The Duncan Banner
E. Lynn Latham passed away at home after a long, debilitating battle with Alzheimer’s on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
Without the unconditional care and support of grandson Shea, son-in-law Russell and daughter Karla, It would not have been possible to take care of Lynn at home. Deepest gratitude goes out to all three. Brandon Downey and Wanda Gallaher were also angels on call.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at New Hope Baptist Church West, with pastor Randy Southerland officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date under direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Lynn was born in Duncan, to Billie and E.B. Latham, graduating from Duncan High School in 1959. He attended Central State College two years and Oklahoma University two years, where he joined the TEKE Fraternity.
Lynn married his wife and best friend Carol Mitchell on Oct. 4, 1968, in Duncan, and shared 45 years of working together, fishing together and enjoying life together. They owned and operated Latham’s Plumbing, Heating and A.C. for many years and loved (almost) all their customers. Many became dear friends. Their son Michael, daughter Karla, son-in-law Russell, several grandsons and a niece and nephew were employed there through the years. It was literally a family affair.
Lynn loved his six years as city councilman and vice mayor, being so proud of all the accomplishments during his service to the City of Duncan: Simmons Center, Police Complex, The Water Treatment Facility, Abe Raizen Park, the Senior Citizens Center and the Electric Complex on Martin Luther King Boulevard. He was quite sure that he and Bill Crowdis and Gene Brown could accomplish anything, if left alone long enough.
Lynn was very patriotic and dearly loved his city and country. He was a veteran, having served six years in the Army Reserves. He was a member of the Oklahoma Support Group and organized the Veterans Parade for many years until his health declined. He was a past commander of the American Legion and was a member of the Stephens County Honor Guard.
While patriotism was high on his list, so were the various civic organizations he was a part of. He was past president of and loved the Stephens County CrimeStoppers and the PRCA Rodeo, which he, Bo Bowden, Jim McLain, Tom Montgomery, Ken Patrick, Gene Brown and Ken Austin, succeeded in bringing to Duncan in 1989. He also served on the board and was past president of the Main Street Program. He helped Bobby Richardson organize the Christmas Parade for many years until his declining health put a stop to it.
Lynn was an avid OU Sooner and Dallas Cowboy fan. He never missed watching their games until last year and you surely didn’t want to get between him and the TV. Lynn was a member of Duncan Moose Lodge No. 2202 for many years and dearly loved to play pool. Not only was he a good pool player but he was a better fisherman, having outfished Carol, Carolyne and Molly quite often. Herk was too busy reading his western novels to notice. His only downfall, according to Carol, was his uncanny knack of never learning to two-step or waltz.
Lynn is survived by his wife and best friend, Carol Mitchell Latham of the home; son Michael and wife Melissa; daughter, Kimberly and husband Russell Doughty and daughter Karla Latham. Also surviving are grandsons: Jay, Shea and Westyn Doughty, Michael Jr. and Zachary Latham, and granddaughter Laycee Williams, and step granddaughter Bree Qualls. Lynn is survived by eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Roger Latham; sisters-in-law, Sherry and Eddie Barker and Harma Latham and Benny Kirkpatrick. Surviving are nephews: Brad and wife Elaine Latham, Cade and wife Juanis Latham; niece Tana and husband Darrel Ashford; three great-nieces and one great-nephew; two step-great-nieces and one step-great-nephew.
Lynn adored his “bestest” companion and grandpuppy, Gimli, who hadn’t left his side the last three years.
Lynn was preceded in death by his parents: Billie and E.B. Latham; grandparents; and mother and father-in-law, Elmore and Estellene Mitchell; and many dear friends.
Chisholm Trail Hospice was always there, and Lynn loved them all, especially Darlene. God bless their strength and devotion.
In lieu of flowers, Lynn would prefer memorial contributions be made to Chisholm Trail Hospice or Moose Lodge No. 2202 “Clothe the Children” PO Box 638, Duncan, OK 73534.
Lynn was a mentor and best friend to many and will be greatly missed.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.