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John Edward Latham, 72, of Chaptico died peacefully April 6, 2012, at Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, after a lengthy and courageous struggle with cancer.

Born July 3, 1939, he was the son of the late James Leonard Latham and Maude Elizabeth (Russell) Latham of Chaptico. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Carolyn Latham; and his brother, Joseph Leonard Latham.

He was a loving father and a wonderful grandfather and brother. He will be remembered for his love of family, his sense of humor and contagious smile. He will also be remembered for his love of car racing and many winning moments at the Budds Creek Raceway. In his younger years, he built and raced his car named “Latham’s Toy.” He passed the love of racing on to his children and spent many Friday nights at the track proudly watching his sons carry on his legacy. He will also be remembered by many for his lucky hand at playing cards and shooting pool.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his children, Lois A. Doyle of Mechanicsville, Lisa A. Latham (Clarence Lawrence) of Mechanicsville, Judy A. Freeman of Essex County, Va., John M. Latham (Tammy) of Chaptico and J. Michael Latham (Kim) of Chaptico; his stepchildren, David C. Richards (Judy) of Chaptico, Robert P. Richards (Judy) of Waldorf, Steven D. Jones (Danette) of Waldorf and Sally M. Jones-Gray (Johnny) of Hollywood; his siblings, James M. Latham (Dolly), Francis A. Latham, Eugene Latham, Joyce Sandidge, Irvin Latham (Sarah), Lorraine Okrie (Len), Dee Latham and Margie Hicks; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends today, April 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., with prayers to be recited at 7 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, April 12, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bushwood. Interment will follow at the church cemetery in Bushwood.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650; or Cedar Lane Apartments, 22680 Cedar Lane Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.