Monthly Archives: September 2012

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Obituary: Freeda King

In a sad coincidence, just as I posted an article mentioning Eber Lathum and his wife Freeda, I discovered that Freeda died this past Tuesday, 4 September 2012. Here is her obituary, which was published yesterday in The Sikeston Standard Democrat:

Freeda Lathum Parker

MATTHEWS — Freeda Lathum Parker, 87, died Sept. 4, 2012, at Golden Living Center in New Madrid.

She was born March 24, 1925, in Rambo Community of Leslie, Ark., daughter of the late James Avery and Callie Faye (Raines) King. She had been a member of Immanuel Baptist Church of Sikeston since May 16, 1971.

She was married to Eber Lathum, and he preceded her in death. She later married William Parker, and he preceded her in death.

One daughter, Maggie Irwin, also preceded her in death.

She has five sons, Jerry (Cheryl) Lathum, Tommy (Daphne) Lathum, Teddy (Debbie) Lathum, James Franklin Lathum and Herbert Dale (Renee) Lathum; two daughters, Peggy (Melvin) Seiler and Deanna (Mike) Fansler; six brothers, Dwight, DeLight, Rufus, Doyle, Lowell and James; five sisters, Alcie Elliott, Radie Young, Lavina Craig, Dolly Mae Baker and Annabelle Treece; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Ponder Funeral Home, followed by graveside services at 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston. The Rev. Jason Redden, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church of Sikeston, will officiate.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Mike Seiler, Richard Seiler, T.J. Lathum, Matt Irwin, Kendrick Lathum and Johnny Powell.

Online condolences may be sent at


Sikeston Standard Democrat, “Freeda Lathum Parker,” published on Thursday, 6 September 2012. Retrieved on 7 September 2012.

Sunday Savage Social

Another visit with the Savages, but from the previous year,1951.


Mr. and Mrs. Dan Graham[1] of Charter Oak, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Lathom[2] and Mrs. Ebert Lathom[3] and two sons of Sikeston were guests of Mrs. R. C. Savage[4] last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom McKim of Bragg City, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Savage[5] and Mrs. R. C. Savage visited R. C. Savage in the Brandon Hospital in Poplar Bluff last Sunday[6].


[1] Daniel Page Graham and Blanche Watts.

[2] William Steve Lathum and Minnie Caldwell.

[3] Freeda King. Uncertain which two sons accompanied her. Her husband, Eber Lathum, was Steve’s brother.

[4] Armelta Bellzora “Bell” Watts, aunt of Blanche Watts and Steve and Eber Lathum.

[5] Dallas Clyde Savage and his wife Mary Pauline Couglin. Clyde was the son of Robert Claiborn Savage and Bell Watts.

[6] “Last Sunday” was 28 October 1951. Not known why Robert Savage was in the hospital.

Source “Morehouse News,” The Sikeston Herald, Thursday, 1 November 1951, page 16. Retrieved on 7 September 2012.

A Weekend With The Savages

This excerpt comes from the Morehouse, Missouri society section of the 29 May 1952 edition of The Sikeston Herald.


Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Savage[1] had as guests last week-end[2] Mr. and Mrs. Morley Watts[3] and daughter[4] of Marshall, Ark.

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Lathom[5] of near Sikeston, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Graham[6] of Sikeston visited Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Savage last Sunday.


[1] Robert Claiborn Savage and his wife Armelta Bellzora “Bell” Watts.

[2] “Last week-end” was 24-25 May 1952.

[3] William Marley Watts and his wife Cordelia Mae Kimbrell. Marley was Bell’s brother.

[4] Probably Marley and Cordelia’s daughter Ermadean, since their other daughter Blanche was referenced separately and living in Missouri. See [6].

[5] William Steve Lathum and his wife Minnie Caldwell. Steve was the son of Frank Lathum and his wife America Ann Watts. America was the sister of Marley and Bell, thus Steve was their nephew.

[6] Daniel Page Graham and his wife Blanche Watts.

Source “Morehouse,” The Sikeston Herald, Thursday, 29 May 1952, page 3. Retrieved on 6 September 2012.

Social In Crane

Just so you don’t think it’s all obituaries and census records around stately Graham Ancestry, here is an article from the 5 October 1972 edition of The Odessa American of Odessa, Texas, chronicling a get-together of a local sorority.

Mu Delta Hosts Social In Crane

CRANE (Special) – Mu Delta of Epsilon Sigma Alpha[1] met Tuesday, Sept. 19 for a social.

Members enjoyed playing games presented by Mrs. S. C. Lipscomb, Jr.

Mrs. E. C. Clayton[2] made colorful favors to be taken to the hospital[3]. Each member will do this throughout the year.

Mrs. A. D. Jones was hostess with a very attractive table arrangement.

Members present were: Mrs. E. C. Clayton; Mrs. B. C. Cottingham; Mrs. Pete Peterson; Mrs. S. C. Lipscomb, Jr.; Mrs. Durwood Jones; Mrs. A. D. Jones; Mrs. Frank Brown; Mrs. Claude Mills; Mrs. W. A. Huckabee; and Mrs. Eddie Coker[4] was a guest.


[1] Epsilon Sigma Alpha is an international service organization “where members develop meaningful friendships, find their passion for community service, and continue on the path of lifelong learning.” They have both community and collegiate chapters. Since Crane, Texas does not have a college or university, Mu Delta was likely a community chapter. Mu Delta appears to be inactive – it is not listed with the active chapters on ESA’s web site.

[2] “Mrs. E. C. Clayton” was Virginia Carter, the wife of Elbert Claburn Clayton. Elbert was the son of Willliam Henry Clayton, Jr, and Dessie Ann Coker.

[3] Taking the colorful favors to the patients at the hospital was likely Mu Delta’s service project that year. The hospital was probably Crane Memorial Hospital.

[4] “Mrs. Eddie Coker” was Shirley A. Coker (maiden name unknown), the first wife of Eddie Lamar Coker.  Eddie was the son of Cebern Perry Coker and Eithel Olie Copeland, the grandson of Mancel Coker and California Cypert, and the nephew of Dessie Ann Coker.

Sources “Mu Delta Hosts Social In Crane,” The Odessa American, 5 October 1972 , page 2C. Retrieved on 6 September 2012. “About,” ESA International. Retrieved on 6 September 2012. “Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2010,” Eddie L. Coker and Shirley A. Coker, 1981. Retrieved on 6 September 2012.

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