January 2, 1945 – October 23, 2021
Dr Dalton Hays McAfee passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 23, 2021, after a period of illness. Dr. McAfee was born January 2, 1945 to Ector and Lucy McAfee in Brandon, Mississippi.
After graduating from Holy Ghost High School, he studied agricultural science and received a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University. He holds an MA from Tuskegee University and completed his studies with a doctorate from Ohio State University.
He was a retired extension administrator at North Carolina A&T State University and Alcorn State University. He has published numerous journal articles and research articles. His areas of specialization included adult education, curriculum development and impact evaluation, agricultural education, vocational education, organizational development, and strategic and transformational planning.
Those who knew Dr McAfee well understood his passion for educating and helping small farmers. This passion has led to her continuing her work with community programs, culminating with her creation in 2020 of the nonprofit E&L Development Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting smallholder farmers in Mississippi in honor of her parents Ector and Lucy McAfee.
Dr McAfee was predeceased by his father, Ector McAfee, and mother Lucy Potter McAfee.
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Barbara Easterling Smith McAfee of Natchez, Mississippi; his daughter, Trina Geiger (Alvin) of Raleigh, North Carolina; his sister, Melbah Smith (Charles) of Brandon, Mississippi; a nephew, Peter Smith (Samantha) of Brandon, Mississippi; three grandchildren and two step-sons bringing four more grandchildren into his life.
His educational career began in Elba, Alabama, in 1967, where he taught professional agriculture at Mulberry Heights and Elba High Schools. In 1974, he assumed the responsibility of Assistant Administrator of the Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina A&T State University. Among the programs he coordinated during his early years at A&T was the Farming Opportunities Program which was recognized nationally for innovatively providing educational and technical assistance to smallholder farmers with individual instruction. and the use of paraprofessionals. He coordinated county operations for A&T Extension, provided specialist leadership on campus, and served as a liaison between A&T and the cooperative extension efforts at North Carolina State University. Dr McAfee was selected to serve as Associate Dean and Administrator of the North Carolina A&T Cooperative Extension Program in 1994. In this role, he worked with the Dean of the School of Agriculture to provide leadership for all facets of the A&T cooperative extension program.
In 2000, Dr. McAfee and Dr. John Ort, Associate Dean and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University received the USDA Silver Plow Award in recognition of North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s contribution to relief efforts. after Hurricane Floyd. In 1997, they received from then-Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman the Senior Service Award for emergency response efforts following Hurricane Fran in 1996.
In 2003, McAfee was appointed Extension Administrator for the Extension Program at Alcorn State University. He was Acting Dean of the School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences (AREAS) from 2006-2008. McAfee has served on numerous state and national committees. His international experience includes work in several Caribbean countries, Belize, Russia and India.
In 2006, Dr McAfee accepted the ADEC Irving-Barrier Buster Award for assistance provided by the Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) during the Katrina disaster on the Gulf Coast. of Mississippi.
The nominations included a board member of the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC), serving on the executive committee of ADEC, which officially represents 1,890 institutions. ADEC’s mission is to help member institutions engage fully in their communities and deliver cost-effective distance education programs and services through the latest and most appropriate information technology.
Dr. McAfee was a Certified Administrator for Human Models and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). He has been active in many organizations including Gamma Sigma Theta, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Adult Education Association, American Vocational Association.
Services were held at Dean Memorial Funeral Home, 745 MS-468, Brandon, Mississippi, on Friday, October 29, 2021, at 1 p.m. and at the Memorial at 2 p.m.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 12 p.m. at the Pearlie Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, 1901 Shell Oil Road, Brandon, Mississippi.