Elton "Pappy" Elkins Latham
In Honor and Remembrance
Elton Elkins “Pappy” Latham departed our lives on January 6th, 2021. He began his incredible life journey in Curve, TN 85 years ago and later moved to West Monroe, LA where he resided the early part of his life. He lived his life to the fullest and as a young man, he honorably served his country in the US Army where he worked as a Russian Linguist. During his deployment to the Aleutian Islands Pappy fell in love with the Alaskan people and the wild frontier. He later made his home there for many years with his wife where they met many lifelong friends.
Following his military service, he returned home to West Monroe, LA where he worked as a rancher, contractor, entrepreneur, and jack of all trades. He eventually made his way to Western NC where he homesteaded with his wife. There they built a life filled with livestock, gardens, woodworking, friends, family, and community. Those blessed to have known him knew he had a gentle, kind spirit, quit wit, desire to help all animals, love of country music, treated all people with respect and kindness, and had an unending love and devotion to his family as a husband, brother, son, father, and Papaw.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Emma Latham; father, Jesse Latham; sister, Matilda Linsey; and daughter, Coy Lee Latham.
He is survived by his wife, Judy H. Latham; sons, Clinton D. Latham, Brice Hall, and Kevin Sandefur; daughters, Julianne Latham, and Melanie Sandefur; granddaughters, Haley Latham Marsh and Jessica S Garner; grandson, Shaun “Bubba” Sandefur; sister, Charlotte Dante; great-granddaughter, Ellie Faith Garner and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He will be greatly missed, but forever in our hearts.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Latham family.