FORM 4 [ ] Check this box if no longer subject to Section 16. Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instruction 1(b).         
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES
                                                                                  
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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person * SEAVER R ARTHUR JR 2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol SOUTHERN FIRST BANCSHARES INC [ SFST ] 5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)__X__ Director                    _____ 10% Owner
__X__ Officer (give title below)    _____ Other (specify below)
Chief Executive Officer
(Last)         (First)         (Middle)
P.O. BOX 17465
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (MM/DD/YYYY)
1/21/2020
(Street)
GREENVILLE, SC 29606
(City)       (State)       (Zip)
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)
 
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line) _X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Trans. Date 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 3. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock  1/21/2020    A    2500 (1) A $0  76891  D   

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Trans. Date 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 4. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Stock Options (right to buy)  $42.72  1/21/2020    A     8000      1/21/2021 (2) 1/21/2030  Common Stock  8000  $42.72  98562  D   

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  On January 21, 2020, Mr. Seaver was awarded 2,500 shares of restricted stock under the Southern First Bancshares, Inc. 2016 Equity Incentive Plan. The restricted stock vests equally over four years.
(2)  Stock options vest equally over four years.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
SEAVER R ARTHUR JR
P.O. BOX 17465
GREENVILLE, SC 29606
X
Chief Executive Officer

Signatures
R. Arthur Seaver, Jr. /s/Julie A. Fairchild, POA 1/23/2020
**Signature of Reporting Person Date
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