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Frankie Lathum’s Obituary

I transcribed this obituary from an issue of The Daily Standard of Sikeston, Missouri. I left the capitalization and spelling exactly how it appeared in the original publication.

Frankie Lathum Service Monday

MATTHEWS – Frankie Lathum, 60, farmer on route one, died of a heart attack, shortly after being admitted to the Missouri Delta Community hospital in Sikeston Saturday[1].

He was born[2] in Marshall, Ark., Nov. 9, 1906.

Surviving are his wife, mrs. Irene Lathum[3]; one son, D.J. Lathum[4], Memphis, one stepson, Thomas Jordan, St. Charles; three stepdaughters[5], Mrs. Ernest Bowien, West Memphis, Ark., Mrs. Fred Harris, Matthews, and Mrs. Bert Hembree, Las Vegas, Nev., three brothers, Steve and Eber Lathum, both of Matthews, and Joe Lathum, Sacramento, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Halstead, Marshall, Ark., and Mrs. Lee Oliver, Cape Girardeau; and 10 grandchildren.

Services were at 10 a.m. Monday[6] in the Jackson Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, with Don Glover, officiating.

Burial was in the Chinquatin cemetery[7] in Marshall.

Notes

1. “Saturday” was Christmas Eve, 24 December 1966.

2. Frankie was born to parents Frank Lathum and American Ann Watts.

3. Frankie’s second wife, Irene Polk. Her obituary was transcribed here.

4. DJ is the only child of Frankie and his first wife, Nona Elizabeth Graham.

5. The step-children are all from Irene Polk’s first marriage to James Thomas Jordan. The three step-daughters, listed under their married names, are as follows:  Reba Lee Jordan (Mrs. Ernest Bowien), Ruby Mae Jordan (Mrs. Fred Harris), and Barbara Ann Jordan (Mrs. Bert Hembree).

6. “Monday” was 26 December 1966.

7. A misspelling of Chinquapin Cemetery.

Sources

The Daily Standard (Sikeston, Missouri), “Frankie Lathum Service Monday”,published Wednesday, 28 December 1966. Retrieved from newspapers.com on Friday, 10 July 2015.


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