He was born on Aug. 17, 1917, in Denver, Colo., to Louise Newman and Frederick Charles Latcham. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Army of Occupation in Italy.
He married Joyce Atkins in Beeville on Oct. 3, 1953. He was retired as publisher of the Beeville Publishing Company.
He was long active in civic organizations, and was a steadfast proponent of Bee County. An editorial he wrote calling for the need for a community college here initiated a Chamber of Commerce drive that he chaired, ultimately to create Bee County College. He served as the first chairman of the board from 1965-78 for the school now known as Coastal Bend College.
He was a past president of the Beeville Rotary Club, the Bee County Chamber of Commerce, the South Texas Press Association, a director of the South Texas Chamber of Commerce, a director of Commercial National Bank of Beeville and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Beeville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, two sisters, and his wife, Joyce, in 2000.
He is survived by two sons, Frederick Charles Latcham III and wife Lisa and George G. Latcham and wife Gina, both of Beeville; and five grandchildren, Jake, Eric, Julie, Lesley and Georgia Latcham.
Visitation was to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Galloway & Sons Funeral Home chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday) at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Duke officiating. Lucille Kinkler will provide organ music. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Beeville Publishing Company office personnel: Eddie Gomez, Alex Treviño, Gary Kent, Clyde Semar, Ruben Montez and Bruce Harper. Honorary pallbearers will be Clyde Lacy, Bill Moser, R.W. Dirks, Robert Hollingsworth, Lakin Miller and all employees and former employees of the Beeville Publishing Company.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Capital Campaign Fund or the American Cancer Society.
Galloway & Sons Inc. Funeral Directors