Pennington-Mel-2012The Hon. Carl Melvin Pennington IV


Term Expires: November 2021

Born in Hartsville, South Carolina, he is a fourth generation funeral director and partner at Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home, the oldest family owned business in continuous operation in Hartsville, 1915.

He was educated at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, SC, and received a Bachelor of Science in Retail Management from the University of South Carolina, and an Associate Degree in Funeral Science and Funeral Arts from Fayetteville Technical Community College.

In 2005, he received the Businessman of the Year Award in the City of Hartsville.

He is a founding partner of Pennington & Bailes, a national apparel line of collegiate licensed products geared for higher end apparel.  He speaks on the national circuit for the National Funeral Directors Association and for various state associations, and consults to the industry.

He serves as a Past Master of the Hartsville Masonic Lodge, Past President of the Hartsville Kiwanis Club, Past President of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, and was elected Mayor of the City of Hartsville in 2009.

He is married to Elizabeth Kerri Byerly Woodham Pennington, and they have two children, Lillie McCanless Pennington (13), Mary Clare Blaylock Pennington (9).  They attend St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Hartsville.