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Basford D. Latham

October 30, 1933 ~ February 17, 2019 (age 85)

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Mr. Basford Desmond Latham was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the village of Diamonds on October 30, 1933.  He was the fourth child born to the Late Clyde and Princess Latham.  Mr. Latham is survived by his sister, Venus Shepard; his children, Marlene, Ledson, Agnes and Clyde; twenty grandchildren; six-teen great grandchildren; several step children and nephews and nieces too numerous to mention.  His favorite  nephew, David Williams.  At the age of 18, Basford left Diamonds Village and resided with his sister, the Late Viola Williams at Questelles in his quest for upward mobility and a better life.  He gained employment in St. Vincent at the Public Works Department as a truck driver.  In 1962, he came to Florida on the farm workers program and was stationed in Winter Haven.  There is where he met his first wife, the Late Rosalie Steel Latham.  He returned to St. Vincent in 1963 and not long after, he returned to U.S.A.  to join his wife.  He resided in Winter Haven for several years before he moved to Dade City.  While in Dade City, he worked at Cash and Karry Super Market for several years.  He later gained employment with the School Board as a Custodian at Cox Elementary School in Dade City where he worked for over twenty years.  He retired in 2002 as the Assistant Plant Manager.  Mr. Latham enjoyed traveling and would returned to St. Vincent on several occasions. His main hobby was playing cards.  He was always over in the country under the tree with his friends playing cards.  He was  affectionately known as Mr. Nateton, by his friends.  Everyone thought Mr. Nateton was his first name which is a mispronunciation of his name, Latham. Mr. Latham was married twice; first to Rosalie and then to the Late Katrine Craig Latham.  He had a close relationship with his in-laws and was addressed as “Paps” by his step children.  His extended family in U.S.A., Canada, St. Vincent and Trinidad mourn the loss of a beloved father, brother and uncle, Mr. Basford Desmond Latham. 

*The family wishes to thank Management and Staff of Gulfside Regional Hospice for the care they have rendered to our dear loved one.  

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February 27, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mt. Zion AME Church
14440 7th Street
Dade City, FL 33525

Celebration of Life
February 28, 2019

11:00 AM
Mt. Zion AME Church
14440 7th Street
Dade City, FL 33525

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