In 1987 when Thomas J. Lipton Co., determined to divest its solely U.S. tea farm on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, horticulturalist Mack James Fleming and tea dealer Bill Hall bought the property, saving for posterity the Charleston Tea Plantation and the American Classic tea model.
Fleming, 75, died final week at his residence in Hollywood, South Carolina. A graduate in horticulture with a complicated diploma from Clemson University, he joined Lipton in 1978 and was assigned to handle the property, located on the island which is 10 miles lengthy by six miles vast. Lipton bought the property in 1960 and used it to experiment with varietals which have produced greater than 300 totally different teas over time. As director of the positioning Fleming, who was often called a hands-on tutorial, was accountable for the design of a custom-built mix tractor nonetheless used to reap the tea.
“He knew his way around tea. Mack was great person, great personality,” mentioned Hall, “I have fond memories of working with him.”
Hall was a British-trained tea taster who nonetheless owns a brokerage agency. They teamed as much as purchase the property and transformed right into a industrial operation of 127 acres with two thirds underneath tea. Fleming and Hall managed the positioning till 2003 when it was offered to the Bigelow Tea Co. Fleming returned to instructing and was professor of horticulture and later the top of that division at Trident Technical College in Charleston.
He retired in 2015, launching his personal tea model, a black all-natural offered in supermarkets as Carolina Select Tea. Hall continues to companion with Bigelow.
He is survived by his spouse, Jo Ann Tobias Fleming; son, Mack R. Fleming (Beth); daughters, Virginia Fleming Joczik (Mark) and Sarah Fleming McLester (Donald); two brothers, two sisters, six grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and father.
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Source: The Post and Courier