Robert Thompson's Family Blames City for Callaway Mayor's Death

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Callaway- A flag flew at half staff Sunday outside Callaway Mayor Bob Thompson's home as family members continued mourning the loss of their husband and father.

Thompson's wife, Reeda Thompson, said she was still in shock.

"I feel horrible. I was married to Bob for 61 years. I'm sure going to miss you and I still can't believe that you're gone," said Thompson.

And she's not alone. The Family said nobody saw the mayor's death coming.

"It's one of those unfair things in life," said Thompson's daughter Deborah Dallmeyer.

Initial reports Saturday suggested he passed away from a heart attack. Sunday, Thompson was quick to dismiss those claims.

"The way he died was aweful. I mean I can't even explain it to you," said Thompson.

She said black mold was to blame.

"His ears and everything had already started detereorating, his nose, his side of his face, his hands and everything," said Thompson.

According to her, it all happened while Thompson was on the job trying to find a solution to the dirty ditches on the sides of the roads throughout the city.

"They're not good. You have to go around and spray for mosquitos and stuff because you have water, grass up to here," said Thompson.

Family members told NewsChannel 7 they're ordering an autopsy to confirm what they said they already know, and if the results come back showing black mold in Thompson's system, they said they'll consider legal action against the city.

"Trust me, there's going to be something done about this," said Dallmeyer.

"Bob died before his time," said Thompson.

A public funeral for Mayor Robert Thompson will take place Friday May 31st at 5:00 p.m. at Kent Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Panama City.

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