James E. Latham, 73 of Ozark, Arkansas formerly of Paris passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in Ozark. He was born on August 31, 1946 in Starkville, Mississippi to his parents, Eck Latham and Betty Yates.
James retired from the United States Navy in 1989 after serving for over 24 years earning the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. After his retirement from the military he worked for both Eastern Airlines and Raytheon Company building airplanes. He was an avid golfer and member of Little Creek Country Club and always enjoyed fishing and going to the casino with Victoria.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Eck Latham and Betty Yates and one brother, Wayne Latham.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Victoria (Kellar) Latham of Ozark; four sons, Jimmy Latham of Rome, Georgia, David Latham and wife Alisha of Ozark, John Opperman and wife Carol of Paris and Jason Kellar and Char of Paris; two daughters, Jamie Dial and husband James of Sacramento, California and Kathy McDaniel and husband Billy Don of Ozark; four sisters, Margaret Dukes and Bill Plaxico of Booneville, Mississippi, Lindo Fowler of Eupora, Mississippi, Patsey Woods of North Carolina and Ruby Sullivan of Starkville, Mississippi; 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris. The funeral service will begin at 3:00 p.m., with burial to follow in Oakwood Cemetery with full military honors under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Latham, David Latham, John Opperman, Jason Kellar, Billy Don McDaniel and Bobby Thompson.