Thomas Eugene Lytle



Thomas Eugene Lytle, Jr., 89, of Pawleys Island, SC, died on Feb 13, 2017, after a brief illness.

Tom was born in Spartanburg, SC, on May 19, 1927, to Thomas Eugene Lytle and Mabel Gerrard Lytle.

Following his graduation from Anderson High School, Anderson, SC, he entered the US Army and served as a Technician 4 in the 873rd Postal Unit in Germany as part of the US occupation forces following WWII. He graduated from Clemson in 1949 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict, serving as a 1st Lt Battery Commander, Charlie Battery, 28th Field Artillery Battalion, at Ft Jackson, SC. Tom was born a salesman and enjoyed a long and successful career selling agricultural chemicals with Shell Chemical, DuPont and ChemNut, Inc. In 1974, he was admitted to Shell Chemical’s Golden Ploughshare Society for excellence in sales performance at the national level. It was once said of him that he knew every farmer in SC. He was an avid golfer and a rabid Clemson Tiger fan, attending most home games despite living on the other side of the state. He was a generous giver, contributing to the college education of those he thought needed assistance and to many charitable organizations. He was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and IPTAY, the Clemson University Athletics organization. He was an active member and supporter of The Abbey at Pawleys Island Anglican church.

Tom is survived by his wife of 67 years, Maxine Denaro Lytle; four sons: Col Thomas E. Lytle, III, USAF, Ret, Capt Richard A. Lytle, American Airlines, John H. Lytle, Santee Cooper and Brig Gen. Robert K. Lytle, Idaho Army National Guard; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Miriam Lytle King, of Charlotte NC.

The family will receive friends 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet.

A Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, February 17, 2017 at The Abbey at Pawleys Island. Interment following in All Saints Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made by mail to: Teach My People, PO Box 2848, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, by phone: 843.237.8737 or online at:

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Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843.651.1440) is assisting the family.