Melville Manufacturing Co. - Pinnacle Plant
Melville was another learning place for a lot of the young men and
women who made a name in textiles. John Carpenter was Supt. He was a
brother to Ed Carpenter who ran section. Ed later was a taxicab
operator in Cherryville for many years. Durant Homesley was Supt.
Iater, Walter Friday was overseer, Gaither Summitt was section hand,
Dave Rudisill was Gen. Manager, Brat Fourshee and Dave Reynolds were
overseers, as were Henry Helms, Arthur Knowles and Durham McNeeley.
Cletus Canipe was sectionhand, Hunter Cauble was Supt. in the 30's. He
was relieved by Mr. Blackstock. Sid Beam, a house carpenter, lived here.
George Jarrett had a roller covering operation in a part of this plant and earlier helped with the bottling of a soft drink here. He was aided by Tom Ballard when he was quite young. Mr. Chine Hoyle had his first ice plant here.
R. A. Fairchild was Supt. at one time. Vance Jarrell lived in the village, his family worked in the mill. Some of the others were Mrs. Frank Blanton, sons were Broadas and Oscar, daughter Lola. Broadas was married, lived here, and went on to some important positions in textiles. Mr. Spencer was the carpenter for the mill village homes. Others were: Kelly Chapman family, Pink Black family, Whit. Waters, the Haynes family Ida, Mack, Charlie and Will started work here. Charlie made bands. Lawson Dellinger, Hamp Homeley, John Heavner, Bryan Sipe, Click Beam and Lloyd Beam were hands as were the Crowder girls Blanche, Myrtle and Gazz. . Walter, Roy and Lloyd Canipe, Jim DeVenny, Lester and Claude, Dathy Bridges, Dave Pope ran frames. Later Howard Houser was Supt. and George Falls was Secretary when it became Wildan Mfg. Company. Others were Earl Ledwell, Charles Cauble, Ralph, Walter and Gaither Pope, George Fox, Pete Hull, Zero McNeeley, Jesse Riddle, Lawrence Sneed, BossBess, Horace Lingerfelt, Carl and Earl Spake, Mose Black, Ed Carroll, John Smith. Roy Bookout, Lawrence Jenkins, Orien Hester, Ted and Odus (Tarp) Homesley, Fred and Theodore Parker, Ranzo Black and Boyd Towery, Jesse Fourshee, Harlan Pope, Mrs. Jarmen and Frank Knight, Bert Benfield, Buford Owens and Ann. Grace Jones, Helen and Jessie Spake and Bud Thornburg.
At one time Mr. Rheurk was a boss man, as was Mr. Adams.
Clarence Rogers was the mill truck driver after he left his "old mill" job. Jim and Grier Friday worked here when very young. Charlie Homesley, Durants son, joined the Navy in the early years, may have been the example for Giles Friday joining later.
The mill was purchased by Burlington Industries in 1960, and has been under several Divisions of Burlington. It is currently Galey and Lord Division Pinnacle Plant, specializing in Knits
Jerry Kennedy is plant manager.