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William Lester Latham

June 28, 1943 — November 1, 2023


William "Chuck" Lester Latham, a beloved member of the Abingdon community, has passed away at the age of 80. Born on June 28, 1943, in Abingdon, VA, William was a kind-hearted individual who will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, dedication, and love for his family.

William dedicated 23 years of his life to Westinghouse as a machine operator. His commitment and work ethic were unparalleled, and he was highly regarded by his colleagues. William's contributions to the company will always be remembered with gratitude.

In addition to his successful career, William also served his country in the US Army for three years. His time in the military shaped him into a disciplined and honorable man. The sacrifices he made for his country are admirable and will never be forgotten.

Outside of work and military service, William had numerous hobbies and interests that brought him immense joy. He possessed a green thumb and spent countless hours tending to his garden. Gardening was not just a hobby for him; it was a passion that allowed him to express his creativity and find solace in nature. William also took great pride in maintaining his yard; he believed that a well-manicured lawn was a reflection of one's character.

A devoted supporter of Virginia Tech Football, William cheered on his favorite team with unwavering enthusiasm during every game. Saturdays were cherished moments when he could relax with loved ones while immersed in the excitement of the sport he adored.

William is preceded in death by his parents, William White and Eva Latham White; sons John Latham and Brad Latham; brothers Joe White and Jimmy Latham; sister Shelby Harding and Connie Watson.

William's warm heart extended to his family and friends. He leaves behind cherished memories for all those fortunate enough to have been close to him. Barbara Lawson stood by his side as his loving partner throughout life's journey, providing unwavering support and companionship. He shared an unbreakable bond with his brother Buster White with spouse, Delores, and sister Betty Widener making memories together forever to be treasured. Dwane Latham and Gary Latham were blessed to call him their father, who instilled valuable life lessons and shared treasured moments. Lenora Latham, as William's daughter-in-law, experienced his kindness and unwavering support firsthand. Christine Necessary, William's daughter, held a special place in his heart and was the recipient of his unconditional love. Also survived by his special dogs Sam and Milo.

Six grandchildren were lucky enough to have William as their doting grandfather. His presence in their lives was a source of delight, and he relished every opportunity to shower them with affection and wisdom. Furthermore, William had the joy of knowing his great-grandchild, a new addition to the family who brought immense happiness into his life.

Rachael Waddell was not only a niece to William but also held a significant role in his life. Their bond ran deep, and the memories they created together will forever be cherished. A special thanks to the DeBord Family, Glenda, Brenda, and Matt.

William will also be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews who held a special place in his heart. His love for family knew no bounds, and he touched the lives of many through his kind and generous nature.

A graveside service will be held on November 5, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon, VA., Military Honors provided by Virginia Army National Guard and Highlands Veterans Honor Guard.  Forest Hills Memory Gardens is located at 19415 Lee Hwy, Abingdon, VA 24210. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to a local animal shelter.

William Lester Latham will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to his work, his bravery in serving his country, and most importantly, the love he showered upon his family. His impact on the lives of those around him is immeasurable. As we mourn the loss of this exceptional individual, let us celebrate the life he lived and carry forward the lessons he taught us about dedication, kindness, and love for family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

The family of William "Chuck" Lester Latham is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 623-2700.

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Sunday, November 5, 2023

2:00 - 2:45 pm (Eastern time)

Forest Hills Memory Gardens

19415 Lee Hwy, Abingdon, VA 24210

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