Former BOE candidate dies

Tom Callaway

Tom Callaway

COVINGTON -- Tom Callaway, a two-time Newton County school board candidate and member of the Newton County Republican Party, was killed Sunday afternoon in a traffic accident in Ohio.

Callaway's mother, Karen Ashby of Covington, said she had been told by authorities that Callaway, 39, was getting onto Interstate 70 about 2:20 p.m. Callaway's car struck a tractor-trailer parked in the acceleration lane and burst into flames, killing him instantly.

Callaway was a 1990 graduate of Newton County High School and was a self-employed video game salesman. Born in Danville, Va., he was raised in Covington and had been living in Columbus, Ohio, for four years.

He became active in the Newton County Republican Party and twice ran for the District 5 seat on the Newton County Board of Education. He lost both times to former school board member Don Floyd.

He was also an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.

Callaway is survived by his wife, Heidi Callaway of Columbus, Ohio; sons Justin, 15, and Jordan, 11; mother Karen Callaway Ashby; sister Amanda Ashby; and brother Andy Butts, all of Covington.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Journey Church, 1150 Monticello St. Andy Butts will officiate.