Newnan native Lindsey Hand Barron founded Lindsey’s, Inc. in 1948 when he purchased the Austin Appliance Company, holding the Westinghouse Appliance franchise in Newnan. The R.E.A. was just coming into Coweta County, so many people had no electricity, appliances, well pumps or wiring. The demand was great and the supply of good and electrical contractors was limited due to the aftermath of WWII.
Starting with one truck and two electricians, the business quickly grew to include not only electrical, plumbing, heating and air-conditioning, but furniture and appliances as well as the Pepsi Cola franchise in 13 counties.
In 1958, Lindsey’s Inc. moved from LaGrange Street to the building now occupied by the Newnan Times-Herald, Lindsey Barron began selling off the original businesses, focusing on real estate and insurance. The Pepsi and furniture businesses were sold and in 1962, the real estate business relocated to 12 Jackson Street. Later, the insurance business was sold to Glover Insurance Company.
In 1973, Frank H. Barron joined his father in the business and in 1977, Thomas W. “Chip” Barron, also joined his father. That same year, Lindsey Barron sold the business to his two sons, with Frank becoming principal broker and president and Chip being named executive vice president and associate broker.
Tom Barron, Chip’s son, and Jess Barron, Frank’s son, have joined the firm, making it a locally owned and operated third generation, family business spanning 70 years.
Frank H. Barron serves as president and has been with the company since July 1973, and the primary broker since 1978. Frank graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA degree and a major in Real Estate in 1973. He is a GRI graduate and has served the local Board of Realtors in all capacities including two terms as president and one term as regional vice president of the state association. His 45 years of local real estate experience has guided the company since 1978. He continues to be involved in the community through the Newnan Coweta Board of Realtors, the Newnan Kiwanis Club and the past president of the Newnan Coweta Chamber of Commerce and the United Way. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Coweta, and has served on the Board of Directors for The Summit YMCA, The Heritage School and as a Trustee of Wesley Woods Foundation in Atlanta. Frank was also named as the Coweta County Citizen of the Year in 2014. He also has been an active Deacon of the First Baptist Church of Newnan. He is an avid sportsman and outdoorsman. Frank is married to the former Vicki Wood of Newnan.
Thomas W. “Chip” Barron has been with the company since 1977, co-owner since 1978, and serves as Executive Vice President. Chip has a BA Degree from Emory University plus a Law Degree from Mercer University, and has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1974. His legal background has proven invaluable in assisting agents in drawing and wording contracts. He is a past president of the local Board of Realtors, and serves on the board of directors and Executive Committee of the Georgia MLS and the advisory board of the local branch of BB&T. Chip is a former multiple term chairman and current deacon at the First Baptist Church of Newnan, and is a former three-term member of the Mercer University Board of Trustees. He is past president of the Newnan Kiwanis Club and the Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors, and past chairman of the Board of The Newnan Coweta Chamber of Commerce, Newnan Hospital, the local American Red Cross and the local United Way. Chip was Realtor of the Year in 1991 and has received the Phoenix Award, the Silver Phoenix Award, plus he will receive the Golden Phoenix Award in 2019. Chip is married to the former Margaret MacLennan of Charleston, S.C. and has three children and seven grandchildren.
Tom Barron is a third generation member of the Lindsey’s team and graduate of Newnan High School and Mercer University. Tom got his start with commercial real estate firm NAI Brannen Goddard in Atlanta in 2001 and was a million dollar producer. Tom is a Certified Military Residential Specialist (CMRS), and member of the Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR) and National Association of Realtors (NAR). He has served as Past President of the Newnan/Coweta Board of Realtors (2012), as well as Habitat of Humanity and Keep Newnan Beautiful boards. He is married to the former Kristin Langley of Macon and they have two daughters, Margaret Gail and MacKenzie, and son, Will. Tom is an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Newnan and an avid UGA fan.
Jess Barron was born and raised in Newnan and is a third generation realtor. He is a graduate of Auburn University with a BSBA in Finance. He also holds a Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina. Jess has been a licensed realtor since age 20. At age 23, he earned his broker’s license from Barney Fletcher Real Estate School in Atlanta. Jess stays in touch with the latest real estate news and recent trends through continuing education courses. He is a Certified Military Residential Specialist (CMRS). He is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR), Georgia Multiple Listing Service and Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors (2018 President). Jess is a Life Member of the Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club (Youngest Life Member). He has served as Treasurer for the Coweta Community Foundation as well as a Board Member for Chattahoochee Now. Jess attends Southside Church and First Baptist Church of Newnan. In 2015, Jess was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award for the Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors. Jess was also awarded the 2014 Best of Trulia Top Agent Award (Given to the Top 1% of all agents on Trulia). Jess married the former Meredith Rich, of Peachtree City, in May of 2016 at Hilton Head Island. Jess is an avid sports fan and enjoys traveling during his free time.