Council Biographies

DSC_4566Mayor Barbara Jo Blain-Bellamy
Atty. Barbara Jo Blain-Bellamy is a Conway native who recognized at an early age that her assigned work is to serve others.  She began a social work career before completing her undergraduate studies, and later centered her law career on relief for the underserved.  Her motto is:  The best use of God’s talents is in service to His people.

Sworn in as Conway’s mayor on January 4, 2016, Barbara’s contributions as a member of the Conway City Council began in January 1993.  She twice served as Mayor-Pro-Tempore, and was the city’s deputy administrator in the early 2000’s.  Barbara has also served on a dozen or so boards and commissions over the past 25 years.  Experience and knowledge gained through these and similar positions created for her unparalleled preparation for the mayor’s seat.  She is currently an executive board member of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation and secretary of the board of directors for the Waccamaw Council of Governments.

Barbara earned an associate’s degree from Coastal Carolina University (then, a branch of the University of South Carolina), and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from USC.  At age 46, she began her studies at the USC School of Law, and has since practiced criminal and domestic law.  Her leadership skills were honed through work in and graduation from Leadership Grand Strand, Leadership South Carolina, the American Leadership Forum, and the Municipal Elected Officials Institute (and Advanced Institute) of Government.  She is most proud of being a late-bloomer and lifelong learner.  Barbara overcame her fear of everything dark and alone when, at age 55, she hiked for five days in the Blue Ridge Mountains and spent 24 hours in absolute solitude.  She later learned to swim at age 60.

Through substitute-parenting and step-parenting, Barbara is the mother of seven and grandmother of five.  She and husband Bobby Bellamy are active members of the Friendship Baptist Church.  They enjoy travel (foreign and domestic), bargain-hunting, and cherish every moment spent with their toddler granddaughter, Kennedy.  Barbara also enjoys writing, reading, and Sudoku puzzles.  She plans to study art history and philosophy. 


DSC_4521 copyShane Hubbard

Shane Hubbard was elected to City Council in 2017.  He is a native of Conway, SC and a 1996 graduate of Coastal Carolina University, where he earned a degree in Marketing from the Wall School of Business.  Currently, Councilman Hubbard works with the Horry County Council on Aging, where he oversees the Veteran’s Independence Program.  In November 2017, he was named Outstanding Person of the Year by the Conway Disabled American Veterans Chapter 57 for his work with area veterans.

Councilman Hubbard is the current First Vice President of the Waccamaw Sertoma Club.  He is also a board member for the Waccamaw Youth Center.  He previously served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Conway Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Executive Board as Chairman of the Community Affairs Committee.  In 2002, he was named the Chamber’s "Volunteer of the Year". In 2009, he was awarded Volunteer of the Year for Bluegrass on the Waccamaw and later served as board chairman.  In addition, he served as President of Conway Main St USA.  Main Street USA recognized him for his achievements in 2000 with the Outstanding Service Award.

Councilman Hubbard is married to Becky Bradham Hubbard, a Professor and Department Chair at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.  They have two children: Katie is a nurse in the ED at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, and Dalton attends The Citadel.  The Hubbards are members of First Baptist Church in Conway.


DSC_4553 copyThomas J. "Tom" Anderson II
Thomas J. “Tom” Anderson II   is a past President of The Theatre of the Republic and worked for the SC House of Representatives while at the University of South Carolina. He served two years as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Horry County Solid Waste Authority. Councilman Anderson is employed as a General Contractor specializing in Historic renovation, both residential and commercial, as well as, custom homes. He is the son of the late Thomas J. "Tom" Anderson and Peggy Cooke Anderson. He and his wife, April, a South Carolina Registered Nurse, have two children—Caroline, a Junior at College of Charleston and Thomas J., a Freshman at Clemson University. Councilman Anderson is a past Deacon at First Baptist Conway and a long-time first and second grade Sunday school teacher. 


DSC_9849 copyWilliam Goldfinch, IV

William is a native of Conway, SC and a 2003 graduate of The University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business. William and his wife Sallie manage a financial advisory practice in Conway, and together they have two sons, Mac and Sam. William serves on the advisory board of Coastal Carolina National Bank and he serves as Vice President of The Conway High School Educational Foundation, past president of Billy's Boys Inc., and past president and current Secretary of The Waccamaw Sertoma Club, former board member of The Conway Chamber of Commerce and The Conway Planning Commission. William is an active member of First United Methodist Church where he has served many roles including Finance Chairman and he enjoys participating in outreach projects. 


