The Town of Bowman, South Carolina is governed by a Mayor and four Council members who are elected at-large to staggered four-year terms. Non-partisan municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November in odd-numbered years.
Mrs. Patsy Rhett - Mayor
Rev. Patsy F. Rhett of Bowman, South Carolina is married to Bennie Rhett of Reevesville, SC and they are the parents of three grown children, Tanyetta (Tyrone) Thompson of Summerville, SC, Shauna Rhett of Elgin, SC and Bennie Jamel Rhett of Orangeburg, SC. They are the proud grandparents of Peyton, Mikaya, Lendric, Titus, and Jamera.
Rev. Rhett is an ordained Local Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and serves as Pastor of the Good Hope AME Church of Bowman where she is a life long member after serving for seven years as Pastor of the Cedar Grove AME Church where she was truly blessed by God to have encountered the mighty move of God upon her life and the lives of the congregation.
I am truly blessed by God and appreciate every opportunity to share God's word with his people everywhere. I know that the anointing makes the difference and I thank and praise God for his grace and mercy.
Rev. Rhett is a member of the Bowman Town Council where she holds the position of Mayor and holds an Advanced Municipal Elected Official Certificate.
Rev. Rhett was educated in the public school system of Bowman and is a 1971 graduate of Bowman High School. She continued her studies at Palmer College of Columbia, SC where she obtained an Associate's Degree in Business. She worked for 26 years in the Solicitor's Office of the First Judicial Circuit where she held positions of Secretary, Administrative Assistant and Director of Pre-Trial Intervention. She was also employed for 10 years in the public school system where she recently retired. She has served on many boards and has received various awards but answering the CALL TO PREACH is her most precious and outstanding award.
The Late Mr. Michael L. Void - Police Commissioner
Michael L. Void was born and educated in Bowman, S.C. He graduated in 1972 after serving as class president for 4 consecutive years.
He joined the Marine Corps in 1973 while furthering his education through the University of Houston and UCLA in subjects such as Behavioral Management, Juvenile Delinquency, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. He traveled and lived in many far-off places, at which time he sharpened his writing skills and began to continue writing poems. While in the military (US Army also) he worked as a military policeman and military intelligence agent. He received many awards and citations including training from the FBI in anti-sniper and hostage negotiations.
He lived in Sacramento, Calif., where he and his wife raised 4 children. While there he worked for the Greyhound Bus Line where he became one of the youngest to ever drive. After a devasting flood in 1986 he relocated to NY. There he drove NYC transit and became a published poet, receiving many awards.
He returned home to stay in 1997. He rejoined Antioch Baptist Church, became a trustee and later was assigned Finance chairman. He was elected Town Councilman in 2009 where he presently serves. He enjoys watching sports on TV, and the peace and quietness and the tranquility of his home.
Mr. Michael L. Void departed his earthly home on July 3, 2020.
Mr. Leroy Harley - Water Commissioner
Mr. Leroy Harley is a graduate of State University College of New York at Brockport New York where he earned a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts. His early employment includes position public relations for Varity Recording Studio, sales representative for AT&T, data entry for Traveler Insurance and educator's policy writer for Kronholm and Keeler, personal shopper for Hartford Connecticut businessmen, DJ, hotel front office manager and a bank teller. Councilman Harley continued his education by getting his Master's in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. He continues his educational path still employed at Orangeburg County School District 5 since 2004.
Mr. Harley honors includes National Honor Society, Who's Who Magazine and he has received scholarships to study in England and Mexico. Councilman Harley presently resides in Bowman where he hopes of continuing employment for Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 and hopes to make his birth town, Bowman, a better place to live.
Mrs. Shaquetta Pelzer - Parks and Recreation Commissioner
Shaquetta Pelzer of Bowman is married to Devin Pelzer of Jersey City, NJ. They currently reside in Bowman where Mrs. Pelzer works as Director of Precious Moments Childcare and Learning Center.
Mrs. Pelzer is a 2008 graduate of Bethune-Bowman High School with the honor of Valedictorian of her class. She graduated Cum Laude from Voorhees College with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mass Communications.
