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Lloyd was born on March 26, 1918 in Ringgold, Georgia. He is married to Maxine Yates and they currently live in Ringgold where they have made their home for many years. Lloyd is the father of seven children, three of which are in the towing industry.
In 1946, Lloyd began the pursuit of his dream to own his own towing and repair shop. At that time, there were very few towing companies in Chattanooga. Previously, Lloyd had worked as chief mechanic at Newton Chevrolet in Downtown Chattanooga so he had the mechanical know-how. He opened his first shop on Highland Park Avenue and eventually moved his shop to East 23rd Street.
Lloyd’s three sons were raised in the towing repair industry and ran the shop for years under Lloyd’s guidance. In the early 1970’s, he gave each of the boys a large wrecker. They worked together for a while before going in their own direction. Today the boys run three separate businesses in the Chattanooga and North Georgia area. Doug runs Yates Towing & Recovery in Chattanooga, Guy runs a towing and recovery company out of Ringgold, Georgia and Don owns Battlefield Collision in Ft. Olgethorpe, Georgia. Lloyd’s three grandsons are also in the towing industry.
Lloyd helped write the first towing ordinance in Chattanooga, much of which is still in effect today. Throughout the years, Lloyd has been used by Holmes Wrecker Manufacturer to test their products.
As for the future, Lloyd is content to watch his sons and grandsons pursue their dreams of owning and operating their own towing and recovery companies.
AUGUST 10, 2015 - DOUBLETREE HOTEL IS SOLD OUT - HAMPTON INN & SUITES STILL AVAILABLE
Thursday, September 10, 2015
20th Anniversary Celebration of the Museum
International Towing Museum - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday, September 11, 2015
Welcome Reception and Auction (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 7pm
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Wall of the Fallen Ceremony
International Towing Museum - 10am
2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet (Ticketed Event)
DoubleTree Hotel - 6pm
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Breakfast (Ticketed Event) - 9am
General Membership Meeting - 10am
For questions or comments about the museum, contact us
Admission and Hours
Adults - $10.00
Seniors (55 or older)/Military - $9.00
AAA - $8.50
Children 6 - 14 - $6.00
Children under 5 are free.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Summer Hours (March. 1-Oct.31)
Monday - Saturday 9 - 5
Sunday 11 - 5
Winter Hours (Nov 1-Feb.28)
Monday - Saturday 10 - 4:30
Sunday 11 - 5
Closed Major Holidays
The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum, Inc.
3315 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408