M. Lois Eargle
M. Lois Eargle of Conway, S.C. has served as Horry County Auditor since 1993.
Active in politics and civic affairs, Eargle served four terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives and was a member of the South Carolina Highway Commission. When she ran in 1976, she did so as first woman in Horry County to run for the state legislature. She served as president of the first Citizen’s Congress, appointed by the governor to recommend reform of the South Carolina judicial system. Eargle was appointed to the President’s Commission on Mental Retardation by President Reagan, a position she held throughout Reagan’s second term in office.
She is president of the South Carolina Association of Countywide Elected Executives and chairman emeritus of the Horry County Republican Party.
She has served as an officer of many civic and charitable groups in the region, including the March of Dimes and the Horry County Shelter Home. She has served on the board of visitors of Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina. Eargle is a graduate of the University of South Carolina's Institute of Government.
She received the honorary degree Doctor of Public Service from Coastal Carolina University during the December 2006 commencement ceremony.