Funeral services for Gerald Raymond Latham, 92, of Sulphur Springs will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, in Spence Chapel at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Bryant and the Rev. Fred Lewis officiating.
Military graveside honors by the Hopkins County Coalition will follow at Stouts Creek Cemetery with Clint Brown, Jonathan Gold, Joshua Spedowski, Jonathan Spedowski, Jesse Norris and Robert Carpenter serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Carter and Jared Gold.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, June 17, at West Oaks Funeral Home.
Mr. Latham died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at his residence.
He was born April 20, 1921, in Mount Grove, Mo., the son of H. U. and Ella (Wilson) Latham.
He married Virginia Clements on June 12, 1940, in Ozark, Mo. She preceded him in death.
Mr. Latham retired from the United States Air Force after 25 years. He served during World War II and during the Korean Conflict. He also retired after 15 years from the United States Postal Service.
He and his wife, Virginia, were child evangelist fellowship directors in Tyler. He was a member of First Baptist Church and sang in the Silvertone Choir. He also assisted with the nursing home ministry at First Baptist Church.
Mr. Latham was an Eagle Scout.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Raymond Latham and Larry Dean Latham, both of Sulphur Springs; three daughters, Judith Lee Brown of Sulphur Springs, Shirley Ann Insley of California and Donna Sue Johnson of Montana; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and three sisters.
Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.
The online register can be signed at: www.westoaksfuneralhome.com
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