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Max Melton said having family attend his S.C. High School Football Officials Hall of Fame induction on Saturday made it special.
"When you work high school games and are away from home a good bit, you have to have the support of your family," Melton said. "My family was able to attend the induction and it meant a great deal to me.
"Their support is greatly appreciated," he said. "My wife (Karen) and my two children (Matt and Casey) and my parents (Mr. and Mrs. Max Melton Sr.) attended and that made it special.
Melton, a 23-year veteran of working high school football games in the Palmetto State, was one of five inductees during ceremonies held at Seawell's Restaurant in Columbia.
The group also included Bob Froneberger (Fort Mill), Delbert Bell (Spartanburg), Larry Owens (Clinton) and Wes Welborn (Anderson).
Melton and Froneberger are in District Three which includes Lancaster, Chester, York and Fairfield counties.
Melton's prep football officiating career includes 22 years as a referee. He has served as District Three Director and called the Shrine Bowl and North-South all-star football games. Melton has also worked seven state championship games.
The 2008 class gives the SCHSFO Association Hall of Fame 59 members.
Melton's induction gives Lancaster four officials in the hall. Jim Bull, Jim Howey and Ken Hudson were inducted in the inaugural class.
"l'm very honored," Melton said. "It was a nice ceremony and a special evening for me and my family."
Melton, a Union County, N.C., native, is the Communities in Schools Executive Director in Lancaster.