DSC_4573 copyAshley Smith

Ashley Smith was elected to City Council in 2016. He is an educator at Conway Elementary School and golf coach at Conway High School. He is also owner of Rivertown Sports, which broadcasts area high school sports on the radio and internet. He is a member of Conway High School's School Improvement Council. Mr. Smith graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He is the son of Susan Smith and the late Bill Smith. Ashley is married to Kayla Smith. Together, they have two children, Will (14) and Mary (11). They are proud members of North Conway Baptist Church.


DSC_4561 copy3Jean Medlen Timbes
Council member Jean Medlen Timbes is a long-standing resident of Conway. She is a graduate of Conway High School, earned a BA in mathematics from Columbia College and a MA in Secondary Education from USC, Columbia, SC. Ms. Timbes is a retired math educator serving six high schools and two colleges during her career. In 2001, she was selected by the SC Department of Education to serve as a Teacher Specialist for Mathematics. In this role she assisted At-Risk Schools to better prepare for state testing. She served in this role from 2001 to 2006, when she retired from education. In addition to her teaching career, Ms. Timbes owned and operated The Flower Shop on Main Street in Conway. She is the Managing Member of Main and Fifth Properties, LLC, a property leasing company in downtown Conway. 

Ms. Timbes became involved with local politics in 2002 when she was first elected to Conway City Council. Ms. Timbes has held the position of Mayor Pro Tem in 2004, 2010 and 2016. Prior to running for Council, she served on the Conway Planning and Zoning Commission, she has been instrumental with the development of many city properties including Mill Pond Road, The Gregory K. Martin Riverfront Park, a new city shop facility, the City Recreation Center, a new Public Safety Facility, and a civic center in the Old Conway Post Office. During her tenure the overhead wiring was placed underground in the downtown streets making a significant improvement to our streetscape. She also was involved in the creation of the Collins Park Retreat Garden and the Christmas Celebration of Lights for the enjoyment of our citizens. She belongs to the Horry County League of Cities. 

In 2011, Ms. Timbes was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Waccamaw Council of Governments. This governing Board serves Horry, Georgetown & Williamsburg counties. 

She is active in a number of community organizations. She was a past member of the Board of Directors of Conway Downtown Alive and in 2012, was awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award. She serves on the Conway High School Foundation Board as well as their School Improvement Council. She is a member of the Conway Chamber of Commerce, the Horry County Historical Society and a Friend of the Library. She has been a former member of the Fine Arts Society and the Community Chorus. 

Ms. Timbes is active in First United Methodist Church where she sings in the choir and is a church pianist. She has served on the Staff-Parish Committee, and was the Chairman of the Sanctuary Renovation Committee as well as the Capital Building Committee. Formerly, Ms. Timbes served as president of the United Methodist Women. 

Her family includes two sons: Mark Timbes, his wife Clay, and their two daughters, Kate and Anna Clare who reside in Columbia, SC; and Michael Timbes, his wife Ashley, and their children, Walker and Sawyer Clare, who live in Charleston, SC. 


DSC_4530 copyLarry A. White
Larry A. White was elected to City Council in a special election on March 10, 2009. He is a graduate of Conway High School and Elizabeth City State University. Formerly a teacher at Socastee Middle School, and Health Educator at Region 6 of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). He is currently employed by Health Care Partners of South Carolina, as an Outreach and Enrollment Specialist. He is a lifelong member of Bethel AME Church where he serves as Church School Superintendent, Class Leader, Church School Teacher, Choir member and Trumpeter, Bus driver, and recently named Area Commissioner of the Debutante and Master Commission  for the Marion District of the AME
Church;(the first male to hold this position in the State). He is a founding Board member, and current President of A Father's Place, which has offices in Conway, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, Marion and Williamsburg Counties. Larry is a member of Morning Star Lodge #72. He is also a Founding Board Member of Horry County First Steps and former  chairman of the Smith-Jones Community Center, and a member of the Martin L. King, Jr. Planning Committee, to list a few of his accomplishments. Larry is a "Community member at heart". He has started a "Community Garden", "On the Hill", on Race Path Ave at his former homestead. He is the very proud father of four children and ten grandchildren.