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Melton presented Order of the Palmetto

on Tuesday, 19 October 2021. Posted in Local News

Florence County Clemson Cooperative Extension Agent, Tony Melton, second from right, holds a plaque in recognition of his receiving the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor. Joining him, left to right, are Clemson Cooperative Extensio

Twice retired Clemson Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent, Tony Melton, was recently awarded the Order of the Palmetto at the Florence County Extension Office. Sen. Kent Williams presented the award.

“Tony’s dedication and devotion to Clemson Cooperative Extension and the citizens we serve are unmatched,” said Thomas Dobbins, director of the Clemson University Extension Service.

“He doesn’t just work for Clemson; he works for every person in South Carolina.

” The Order of the Palmetto is South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, recognizing individuals for their extraordinary achievements, service and contributions to the state. A once-in-a-lifetime achievement, the award is presented only to natives or residents of the state.

“What can I say about Tony Melton other than he is the epitome of a true public servant,” said Sen. Williams. “A man who put people ahead of himself, dedicated and committed; that is Tony Melton. This is a great honor for him today, one that is well deserved and earned for his dedication, his loyalty and his commitment to mankind. God bless Tony.

” A native of McBee, Melton earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horticulture from Clemson. He began his 40-year career in Clemson Cooperative Extension in 1989 as a county agent for Darlington, Florence, Lee and Williamsburg counties. “People are the reason,” said Melton. “Farmers are touching people’s lives. It’s wonderful, truly wonderful.

” Melton has received numerous honors, including the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Clemson Alumni Association, the County Agent of the Year from the S.C. Beekeeper Association and the Distinguished Service Award from the S.C. Association of County Agricultural Agents.

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