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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.


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.


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


Obituary for Lisa Ann Greer

From the web site of the Ponder Funeral Home, Sikeston, Missouri.

Lisa Ann Lathum

Born: October 22, 1962
Died: March 11, 2014

Lisa Ann LathumLisa A. Lathum, age 51, died March 11, 2014 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Born October 22, 1962 in Sikeston to Otis and Merle McIntyre Greer who survive of Sikeston.

She was married to James Lathum[1]; he preceded her in death January 15, 2013. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two daughters, Jenny Lathum and Mindy Jones both of Cape Girardeau; one brother, Daniel and Hilda Greer both of Salcedo; one sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Johnny Jenkins of Sikeston; paternal grandfather, Bud Miller of Sikeston; nieces and nephews, Bethany Jenkins, John Erik Jenkins, Dustin Greer, Sierra Greer, Joey Greer, Johnna Fisher and Robin Mayfield; and great nieces and nephews, Jackson Jenkins, Avrie Cannon, Claire Jenkins and Emelia Jenkins.

Friends may call Friday at Ponder Funeral Home from 10:00 until time of services at 12:00, Rev. Elizabeth Banks, will officiate.
Interment will follow in the Matthews Cemetery at Matthews.

There is also a video tribute at


[1] James Lathum was the son of Eber Lathum and Freeda King. Eber was the son of Frank Lathum and American Ann Watts. America was the daughter of my 2x great grandfather, William Alexander Watts, Jr. That makes Lisa my second cousin-in-law once removed.


Ponder Funeral Home. “Lisa Ann Lathum.” Retrieved 28 December 2014.

Genevieve Smith Lathum

I was browsing the web site of the Sikeston Standard-Democrat today when I came across something that saddened me – an obituary for Genevieve Smith Lathum. In 2011, I corresponded with her husband DJ Lathum via Genevieve’s Facebook account about Stella Graham Martin and Nona Graham Lathum. DJ and Genevieve were very friendly to me and I was pleased to share information with them. My condolences to the Lathum family.

Here is a copy of Genevieve’s obituary:

Genevieve Smith Lathum

Genevieve Smith Lathum, 72, of Eads, TN, died April 16, 2014 at Baptist Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 17, 1941 at Canalou, MO, the daughter of the late Lige and Ella Smith. She attended Canalou High School and was a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University.

Genevieve was the former owner of Sikeston Fabrics and co-owner of Wooten Transports of Memphis. She was a member of Collierville First Assembly of God Church.

On June 8, 1958, she married D. J. Lathum, who survives her as well as her son, Mike Lathum of Eads, TN and her daughter, Brenda Small (Jaime) of Charleston, MO and 3 granddaughters, Catherine Small and Madison and Morgan Lathum, one grandson, James Small, two sisters, Betty Johnson (Bill) and Emily Moore (Doug) both of Sikeston, one brother, Bob Smith (Mary) of Wentzville, MO and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Jo Lathum, and two brothers, Floyd Smith and Donnie Smith.

The family will receive friends Thursday, April 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Chapel and Friday, April 18, from 1 p.m. until the service at 2 p.m. at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston, MO, with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Dignity Memorial. “In Memory of Genevieve Smith Lathum.” Retrieved on Friday, 25 April 2014.

Find A Grave. Genevieve Smith Lathum, Memorial 128066442. Retrieved on Friday, 25 April 2014

Obituary: James Lathum

Published today in the Sikeston Standard-Democrat:

James Lathum

MATTHEWS — James Franklin Lathum, 55, died Jan. 15, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

Born July 17, 1957, in Sikeston to the late Eber and Freeda King Lathum, he was a self-employed farmer and well driller. He was of the Baptist faith, and was a 32nd degree Mason, Shriner, and lifetime charter member of Big Prairie Jaycees.

Survivors include: his wife, Lisa Lathum of the home; one daughter, Jenny Lathum of Cape Girardeau; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Cheryl Lathum of Sikeston, Tommy and Daphne Lathum of Bradenton, Fla., Teddy and Debbie Lathum of Doniphan, and Herbert Dale and Renee of Matthews; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Peggy and Melvin Seiler of Benton, Ky., and Deanna and Mike Fansler of Sikeston; and several nieces and nephews

One sister, Maggie Erwin, preceded in death.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services at noon Friday at Ponder Funeral Home. The Rev. Jason Redden, pastor of Emanuel Baptist Church, will officiate. Masonic rites are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Burial will follow in the Matthews Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent at

Paid obituary


James was the grandson of Frank Lathum and America Ann Watts.


