Obituary for Dec. 25, 2013

Dec. 24, 2013 @ 01:16 PM

Wilma Lathan

Wilma Greene Lathan, 87, of Lenoir really did get to go home for Christmas; she went home to be with Jesus, Dec. 24, 2013. Born Nov. 9, 1926, in Watauga County, Mrs. Lathan was a daughter of the late Willie Lawrence and Flora Greene.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, David Euell Smith Sr.; her second husband, Clarence Henry Lathan; two stepsons, David Lee Lathan and Bill Lathan; one brother, Cecil Greene; and two sisters, Lorena Greene and Linda Watson.

Mrs. Lathan graduated from Watauga High School and the nursing program through Blackwelder’s Hospital. She was a member of Central Baptist Church. Wilma loved her career in nursing but her greatest joy was taking care of her grandchildren.

She is survived by her six children, Rebecca “Becky” Beck and husband Charles of Lenoir, Dr. David Smith and wife Rhonda of Hudson, Sandra Jordan and husband Rick of Hickory, Lisa Helton and husband Chad of Lenoir, Karen Lathan Brennan and husband Steve of Virginia Beach, and Mack Lathan and wife Rebecca of Belize; two sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy (Willie) Harris of Miller’s Creek, and Lou Copley of Matthews; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mrs. Lathan’s life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Central Baptist Church-Whitnel with the Rev. John Jernigan officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11:30 until 1 prior to the service at Central Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be: Chris Beck, Brock Beck, Josh Smith, Tye Jordan, Dennis Sherrill and Tracey Stallings.

The family respectfully requests memorials be made to Central Baptist Church, 311 SW Connelly Springs Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Lathan Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Lathan Family.