Van Horn Insurance
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Established 1865

Our Agents

Steve Van Horn

Steve and his wife, Liza, moved to Kershaw County in 1980 when Steve came to work for Van Horn Insurance, prior to that he worked for Travelers Insurance. He has over 40 years insurance experience and enjoys being a hands on agent.  Steve took over as owner of Van Horn Insurance in August of 2005. When not meeting with clients, working late or hitting the roads to gather insurance information, Steve enjoys golfing and spending time with his grandchildren. 

James Whaley Van Horn

James joined Van Horn in Jan 2013 after 9 years in the banking industry. Prior to that, he worked in Mount Pleasant, SC for an insurance agency. James attended the University of South Carolina, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Marketing. His past/present community activities include: Board Member United Way of Kershaw County, Board Member Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, Camden Jaycees, Camden Rotary Club and the Co-Chairman for The Camden Cup Polo Match.

Carol King
Personal Lines

Carol moved to South Carolina in 2001 and came to Kennedy Insurance in July of 2001. She is Van Horn Insurance’s go to person for all things personal. Whether you own or rent your home, drive a car, truck or motorcycle, have vacation property or enjoy time on the water, Carol has the knowledge and experience to find just the right policy for you. She enjoys spending time outdoors, being with family, and traveling to see her children and grandchildren whenever possible.

Gayle Sheheen

Gayle Sheheen came to Van Horn Insurance in 2015 from the Kershaw County Humane Society where she spent many years helping Kershaw County’s homeless animals. Prior to her time at the Humane Society, she worked in the insurance industry in South Carolina and was licensed as an adjuster in 2005. Since coming to Van Horn Insurance she has earned her property/casualty producer license and loves the challenge associated with finding just the right policy for each customer she works with. Gayle also handles the bookkeeping for the agency. She has an Associate Degree in Environmental Engineering from Central Carolina Tech. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her many pets & gardening.

Mendel West

Mendel is a lifelong resident of Kershaw County and has been an agent for 39 years. He enjoys working with customers and considers them as friends. He’s married and has two sons and loves to spend time with them. He also graduated from Camden High School in ‘73, Anderson in ’75 and USC in ’77. In his free time, he likes to go hunting and fishing.

Jackie Montgomery

Our newest agent is solely devoted to working with Equine Mortality, farms and other forms of equine related coverage. Jackie works out of the office most of the time but can always be reached via email. She would love to come talk horses with you!

Vivian Cooper

Vivian is a lifelong resident of South Carolina and retired this year after 36 years of being with our agency. Her retirement will be spent working in her beautiful yard and spending time with her family. We are thankful for her time spent with us. James is now taking care of her clients. If you have questions about or need a quote for your coastal property, James would love to work with you.