Van Horn Insurance
Continuing A 150 year Tradition


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We at Van Horn Insurance know that finding the right coverage for the right price  is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your insurance needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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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, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.


James Whaley Van Horn

Producer - Personal, Commercial Lines

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. James is married to Marian Pouch and they reside in Greenville, SC.

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 12 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

Producer - Personal Lines

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.