Family and friends are mourning the loss of a community leader.
61 Year Old Bobby Roberts passed away early Sunday morning in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where he was recovering from heart surgery.
He founded Roberts Financial Planning Services in Panama City and was at one time GOP Chairman for Bay County.
But the legacy Roberts is leaving behind reaches far beyond business and politics.
An office filled with memories, now empty.
Sitting just the way it was left four weeks ago, when Bobby Roberts left for Hattiesburg, Mississippi to get a second opinion on a heart operation.
New Horizons Mentor Coordinator and long-time friend of Bobby says, "I said bobby I love you, you know I love you like a son, and I'll be praying for you. And he said, "I know that, but I will be back." Maybe that was the most special moment."
That was the last time Margaret Tidmore saw him.
Only a select group of friends knew Roberts was facing heart issues.
The list of his distinguishments decorate the walls of his office:
Founder of Roberts Financial Planning Services, former GOP Chairman of the Republican Party, Vice President of the National Jaycees, and local Kiwanian
He even spent a few years working at Newschannel 7.
But those who knew him best say that's just a fraction of his service to Bay County.
Former GOP Chairman Arthur Cullen says, "It wasn't just politics. It wasn't just business, though he was a great community leader, great business leader in our community and very active"
Bobby also spent one hour a week mentoring several kids at New Horizons Learning Center.
Cullen says, "Bobby truly cared about our community. You might not have always agreed with him but you respected him because of what he did and he was one of those people that put action to his words and he really got out and worked at what he believed in."
Tidmore adds, "I've cried for two days, my eyes are swollen. But I know where he is and I'm sure he's watching us today."
The memories on Bobby Roberts' old office just a fragment of those he's left behind in the hearts and minds of our community.
Visitation for Bobby Roberts will be Wednesday from 5 to 7pm at Southerland funeral home.
His funeral will be at 10am Thursday at First Baptist Church in downtown Panama City.