World War II Veteran will be laid to rest

Willie Lattimore, a World War II veteran of the US Air Force will be laid to rest on Friday, April 12. Worship service at Calvary Baptist Church, 201 S 9th St., West Monroe at 12 noon.Internment: Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery at 2:00 pm.

His official obituary reads as follows:

Willie James Lattimore was born June 20, 1923, to the union of James Lattimore and Susie Haley in Dayton, Ohio. He grew up and attended public schools in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Willie was drafted from Wright Patterson Field Air Base in Dayton, Ohio into the United States Air Force. His tours of duty carried him to the Philippines, New Guinea, and Australia. While serving in New Guinea during World War II, Willie saved his company and was awarded a Bronze Star.

In 1958, Willie met and married Joyce Richard in Chicago, IL. To this union which spanned over 60 years, three children were born: Reggie, Diane, and Judy. Judy preceded her father in death.

In 1992, Willie Lattimore and his wife Joyce Lattimore relocated to West Monroe, LA. He united (she re-united) with Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Bro. Lattimore became an ordained deacon and was faithful in his service to the Deacon Board and the Church. He worked tirelessly with the construction company during the building of the new edifice. For many years he served as a business runner for Pastor Armstrong.

Bro. Lattimore was one of an elite group of heroes aboard the Heroes Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2015. This trip was sponsored by Brookshire’s and during the visit, he had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Brother Willie Lattimore leaves cherished memories to: Joyce Lattimore, his wife of sixty years, son Reggie (wife Beverly) Arlington, TN, daughter, Diane (New Orleans), step-daughter, Joycelyn Craft (West Monroe); nephew, Cliff Burems (wife Edna) Los Angeles, CA; sisters-in-law, Eddie Richard (Monroe) and Mary Wilson (Lancaster, TX); grandson, Chris Craft, Meredith Lattimore and Brandon Lattimore; great-nephews, Ted Richard, III (wife Andra) Houston, TX and Darrell Richard (wife Joan) Fort Worth, TX; two great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters.