Bill Amick, Dies
Amick Farms began in 1941, the same year Amick’s father, A.D. “Chick” Amick graduated from Saluda High School. The company started with a small chicken house, a wood-fired wash pot and 500 baby chicks. Some of the first deliveries of fresh “dressed” chickens were packaged in barrels of ice, loaded on the back of a B-model Ford and hand delivered to customers.
A.D. Amick died suddenly in 1972. By that time the company had grown to a Batesburg Hwy. processing plant.
After Bill Amick began running Amick Farms, the company grew even larger. He added a hatchery and feed mill operations, which allowed Amick Farms to oversee the chicken processing from beginning to end.
When Amick Farms was sold to OSI Group of Aurora, Ill, in 2006, the 65-year-old company, employed over 1500 and produced over 6.5 million pounds of poultry products per week. It had consistently been ranked as one of the top performing poultry operations in the nation. Products were sold across the United States and overseas.
OSI maintained the Amick Farms name and continues to be successful. Amick’s nephew, and A.D. Amick’s grandson, Ben Harrison, manages the operation.
Amick was a star football player at Saluda High School, graduating in 1961. He went on to Clemson University and graduated in 1966, with a degree in poultry science.
His support for Clemson continued the rest of his life.
Amick was elected by the S.C. General Assembly in 1983 to fill the unexpired term of Les Tindal on the university’s board of trustees. He was reelected by the General Assembly in 1986 for a four-year term. Amick was elected a successor trustee in November 1989. He was named vice chairman in September 1989 and served two terms as chairman, in 1991 and 1993, respectively. He was a member of every standing committee at some point during his 30 years on the board.
On behalf of the board and the university, Chairman David Wilkins expressed condolences and high regard for Amick.
“Bill Amick was a treasured member of the Clemson family and served his alma mater faithfully as a trustee for three decades. He was a gentle giant and all of us in the Clemson family greatly benefitted from his leadership and wisdom. His quiet resolve and dedicated leadership made him a true asset to the University and the State of South Carolina.
“For a lifetime of professional success and achievement and for all he meant to the success of Clemson University and the larger community, we are forever grateful. We will hold his family in our thoughts and prayers,” Wilkins said.
Additionally, Amick served Clemson in many capacities beyond the board of trustees, with the Alumni Association, IPTAY, the Clemson University Foundation (Founder’s Gift Club), the Clemson University Agricultural Foundation board and in establishing the A.D. Amick Memorial Scholarship.
Amick’s selfless contributions and loyalty to the university earned him the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award and the College of Agriculture’s Centennial Distinguished Alumni Award.
Among his other accomplishment were: Blue Cross/Blue Shield Board of Directors; Palmetto Agribusiness Council, member and founding chairman; SCANA Board of Directors; S.C. Chamber of Commerce, chairman; S.C. Council of Public Higher Education Board chairs; S.C. Business Advisory Council, member and past chairman; S.C. Poultry Federation, member and founding chairman; S.C. Business Hall of Fame laureate (2012).
Locally, Amick was a past recipient of the Saluda County Citizen of the Year Award, presented by the Saluda Civitan Club. He was also a former commanding officer of Saluda’s National Guard unit.
Amick Farms was not the only family operation that brought recognition to Saluda County. Amick owned Team Amick Motorsports. His son Lyndon drove in two NASCAR divisions for several years. His other David also raced on occasion.
Amick will be well remembered locally for his generous contributions to organizations and churches. He also supported both King Academy and the Saluda school system.
Surviving are his wife, Linda Taylor Amick, two sons, David (Melinda) Amick and Lyndon (Melanie) Amick both of Batesburg, a daughter, Angie A. (Russ) Black of Batesburg, his mother, Gladys Padgett Amick of Batesburg, a sister, Linda (Ben) Harrison, Sr. of Spartanburg and eight grandchildren
A memorial service was held Sun., Dec. 1, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Saluda. In Lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials be made to T3, a ministry to raising up Godly men.. Memorials should be made payable to The Chapel, 121 Homestead Rd., Batesburg, SC 29006.
10 State Championships
in 3 Generations
ln 1958, Wayne “Highpockets” Rowe became a manager and player for Coach Mooney Player who was the head football coach for Saluda High School. As a manager and as a player, Highpockets, was a part of the 1962 and 1963 State Championship Football team.
Then his daughter, Denise Rowe, who coached for 10 years at King Academy, led the Lady Knight’s volleyball team to a State Championship in 2002 and the softball team to a State Championship in 2004. Next Highpockets’ grandson, Nick Long, who graduated from King Acadmey in 2010, was a member of the 2007 and 2008 King Academy Sporting Clay State Championship teams. Then he was an assistant coach under Coach Zach Matthews, when King Academy won the 2013 State Championship in baseball and football.
Finally, Corbie Long, High-pockets’ other grandson and a junior at King Academy, has two State Championships as a player. He was an outfielder and pitcher on the 2013 State Championship baseball team and a member of the 2013 State Championship football team that defeated Wardlaw, 50 years after Saluda won its State Championship in 1963.