In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Kathy Jennings Latham, 73

Kathy Latham, 1946-2020

Kathy Frances Jennings Latham, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel among Southeast Asian Affinity Peoples in the Philippines and among European Affinity People in Ukraine, died Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at Regency Retirement Village in Jackson, Tennessee. She was 73.

She was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, on Nov. 10, 1946, to the late Herman and Carolyn Pettit Jennings. Latham received the Bachelor of Arts from Blue Mountain (Miss.) College, the Master of Arts in Religious Education from Union University, Jackson, Tennessee, and the Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

After college, Latham worked two years as education secretary at her home church, First Baptist Church, Kosciusko.

At seminary, she met Tony Glenn Latham and they married in 1971. After seminary, they moved to Prince Frederick, Maryland, where Kathy taught, and Tony was a pastor.

The International Mission Board appointed the Lathams as missionaries in 1975, and they served in the Philippines and the Ukraine. They retired in 2004 after serving 24 years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony, who died in 2016. She is survived by her sons, Paul A. Latham (Holly) and John A. Latham (Jennifer) of Jackson; two sisters, Nancy Storey and Marilyn Leiker; and four grandchildren.

A funeral service was held June 13, 2020, in the chapel of Arrington Funeral Directors, Jackson, with burial following in Ridgecrest Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be directed to Calvary Baptist Church, 119 Oil Well Road, Jackson, TN 38305; Gideons International, West Camp, P. O. Box 173, Jackson, TN 38302; the International Mission Board, 3806 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA 23230; or Union University, 1050 Union University Drive, Jackson, TN 38305.

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