James Lee “Jim” Latham, 70, of Odessa passed away Monday, March 22,
2004, at Medical Center Hospital. Jim was born May 5, 1933, in Sabinal,
Texas, to Elonzo Samuel Latham and Maggie Zaylee Latham.
Jim served in the United States Air Force at Lackland A.F.B. in San
Antonio, Texas. While in the service, Jim and Rose Estelle Howard were
joined in marriage on May 10, 1953. Jim and Estelle moved to Midland in
1955. In 1957, they moved to Odessa where they have settled ever since.
Jim started Latham Auto Supply in 1964 and served the automotive needs
of friends and customers for over three decades until his retirement in
1995. Jim was also known throughout the Permian Basin for his
outstanding lead-guitar playing in area clubs and dance halls.
Jim is survived by his bride of fifty years, Estelle; four children, Jim
Latham and wife, Christy, of Tyler, Texas, Laura Sevier of Houston, Mike
Latham and wife, Edith, of Odessa, Sandra Masters and husband, Greg, of
Odessa; Jim’s sister, Sue Bangert of Odessa; five grandchildren,
Darren Pruett of Amarillo, Amy Latham of Frisco, Texas, James Latham of
Blanchard, Okla., Morgan Nicole Greenough of Houston, and Sebastian; two
step-grandsons; Jonathan Stark of Irving, Texas; and Jason Stark of
Missouri City, Texas; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews
and great-nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home,
Wednesday, March 24, 2004, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25,
2004, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Braswell
Pallbearers will be Johnathan Stark, Al Weinkauf, Sidney Keith, Greg
Masters, Kermit Rose and Steve Estes. Interment will follow at Sunset
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Medical Center Development
Corporation, P.O. Box 7335, Odessa, TX 79760.
Services have been entrusted to Sunset Memorial Funeral Home of Odessa.