brothers and sisters.  At age 6, their Father had put them to work on the farm he owned in Burleson Holler.  He was a hard worker and he taught his boys to work hard too.

That lesson would pay off when Lloyd and Howard returned home from World War II.  After working for a time with Lindsey Gouge and Gouge Plumbing in Spruce Pine, the brothers began to talk about starting their own business.  In 1948, 22 year old Lloyd turned in his notice and left to venture out on his own.  Older brother Howard had initially planned to join him, but was lured back by Lindsey’s offer of a 50 cents raise, bringing his hourly wage to $1.25. But after Howard saw that Lloyd was not having any trouble getting work, he went to join him. The two would go on to build one of Mitchell County’s most stable and successful businesses.

2008 marked the 60th anniversary of Burleson Plumbing & Heating Company Inc.  The company was started in 1948 on Lower Street in Spruce Pine and later expanded to include a building on upper street. In 1959, they moved to the present location on the corner of Highland Avenue and Summit Avenue. In 1980, they acquired the adjoining lot and built this location. An addition was built onto the same building in 1983.

At one point the company, with brother-in-law Eugene Young, brothers Lawrence and Claude Burleson, along with many other employees, were able to build houses from the ground up. Today, there are several homes in the tri-county area that were built by “The Burlesons” in this era.

Concentrating on plumbing and heating primarily, this is still the backbone of the company today.

Burleson Plumbing & Heating Company also has a full scale kitchen and bathroom showroom, cabinets and counter tops, all types of plumbing fixtures, tubs, whirlpools and faucets. We have backhoe services to install water lines, septic tanks and all types of digging projects. We also carry all types of pipe and fittings, metal and plastic road culvert, cement tiles, plastic reservoirs, and plastic septic tanks.

Today, Burleson Plumbing & Heating employs 40 men and women including the office personnel, inside sales and plumbing and heating installers in the field. Lloyd Burleson passed away in March 2015. Howard Burleson’s untimely death of a heart attack in April 1988 left a void in the business as well as in the lives of many that knew him. Since that time, the business has continued under the direction of Kenny Burleson  and in 2009 added the third generation of family with the full time hiring of Adam Burleson who is Kenny’s son. Upon graduating for Appalachian State University with a degree in business management Adam has implemented web and social media presence as well as an inventory management system. In 2015, after the death of Lloyd Burleson, Adam became acting Vice President of the company.


Written by R.M.Cassidy in tribute to his dear friend, Howard Burleson, and read at his funeral at Grassy Creek Baptist Church, April 11, 1988

My Friend Howard
He did not have as much to say
As other Christians do,
He just lived for Jesus every day,
And let his light shine through.

He spoke for Jesus by his life
Among his fellow man,
By all the kindly deeds he did,
In extending a helping hand.

He loved his family and his Lord,
His church and friends do dear,
When needs arose for each of them,
His help was always near.

Though gone from us to heaven about,
To await our arrival there,
His memory will linger on with us,
Whose lives he touched down here.

May each of us who are left behind,
To continue our journey on,
Be inspired by the life of Howard,
Who waits to welcome us home.




To me this pretty much sums up the foundation that my grandfather, who I don’t even remember, built for Burleson Plumbing and Heating. The mindset that our business is to love God and help people. Though I never did get to know the great Howard Burleson and didn’t get to work with Lloyd before he retired, the ideals they left behind are the same ones that my father carries on and I hope to do the same in my time here.

-Adam Burleson


Kenny Adam

  • Family owned and operated since 1948
  • Licensed in Plumbing and HVAC


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Kenny and Adam Burleson
Kenny and Adam BurlesonManager/ Co Owner
“To my customer.
I may not have the answer, but I’ll find it. I may not have the part, but I’ll get it. I may not have the time, but I’ll make it.”.

Who Are We

Our Belief
We believe that a strong moral foundation is key to business today. God has blessed our business for many years so it is our belief that we should try to help others while making educated and moral decisions for our customers.

A True Family Business
With Kenny and Adam being the second and third generation of Burlesons to step into the business we are a true family business. But the “family business” is deeper than that. We like to think of all 30+ employees as well as our great customer base as an extension of our family.
Our Mission
The driving force of our business is summed up by our mission which is five-fold

  • Above all, to be a Christian organization which presents a positive and strong witness.
  • To serve the needs of all customers with excellence. Service is our best asset!
  • To generate an adequate return on net worth, after paying employees a reasonable compensation.
  • To be the dominant distributor of products and services in the area with friendly relationships with our customers and suppliers.
  • To create a work environment in which employees can enjoy a family style atmosphere while pursuing personal growth.
The Future
The past 5 years have been quite an important transition period for us. With the creation of our website, use of social media, and a full scale integration into inventory management using computers we have taken great strides to make business better. These steps have given us a brighter look into the exciting future of an information driven era.

Here’s a Few Examples of Our Work. Some of Our Best Offerings Are Featured Below.

View our products and services offered in 4 counties! From plumbing, HVAC, electrical & appliances, along with lots of love & quality service work.


Septic System


Radiant Heat

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