Elton "Pappy" Elkins Latham

Friday, September 13, 1935 - Wednesday, January 6, 2021

In Honor and Remembrance

Photo of Elton "Pappy" Elkins Latham  - 1935-2021

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.

Condolences from family and friends

I am so glad to have known him in Alaska. He and his wife were always there to listen to my life story and help me with my problems. Pappy was a true blue Southern GENTLEMAN
Anne Seyssens
Such a lovely write up for such a lovely man. We will truly miss him and his sweetness. Our thoughts and numerous prayers are with you, Judi and your family.
Howard and Arlene
My sincere sympathy to you and your family. That is a great picture of Pappy! All your great memories will help you through the days ahead. Love. Dora
Dora Folske
We were sad to hear of Pappy's passing. We both are so glad we got to meet him (and Judie) in Alaska and again in Georgia. Sounds like he had a rich, full life and we know he will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with the family.
Tommy and Diana Mixon
Judy we love you! So happy that you and pappy were in Alaska and touched our hearts. Love and prayers the Coys
Shane Coy family
It was so sad to hear of Pappy's passing. I enjoyed meeting and getting to know him and Judi while visiting in Alaska. I know he will be missed by all his friends and family. God's blessings to Judi and the family.
Clara S. Carnes
I’ll start with saying that there are no words and then spend forever trying to find the right ones. Thank you both for sharing your lives with all of us here in Alaska. So many will miss Pappy. And while life goes on there is a sadness that we can’t reach out and touch him. But he is not gone to us since he is never farther than a thought or a dream away. He doesn’t miss us because he is always with us. I read someplace that Our Fathers house has many rooms and Pappy Is not gone forever but just in another room. When we miss Pappy all we have to do is think of him and he’ll be with us. So while our hearts are heavy with the sadness of loosing Pappy it is lighter for having known and loving him. And Judie - the mostest.
Vickie Moyle
PAPA I WILL TRULY MISS YOU SETTING OUT BACK WITH ME WHILE I HAD A CIG. AND YOU HAD YOUR CHEW AND WE SPENT QUITE A FEW DAYS OUT BACK OF APT.. AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. FLY HIGH WITH THE ANGLES. LOVE YOU MY FRIEND
DORA PRESSLEY
So glad we met you both here in AK. Even though we only just got to know you in 2016, it seemed like we'd been friends forever!! Pappy always had a smile on his face and something to kid about. Enjoyed his peanut butter crackers without the tops and the potatoes he grew. Condolences to his family from ours!
Wendy