Anthony Melton, Extension agent in Pee Dee, dies at 64
From Staff Reports
Anthony “Tony” Melton, a Darlington resident and well-known Clemson Extension Service agent who served the Pee Dee for years, died on April 2. He was 64.
Melton was born in McBee, received his master’s degree from Clemson University and spent 40 years working with Clemson.
In 2021, a ceremony was held at Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence to honor Melton on his retirement – technically his second retirement — as a Clemson Cooperative Extension Service horticulture agent.
“I am the most blessed person on the face of this Earth,” Melton once said. “I came from picking cotton and butterbeans on my granddaddy’s farm to working with some of the finest people in South Carolina agriculture.”
“I grew up poor, but I was fortunate to go to Clemson University and, then, I had the opportunity to work for Clemson Extension,” Melton once said. “Being an Extension agent has been a wonderful experience, but I always said I didn’t work for Clemson Extension, I worked for the people of South Carolina.
Some of Melton’s experiences included working on a research project to develop heat-tolerant butterbeans, according to Clemson. He also was key in developing several varieties of Southern peas and also making improvements to Clemson Spineless okra, Clemson said.
Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Mitzi Lucas Melton; son, Ty (Michelle) Melton and daughter, Kimber Melton; daughter, Jordi (Ernie) Breiner and children, Stella, Anna, Carolina, and Finlee; daughter, Stephanie (Michael) Lindley and children, Payton, Reislyn, and Bristow; daughter, Tyra (Justin) Galloway and children, Emma and Jace; daughter, Carrie (Jared) Rogers and children, Fischer, and Millie Jayne; brothers, Wayne (Beth) Melton, Don (Mary Kay) Melton, Mack Melton, and Vernon (Patricia) Melton; sisters, Arlene (Jackie) McCaskill, Edna Jean O’Neal, and Marie (Steven) Butler.
Memorial contributions may be made to Clemson University Foundation, please memo, In memory of Tony Melton for the Tony Melton Scholarship Fund. Mail to Clemson University Foundation, Annual Giving Office, PO Box 1889, Clemson, SC 29633.