MATTHEWS -- James Franklin Lathum, 55, died Jan. 15, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born July 17, 1957, in Sikeston to the late Eber and Freeda King Lathum, he was a self-employed farmer and well driller. He was of the Baptist faith, and was a 32nd degree Mason, Shriner, and lifetime charter member of Big Prairie Jaycees.
Survivors include: his wife, Lisa Lathum of the home; one daughter, Jenny Lathum of Cape Girardeau; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Cheryl Lathum of Sikeston, Tommy and Daphne Lathum of Bradenton, Fla., Teddy and Debbie Lathum of Doniphan, and Herbert Dale and Renee Lathum of Matthews; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Peggy and Melvin Seiler of Benton, Ky., and Deanna and Mike Fansler of Sikeston; and several nieces and nephews
One sister, Maggie Irwin, preceded in death.
Visitation was at 10 a.m. today, with Masonic rites at 10:30 a.m. at Ponder Funeral Home. Funeral services followed at noon with the Rev. Jason Redden, pastor of Emanuel Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial followed in the Matthews Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: John-Erik Jenkins, Larry Issac, T.J. Lathum, Kendrick Lathum, Greg Lasters and Dennis Burns.
Online condolences may be sent at www.ponderfuneralhome.com.