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PERRYSVILLE, Ind. - Thomas Franklin Latham, Jr., 74, of Perrysville, passed away at 5:47 a.m. CST on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at the VA Illiana Health Care System. Tom was born on Dec. 29, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., to Thomas Franklin Latham, Sr. and Helen T. (Bowlin) Latham.
Tom attended school and graduated from Washington High School in May of 1961 where he met his first wife, Pat Fields. Tom and Pat had five children, Kimberly Stone, Kenny Latham, Chet Latham, and Rodney Latham, who all survive. Tom served his country in the United States Navy until his Honorable Discharge on March 27, 1962.
He then pursued a career as an over the road truck driver where he received multiple awards, many for safety while earning his first 1 Million Mile recognition award in 1987. It was during this time in Tom's life that he met Barbara Russell-Mack who he later married in 2008. She also has four children, Robert Mack, Gary Mack, Randy Mack, and Dawne Marie Gress. They have 34 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one infant son, Tom's mother and father, and a sister, Sandy, as well as Eric, his dog which he loved and enjoyed the time spent with him so very much.
A Celebration of Life for Tom Franklin Latham, Jr. will be held from Noon EST to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at Sunset's Covington Chapel at 420 3rd St. Service will begin at 2 p.m. EST, also at Sunset's Covington Chapel. After services, interment will follow and will proceed to Danville National Cemetery (V.A.) In lieu of flowers, memorials in Tom's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Please join Tom's family in sharing memories, photos, and video of his life through his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 18, 2017
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