Throughout the Savannah River Valley, David Austin Shelley became known as a resource for farmers and cattlemen during a 35-year career.
After graduating from Clemson College in 1936 with a degree in animal husbandry, Shelley joined Clemson’s Extension Service, serving as an assistant county agent for Aiken and Edgefield counties and later county agent for McCormick and Barnwell counties. While serving as a Clemson Extension Agent for the Savannah Valley District, which comprised 16 counties, he served as the coordinator for training, development and recruitment.
Shelley served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the 360th U.S. Army Reserve, from which he retired as a lieutenant colonel with 28 years of service.
Exceptionally active in his community, Shelley was a member of the Barnwell First Baptist Church for 60 years. In 1999, the church named him a Life Deacon for his loyal and faithful service. Shelley was honored twice by the Barnwell Lions Club as “Lion of the Year.”