Earl MacDonald “Bud” Latham Jr., 91, a resident of Washington, North Carolina, died on Friday, May 27, 2022, along with his family at Widant Beaufort Hospital.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at Oakdale Cemetery and was officiated by Eddie Gurganus.
Mr. Letham is survived by his wife, Daisy Carol Woollard Latham, and two daughters: Linda Letham Hamilton (Jeff) of Wilson, Paula Latham Kennedy of Washington, three grandchildren, Brad Hamilton of Raleigh, Ryan Kennedy (Logan), Rogan of William (Rogan) of William.
Mr. Latham was preceded in death by his brother William “Billy” Latham.
On March 26, 1951, he married former Daisy Carol Woolard. In March 2022, they celebrated 71 years of marriage. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Washington. He attended school in Chokaviniti, then at Washington High School. He loved living on the Pamlico River. From the age of 9 he had his own small rowing boat on which he sailed between the old company Park Boat Co. and ramps for boats. Bigger boats followed when he grew up and started a family. He loved fishing and family time on the water. After the boat arrived his Harley Davidsons and received a pilot’s license. No matter what he worked, played, took care of his yard and sat on the swings to admire his work, his greatest devotion was to his family. Bud was in the National Guard and served as a medic during the Korean War. He was a manager at Mallison Implement Company for 27 years and then at Mitchell Tractor Company for another 27 years. During these 54 years engaged in the sale of agricultural machinery, he was a good man with family, friends and the agricultural community. Uncle Bada Lloyd R. Latham and Aunt Neva Pearl Latham spent a lot of time with him when he grew up. They played a big part in his upbringing. Uncle Lloyd’s love for boats and Harley was passed on to Bud.
After the service at the cemetery, the family received friends.
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