Sikeston Standard-Democrat, “James Lathum,” published Wednesday, 16 January 2013. Retrieved on 16 January 2013.

Obituary: Freeda King

In a sad coincidence, just as I posted an article mentioning Eber Lathum and his wife Freeda, I discovered that Freeda died this past Tuesday, 4 September 2012. Here is her obituary, which was published yesterday in The Sikeston Standard Democrat:

Freeda Lathum Parker

MATTHEWS — Freeda Lathum Parker, 87, died Sept. 4, 2012, at Golden Living Center in New Madrid.

She was born March 24, 1925, in Rambo Community of Leslie, Ark., daughter of the late James Avery and Callie Faye (Raines) King. She had been a member of Immanuel Baptist Church of Sikeston since May 16, 1971.

She was married to Eber Lathum, and he preceded her in death. She later married William Parker, and he preceded her in death.

One daughter, Maggie Irwin, also preceded her in death.

She has five sons, Jerry (Cheryl) Lathum, Tommy (Daphne) Lathum, Teddy (Debbie) Lathum, James Franklin Lathum and Herbert Dale (Renee) Lathum; two daughters, Peggy (Melvin) Seiler and Deanna (Mike) Fansler; six brothers, Dwight, DeLight, Rufus, Doyle, Lowell and James; five sisters, Alcie Elliott, Radie Young, Lavina Craig, Dolly Mae Baker and Annabelle Treece; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Ponder Funeral Home, followed by graveside services at 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston. The Rev. Jason Redden, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church of Sikeston, will officiate.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Mike Seiler, Richard Seiler, T.J. Lathum, Matt Irwin, Kendrick Lathum and Johnny Powell.

Online condolences may be sent at


Sikeston Standard Democrat, “Freeda Lathum Parker,” published on Thursday, 6 September 2012. Retrieved on 7 September 2012.

Sunday Savage Social

Another visit with the Savages, but from the previous year,1951.


Mr. and Mrs. Dan Graham[1] of Charter Oak, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Lathom[2] and Mrs. Ebert Lathom[3] and two sons of Sikeston were guests of Mrs. R. C. Savage[4] last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom McKim of Bragg City, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Savage[5] and Mrs. R. C. Savage visited R. C. Savage in the Brandon Hospital in Poplar Bluff last Sunday[6].


[1] Daniel Page Graham and Blanche Watts.

[2] William Steve Lathum and Minnie Caldwell.

[3] Freeda King. Uncertain which two sons accompanied her. Her husband, Eber Lathum, was Steve’s brother.

[4] Armelta Bellzora “Bell” Watts, aunt of Blanche Watts and Steve and Eber Lathum.

[5] Dallas Clyde Savage and his wife Mary Pauline Couglin. Clyde was the son of Robert Claiborn Savage and Bell Watts.

[6] “Last Sunday” was 28 October 1951. Not known why Robert Savage was in the hospital.

Source “Morehouse News,” The Sikeston Herald, Thursday, 1 November 1951, page 16. Retrieved on 7 September 2012.

A Weekend With The Savages

This excerpt comes from the Morehouse, Missouri society section of the 29 May 1952 edition of The Sikeston Herald.


Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Savage[1] had as guests last week-end[2] Mr. and Mrs. Morley Watts[3] and daughter[4] of Marshall, Ark.

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Lathom[5] of near Sikeston, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Graham[6] of Sikeston visited Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Savage last Sunday.


[1] Robert Claiborn Savage and his wife Armelta Bellzora “Bell” Watts.

[2] “Last week-end” was 24-25 May 1952.

[3] William Marley Watts and his wife Cordelia Mae Kimbrell. Marley was Bell’s brother.

[4] Probably Marley and Cordelia’s daughter Ermadean, since their other daughter Blanche was referenced separately and living in Missouri. See [6].

[5] William Steve Lathum and his wife Minnie Caldwell. Steve was the son of Frank Lathum and his wife America Ann Watts. America was the sister of Marley and Bell, thus Steve was their nephew.

[6] Daniel Page Graham and his wife Blanche Watts.

Source “Morehouse,” The Sikeston Herald, Thursday, 29 May 1952, page 3. Retrieved on 6 September 2012.

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