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Bush River Realty, LLC. Is a locally owned and operated real estate company located in downtown Clinton. We primarily serve the Clinton area and surrounding Laurens County in providing residential, land and commercial real estate services. We are committed to providing quality service to our clients and are totally committed to understanding their needs, being knowledgeable, looking after our clients' best interest and persistence in achieving successful results. MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE STRIVE TO BUILD TRUST WITH OUR CLIENTS.

Proudly serving Clinton, Fountain Inn, Gray Court, Laurens & Laurens County, Waterloo, Joanna, Mountville, Cross Hill, Enoree, Ware Shoals, Hodges.


Abney "Skipper" Smith


Skip graduated from the Wyatt Institute of Real Estate and began his career with C. Dan Joyner REALTORS in Greenville, the number one real estate company in the upstate, and a member of the Spalding Group one of the top real estate groups in residential sales. He has extensive experience in contract negotiations and management from his many years managing major
power plant projects for South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. (SCANA). He also worked closely with the SCANA Land Department in the procurement of land for the new power plant projects. Skip's wife, MaryBelle was a successful real estate agent in Columbia, during which time he closely followed and learned from her career. He has also had experience in contracting the
construction of new personal homes and renovations.

"I have an extremely strong desire to add value to my clients. This can only be achieved by a total commitment in understanding their needs, being knowledgeable, looking after their best interest, effective communication and timely followup. MOST IMPORTANT - BUILDING

  • Graduate of the United State Military Academy at West Point, University of South Carolina and the Public Utility Executive Program at the University of Michigan.
  • Commissioned officer in the US Army Infantry and Vietnam Vet serving as an advisor with the South Vietnamese Rangers.
  • Serving the Clinton community and active in church work as an elder at 1st Presbyterian Church; active member of the Clinton Rotary Club; member of the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Married to MaryBelle (Davis) who was raised on a dairy farm in Clinton and residing on at her home place on the farm; Two daughters, Angie Hughes of Jacksonville and Emily Wilson (Reed) of Greenville; Five grandsons, Henry and Alexander Hughes; Max, Abney and Crews Wilson.
  • Enjoy hanging out with our family and friends on the farm


Kelley Barnes


Kelley is a native of LaGrange, Georgia and graduated with honors from LaGrange College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Economics.  She is a second generation REALTOR ® and grew up in a family that owned a construction business. She understands what it is like to stand in the clients shoes, buying and selling multiple properties afforded sensitivity toward her client's journey through firsthand experience. Working for a local contractor for the last five years as Design and Project Manager has given a working knowledge to assist buyers in finding the best value and assist sellers in receiving top dollar. Customer service is a strong suit of hers and the key to a positive experience.

She understands that buying a home is typically the largest investment that one may make and values her client's wants and needs, working diligently to accomplish their goals.

Kelley and her husband, Ronald Barnes, have a small Angus and Brahman beef cattle farm. She enjoys gardening, tending to their pets, going to the beach and is an active member of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church.



Heather Rhoden


Heather Rhoden serves as a Real Estate Sales Associate of Bush River Realty, LLC. Heather currently holds a South Carolina real estate license and upon the new year she will be obtaining her license in the states of Alabama and Georgia. Previous work experience includes Office Management, Property Management and Buyer Specialist. Heather also owned and managed an upscale Monogramming Boutique for 6 years, which she began while being a stay at home mom.

Heather is active Board member of Laurens Hope Foundation, member of Young Farmers and Agribusiness of Greenville County and volunteer with Laurens / Greenville County 4H Dairy Group. She is deeply devoted to her husband and two girls and the many animals on their small farm in Fountain Inn, South Carolina.  She believes that firm foundations and a strong work ethic will push through any boundaries to provide excellent service to client’s, co-workers and our affiliates. Heather loves to hit the road with her girls, horses and cows in tow to local 4H shows and South Carolina rodeo’s, which her girls compete in. Heather and her family are active members at Cedar Falls Baptist Church.

  • Licensed REALTOR #96043 and member South Carolina Association of REALTORS® and Greenwood Association of REALTORS®.
  • National Asssociation of REALTORS®


James M. Givens


Jim Givens serves as broker in charge of Bush River Realty LLC. He also serves as president of Auctions United Inc. headquartered in Rome, Georgia. Jim is a licensed broker and auctioneer in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a Real Estate Minor from Georgia State University in 1981. In 1978 he graduated from the Superior School of Auctioneering in Decatur, Illinois and in 1996, received a professional designation from the Certified Auctioneering Institute (CAI). Jim has been in the real estate profession since 1979. His 37 plus years in the industry gives him in-depth knowledge and experience that is rarely equaled in the profession. Jim served as commissioner for Floyd County, Georgia from 1991 to 1994. This experience gives him insight and knowledge of issues related to real estate marketing as well as governmental issues. Jim and his wife, Pam, have three children and reside in Rome, Georgia. He is an active member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

  • SC BIC Lic#11320
  • GA lic#371142


John A. Livingston - 10/19/1947 - 7/10/2018