William Ross Lathinghouse, Jr.

William Ross Lathinghouse, Jr., 72, of College Ave., DeFuniak Springs, died early Wednesday morning in a local hospital.

Mr Lathinghouse was a native and life long resident of Walton County. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he taught the Philathea Sunday School Class for 25 years. He was past president of the DeFuniak Springs Kiwonis Club, a member of the International Order of the Odd Fellows, past commander of the Third Battalion 124 Infantry of the Florida National Guard and served in World War II. He was the former postmaster of the Post Office in DeFuniak Springs.

Survivors include: his wife, Virginia Spence Lathinghouse of DeFuniak Springs; two sons, Charles E. Cosson of DeFuniak Springs, Thomas F. Lathinghouse of Ft. Walton Beach; a sister, Frances Campbell-Jones of DeFuniak Springs; a brother, Thomas L. Lathinghouse of DeFuniak Springs; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday in the chapel of Comander Funeral Home with Rev. Jesse Evans, Rev. Henry Mooney, and Rev. Hubert McCrary officiating.

Burial will be In the Steele Church Cemetery with Comander Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Floral contributions are being accepted but memorials may also be made to the First United Methodist Church.

Active pallbearers will be: Roy L. Best, Dwan Bishop, Obie Gatlin, Bill Fountain, Pete Pope, and Tommy Yates.

Honorary pallbearers will be: D. L Anderson, Mitford Bass, Harold Gillis, Oscar Harrison, W. A. Garrett, Fred Comander, Art Goolsby, Robert Seller, Landrum [Cawthon], S. L. Sims, Edgar M. Yates, Ronald Wise, P. C. Rutherford, Robert Spence, Gene Williams, John Young, Clyde Rhodes, David Sella, and John Lawson.

[Source: Pensacola News Journal, September 15, 1988, Page 20]

Burial: Alaqua Methodist Church Cemetery, Steele Church]