Who was Kim Melissa Thrift of C Dan Joyner Greenville, SC?

Kim Melissa Thrift was a 52-year-old realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C Dan Joyner in Greenville, SC who was murdered over the weekend.

Christopher Minor, 50 years old of Mauldin, SC, carried out the murder of two women, Kim Thrift and Mariellen Bassent at the Arbors Brookfield Apartments in Mauldin.

Police say Kim Thrift and her friend Mariellen had gone to Christopher Minor’s apartment complex when there was an argument between Bessent and Minor over the two children the couple share.

Minor then pulled out a weapon and fired on both Mariellen and Kim, killing both.

The two kids were around at the time of the shooting, although its not clear if they witnessed the homicides.

Minor went on the run following the Saturday evening shooting but was then found on Sunday, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In the article embedded right below you can read all about Christopher Minor and his wife.

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In this article, we tackle the story of Kim Thrift.

Who was Kim Melissa Thrift Greenville SC?

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Kim Thrift was an American realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices C. Dan Joyner Realtors based in Greenville, SC.

Kim was killed at the age of 52 when she was shot dead by Christopher Minor, the husband of her best friend Mariellen Bessent Minor during a domestic incident.

According to her LinkedIn and official realtor bio, Kim Thrift was the daughter of a U.S. Air Force veteran who served for over two decades accross the world in countries such as Germany and England.

She had her education at Tabb High School and Denbigh High School between the years of 1985 and 1989.

She had her undergraduate degree at Southern Wesleyan University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management, between the years of 2005 and 2010.

A marketing and sales expert, Kim Thrift initially worked in Aerospace before she transitioned to real estate in Greenville SC.

Previous jobs include:

Sales Account Executive @ Lockheed Martin (December 2001 – May 2007) in Greenville

Regional Sales Manager @ Blue Aerospace LLC (May 2007 – May 2019) in Tamarac, Florida

Kim Melissaa Thrift started her career with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS in May 2019 as a Real Estate Specialist, a position she held under her unfortunate demise.

Kim Thrift was married to husband Matthew Thrift and had two beautiful daughters.


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Kim Melissa Thrift shared the following profile on her realtor page of the website of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C Dan Joyner.

It reads…

I am a proud daughter to a U.S. Air Force Veteran who served our country for 24 years, bringing us to several states and countries like Germany and England; however, none of these were “Home.”

In 2001, my career with Lockheed Martin brought my husband (Matthew) and I to the Upstate.

With its charming and family-oriented communities, Greenville was the perfect spot to call “HOME” and start our family.

We have two beautiful daughters born here, and have remained anchored in the Upstate ever since.

This sense of belonging and pride in my community ignited my passion to eventually leave Aerospace and become a full-time REALTOR®.

With over 25 years experience in military contracts and competitive sales, I am well versed in the art of negotiation.

Whether buying or selling, my clients can be assured they will be working with a true professional that is proactive, knowledgeable and trustworthy.

Call, text, or email me and let’s discuss how I can put those skills to work for YOU!”

About a couple of months ago, Thrift received a certificate of Excellence.

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Sharing it on LinkedIn, she wrote: “I’m so honored to receive this recognition… None of which would be possible without the amazingly wonderful clients I have been blessed to represent. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for trusting me to help you with your Real Estate needs,”

Greenville SC Shooting – Kim Thrift and Mariellen Bessent killed by Christopher Minor

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Maudlin Police were called to Arbors at Brookfield Apartments on Saturday around 6 p.m. regarding a shots fired call.

When authorities arrived on scene, they found the bodies of two women. One woman was found inside a vehicle while the other was found lying beside the vehicle.

Greenville County Coroner’s Office identified both women as Kim Melissa Thrift, of Greenville, and Mariellen Bessent Minor, 41, of Greenville.

According to officials, the suspect and Mariellen were husband and wife and Thrift was a family friend.

Authorities identified 50-year-old Christopher Minor as the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

At the time, police said Minor was last seen driving a white Cadillac with SC plate 297 AFW and described him as a “white male, 5’11” and 195 pounds with Brown eyes and gray hair,”

Minor was facing charges of two counts of murder and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent act.

However, by early Sunday morning, authorities had found Christopher Minor, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound by Lake Thurmond.

Mauldin PD received a notification from McCormick County Sheriff’s Office just before 10:15 a.m. on Sunday stating that Christopher’s vehicle was found unoccupied by park rangers at Bakers Creek State Park.

After looking around the area, Christopher was found by a lake with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Journalist Cody Alcorn reported that a woman found his vehicle inside a creek and notified authorities.

According to police, Mariellen Bessent Minor and Kim Thrift were at Christopher Minor’s apartment complex to pick up children that the couple shared when a fight ensued, leading to the shooting.

Chief of Police for Mauldin PD, George Miller, stated in an interview that Christopher and Mariellen were the parents of two children.

Mariellen Bessent Minor, Christopher Minor’s ex-wife, was a realtor located in Greenville SC.

According to LinkedIn, she graduated Clemson University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and International Trade.

She worked with Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services.

Marrielen Bessent Minor had two kids with her estranged husband, Christopher Minor of Mauldin, SC, a Greenville Metro area suburb.

Her LinkedIn bio reads: “I am a proud South Carolina native, and I ADORE the upstate! I am originally from North Myrtle Beach, where fun in the sun, beach music, and shag dancing reign supreme.

“And, while I will always be a beach girl in my heart, Greenville is the place I have called home since 2012. Like many beach natives, my career began in the service and hospitality industries.

“Over the past 10 years, however, I have been a top sales producer in a variety of industries including telecom, advertising, and logistics.

“My success in sales has never been about simply selling a product or service to customers. It’s all about doing the right thing for my CLIENT! I connect with customers on a personal level, creating REAL and MEANINGFUL relationships to provide tailormade solutions.

“There is nothing more satisfying to me than knowing my clients feel heard and that I am providing them with the ultimate experience in service and care,”

According to Yahoo news, Bessent’s father was co-owner of a North Myrtle Beach night club and widely credited with helping to establish the shag being named as South Carolina’s state dance.


Mauldin is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States.

The population was 24,724 at the 2020 census, making it the 19th-most populous city in South Carolina.

It is located in the Greenville-Anderson-Greer, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Benjamin Griffith was awarded the first land grant in what is now called Mauldin in 1784.

The name of Mauldin was given to the town almost accidentally in 1820 thanks to South Carolina’s lieutenant governor, W. L. Mauldin.

The train station was called “Mauldin” because the lieutenant governor had assisted in getting the Greenville and Laurens Railroad to come through the village. Over time, the entire area took the name of Mauldin.

Mauldin is located south of the center of Greenville County, between the city of Greenville to the northwest and Simpsonville to the southeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.13 square miles (31.4 km2), of which 12.07 square miles (31.3 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) (0.49%) is water.

At the 2000 census, there were 15,224 people, 6,131 households, and 4,242 families residing in the city.

The racial makeup of the city was 74.25% White, 20.82% African American, 0.30% Native American, 2.24% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.98% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races.

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.73% of the population.

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