Mrs. Pelzer is a member of Antioch Baptist Church where she serves on the Usher Board. She is also co-founder of God's Glory Outreach Ministry and Founder of B.F.F.:Be Friends First Bully Prevention Program.
Mrs. Pelzer is also President of the Bowman Pride Squad (Beautification Committee).
Mr. Linwood Isaac Carter - Streets Commissioner
Linwood Isaac Carter, nicknamed at birth Ike, and always called by that name, has been a lifelong resident of the Bowman community having been born here and attended the Bowman schools and then Clemson University graduating in 1974 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. He is married to fellow lifelong Bowman resident Sherry Kiser Carter and they have two children, a daughter, Lindsay Tidwell an attorney living in Jacksonville, Florida and, a son, Travis Carter self-employed living in Bowman.
Over Ike’s 45-year professional career he has worked in a broad range of capacities involving manufacturing, construction, engineering and project management.
The manufacturing experience has covered many industries including wood products, metal fabrication, chemical process, and product fabrication and assembly.
Construction experience has covered many phases from small dollar to billion dollars plus including large data centers, manufacturing facilities, oil and gas process handling, etc. This construction experience included work with research; design; development; implementation; equipment specification and install and commissioning including support documentation.
Over the last 15 years before his retirement in August of 2017 he was working with private defense contractors for military base infrastructure support particularly regarding petroleum and liquid fuels to include the research, design, development and commissioning of lighting, lighting, power and facilities support systems to support mission critical needs both inside and outside the United States.
His career project management experience includes managing significant numbers of direct report employees in both private and government funded work as a hands-on engineer. Significant software experience with ERP, AutoCAD, PLC and PC used in process operations, tracking proposals, bidding, project management POAM’s using plan of actions, tracking progress by written reports and pictures along with managing budgets and required procurement requirements contracts for private and government funded projects.
Ike is a member of Wightman United Methodist Church here in Bowman.
Mrs. Antoinette Glover - Town Clerk
Antoinette is a native of Orangeburg SC where she was employed with the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office for over 8 years. During her years with Orangeburg County Ms. Glover gained the knowledge of working with the public by treating everyone as an individual and fairly.
Antoinette has now relocated back to South Carolina, residing in Bowman after being away from her family for over 12 years. Ms. Glover is a daughter, sister, mother, aunt, niece, cousin and friend to a host of love ones and now she is taking on the role as Town of Bowman Clerk.
Mrs. LaGwenda Berry - Assistant Town Clerk
LaGwenda Berry is native of Bowman, SC who currently resides in St. Matthews, SC. She serves as the Assistant Town Clerk and oversees the day to day operations of the Town of Bowman. She is a graduate of South Carolina State University with a Bachelors in Child Development and Strayer University with Masters in Education. She has taught and works with children for the past ten years.
She is a member of Pineville United Methodist church where serve as Children and Youth Leader.
She is married to Dominique Berry and they have three daughters Dilyn, Skye and Denym. She looks forward to working with the citizens of the Town of Bowman.
Mrs. Yvonne Lewis - Office Manager
Yvonne Lewis, serves as the Office Manager for the Town of Bowman. Yvonne helps to oversee the day to day activities of the town. She is a native of Bowman, SC and has earned an Associate degree in Criminal Justice from Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology Administration from Claflin University, where she graduated Cum Laude. Yvonne is a graduate of the S.C. Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Institute.
Yvonne is a member of the New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Bowman, where she serves as the President of the Senior Usher Board, Church Clerk and a member of the Missionary Society.
Yvonne formerly served as the Town Clerk for more than 20 years and has retired after 28 years of service and has retired from the Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 as a former bus driver with 32 years of service.
Yvonne is married to Jerry Lewis, and they have four daughters and six grandchildren.
***We want you to understand the efforts we are making to continually improve our town through our beautification projects, water upgrading projects, and through our open door policy of welcoming new businesses to our small, friendly hometown atmosphere. If you would like to know more information about the town, simply call the Bowman Town Hall at (803) 829-2666 or you may arrange to have a visit. We will be delighted to assist you.***