Hollywood, MD – He served one term as county commissioner (1986 to 1990) but Rodney Thompson was probably better known for singing and auctioneering rather than making political speeches. Thompson, 77, died Thursday, June 14 at his home in Hollywood. A St. Mary’s County native, Thompson was a graduate of Leonardtown High School and then received an associate degree from East Nazarene College.

Thompson owned Homestead Auction and was a salesman for Dean Home Center.
After serving as a member of the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee, Thompson ran for county commissioner. In a candidate’s synopsis submitted to the Washington Post in 1986, Thompson wrote, “I believe that one of our greatest assets is our rural character. I feel that we should work to maintain this asset, especially in encouraging the Amish and Mennonite communities as they live and farm here. There must be a concerted effort to get maximum input from our citizens. Care must be given to establishing industrial parks, commercial areas and residential areas. The public will also need to be continuously informed of pending decisions on building and development.”

Thompson was also a member of the Hollywood Harmoneers. Henry Broder, a writer for the international web site Worldcrunch, chronicled a Harmoneers’ performance. “The highpoint of the evening is delivered by Joe, 65, Daniel, 74, and Rodney, 72—the Hollywood Harmoneers, who before retirement were a music teacher, mailman and auctioneer (‘everything from furniture and lawnmowers, tree saws and roof tiles’). They’ve been performing together since 1963 and have recorded six LPs. Their voices belong to the days before playback – strong, sensual, and confident. Yes, on the West Coast they probably would have made their careers in show business. But they didn’t feel they could leave Maryland, because of their jobs, their family and friends. ‘For us,” says Rodney, ‘this is the real Hollywood.’ “

Rodney Thompson is survived by Jeanette, his wife of 55 years; five children, 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home, Wednesday, June 20 from 4 – 8 p.m. with prayers at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m. at the Hollywood Church of the Nazarene. All St. Mary’s County flags have been ordered to be lowered June 21 by Comissioners’ President Randy Guy in memory of Rodney Thompson.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com