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James Leo Latham

November 16, 1939 ~ September 17, 2021 (age 81)


James’ life began November 16, 1939, in Olaphant, Arkansas. As a young man he moved to Michigan. He worked for many years for Walsh’s Body Shop in Benton Harbor. Doing body work was also a hobby, you could find him fixing cars in his spare time. He enjoyed traveling, camping, riding his motorcycle and following NASCAR.


James leaves behind a large loving family to cherish his memory including: four children Melissa (Chris) Hopper, James R (Jen) Latham, Joseph D (Dawn) Latham, and Jason N (Dawn) Latham; six step-children Robert (Margie) Latham, Judi (Greg) Arnt, Roger (Linda) Latham, Craig Latham, Dorothy Leas, and John (Dawn) Latham; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; a sister Mary Alice Voisard; and several nieces and nephews.


James died Friday, September 17, at home with family. He is preceded in death by: two wives Betty Jean Latham and Gertrude “Trudy” Latham; four siblings Ellen Maxine Howley, Emma Jean Ashley, Richard Latham and John Latham; and his parents Wallace Latham and Bessie (Starnes) Ashley.


Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet is assisting James’ family with cremation. They will celebrate his life with a memorial service later and he will be buried privately at Watervliet Cemetery. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for James family.

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