Family members, friends, law officers attend funeral for former LPD chief

Leonard Latham (Source: Carroay Funeral Home)
Leonard Latham (Source: Carroay Funeral Home)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin city officials, police officers, Angelina County Sheriff's deputies, family members, and friends gathered at Denman Avenue Baptist Church Monday morning to pay their final respects to former LPD Chief Leonard Latham, who died Friday.

According to an obituary that appeared on the Carroway Funeral Home Web site, Latham was born Dec. 22, 1934 in Forest, which is located in Cherokee County. The Rev. Horace Fletcher officiated at his funeral.

Latham retired as the Lufkin Police Chief after 30 years of service to the department; he worked there from September 1960 to March 1991, according to a spokesperson for the City of Lufkin. He also served as the interim sheriff for Angelina County and was a member of Lufkin Masonic Lodge #669.

"Leonard and Jeanie traveled the U.S.A. from 'sea to shining sea,'" the obituary stated.

The obituary also stated that Latham and his wife enjoyed traveling with friends and family members. An avid outdoorsman, Latham enjoyed hunting and fishing and traveled to Colorado and Alaska to do so.

"He caught many catfish, and did his share of bragging," the obituary stated. "Later in life, his favorite hobbies were his grandkids. He loved teaching them to fish, run the boat motor, churn butter, and work in the garden."

The obituary said "with his grandkids or anyone else he met" he always had advice to give them.

Latham is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jeanie; daughter and son-in-law Luz and Donnie Carver; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Daryl Latham; grandchildren, Lacey, Ben, Ben, and Laurie Carver, Sidney, Riley, and Makenzey Latham; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Charles Flowers, Maxine and A.C. Monsinger, and Charlotte and Charles Ruby, brother-in-law, Robert Chapmon, and very special friend, Gerry Griffith.

Current and retired Lufkin Police officers and Angelina County Sheriff's deputies attended the funeral as special guests.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Hope Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 901, Wells, Texas 75976 or to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 West Frank Ave., Lufkin, Texas 75904.

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