Since 1908
Insurance is our business!
Seneca, SC



History and Staff

Byrd-McLellan Agency, Inc. has been serving the insurance needs of upstate South Carolina since 1908. Founded as the Hopkins Agency, it was purchased in 1915 by J.W. Byrd who changed the name to the Byrd Agency. Mr. Byrd's son, Joe L. Byrd joined his father in 1924. They truly had a business vision for Oconee County. Together, in 1925, as an addition to the services offered by the Byrd Agency, they formed Seneca Savings & Loan Association. It is known today as Oconee Federal Savings and Loan Association. The S&L and the Agency operated and grew together until January of 1955 when Joe hired Robert N. McLellan. Bob was then the "Special Agent" in South Carolina with the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Insurance Company. It was his expertise the Agency needed. Our name changed again to Byrd-McLellan Agency, Inc. and we operate as such today. Federal banking laws soon changed and the organization split. Joe moved on to be the CEO of Seneca Savings and Loan. Bob took charge of Byrd-McLellan Agency, Inc.

The agency flourished through the years and grew with Oconee County. Bob was involved in the Seneca Presbyterian Church, the Rotary Club, a member of the Board of Directors of Oconee Federal savings and Loan and an avid golfer. In the insurance industry he was an avid technician. He served as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of SC in 1975 and on to their national level of State National Director from 1973 Til 1976.

In 1976 he decided to enter politics and was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives and served until 1990. He was Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee from 1985 through 1990. He retired from the Agency in 1993. He served as Director of the SC Department of Highways and Public Transportation from 1993 until 1995. He served on the University of South Carolina’s Board of Trustees from 1996 until his death in 2005.

Robert N. McLellan, Jr.
joined the Agency after graduating from Clemson University in 1977 with a BS in Finance. The insurance industry was entering the technical revolution along with a complete change in the way business was conducted. Bobby embraced the opportunities and the agency continued to grow as our surrounding lakes and area were developed and became a destination for retirees from all across the United States. Bobby is an Eagle Scout and member of the Seneca Presbyterian Church and active in the civic community serving as Past President of the Seneca Sertoma Club, founding member of Goldencorner Ducks Unlimited and a past member of the Seneca Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. He was named Young Agent of the Year by the Independent Insurance Agents of South Carolina in 1986 and served as President of that organization 1993 until 1995. Bobby currently serves on the Board of Directors of Oconee Federal Savings and Loan. He is an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and boating. He is President of the Agency today.

John B. McLellan joined the Agency in 1983 after graduating from the University of South Carolina. Johnny is an Eagle Scout and also achieved the God and Country Award. Johnny has been very active in civic affairs and a past president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Seneca Rotary Club. He has served on the Board of the United Way of Oconee County, Past President of the Seneca Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Oconee District-Boy Scouts of America, and the University of South Carolina Board of Visitors. He is active in the Seneca Presbyterian Church currently serving as and Elder. Johnny also entered to world of politics. He served on the Seneca City Council from 1988 until 1989 and the Oconee County Sewer Commission from 1988 -1992.

Johnny is very active with his son Jay in various sports, particularly golf. They enjoy the outdoors and visiting major league baseball parks. Johnny currently serves on the Community Board for Palmetto Bank. Johnny manages our customer’s claims and is the Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Agency today. Personal note: The B. in Johnny’s name stands for Byrd.

Chana Brodie
is a Master’s Graduate of Clemson University. She has nine years experience in insurance sales and has been with Byrd-McLellan since 2004. She has obtained her CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) Designation, completed the National Alliance Dynamics of Sales Training, and the Hartford Personal Lines School of Insurance. Chana sells Personal Insurance, Business Insurance, Life Insurance, Long Term Health Care and Annuities. She specializes in providing comprehensive insurance packages for the retiree residents that call our beautiful area lakes home. Chana resides in Cross Creek Plantation with her two children Jake and Callie.

Pam Joiner joined Byrd-McLellan Agency in 2007. She has 27 years experience in the industry with emphasis in commercial insurance. Pam is involved in sales and specializes on the service side for our commercial insurance customers. She handles the accounting and Internet Technology for the Agency. Pam is a 28 year resident of the downtown Seneca area. She loves her eight cats, one dog, and bluegrass music.



Robert N. McLellan, III is the latest addition to Byrd-McLellan. Neil is a native of Oconee County. After graduating from Walhalla High School, he went on to finish Winthrop University in 2004. He worked with AGFA Healthcare in Greenville, SC as a customer a customer service representative. He is now providing customer service for our personal and commercial clientele. Neil has joined the Seneca Sertoma Club. He will be spending the next couple of years working on his insurance education.


Sharon Splawn
has twenty years of insurance sales experience. She has been with Byrd-McLellan since 2003. Sharon has obtained her CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) Designation and completed the National Alliance Dynamics of Sales Training. Sharon sells Personal and Business Insurance. She excels in providing comprehensive insurance protection, along with exceptional customer service to her clientele.

Sharon and her husband reside in Anderson to be close to their daughter and triplet grandchildren. Sharon is an active member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Anderson, where she serves as the Outreach Leader.



Byrd-McLellan Agency, Inc. • 207 North Townville Street
P.O. Box 796 • Seneca, South Carolina • 29679
Phone: (864) 882-2302 • Fax: (864) 882-2310

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