William D. “Billy” Witherspoon’s positive impacts on Horry County and the greater Pee Dee region are still being felt. He began his career at Clemson in 1956 as a York County Extension agent. From 1957 to 1964, he served as a Dillon County Extension agent and was the county’s director in 1964-69. He then served as Horry County Extension director from 1969 to 1990. Following his retirement, he represented the citizens of Horry County for 16 years as a member of the S.C. House of Representatives, District 105, where he became chairman of the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee, a position he held until his second retirement in 2008.
Witherspoon won numerous awards, including being named to Clemson University’s Commemorative Scroll of Honor and Extension’s Distinguished Service Award. During his lifetime of service, he is known as one of Clemson’s finest advocates.
“Billy faithfully served his alma mater in numerous capacities as Extension agent and county director,” said Blake Lanford, a regional lead agent for Extension. “The scope and influence of his lifetime of distinguished public service has rarely been matched.”