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Homer Charles "Shorty" Lathrop was born August 2, 1929, to Homer R. and Marguerite (Mallory) Lathrop and passed away October 13, 2017 at his home. He attended Rockdale Country School.
As a boy, Shorty worked alongside his father and brothers on the family farm and built bridges in Barton and Vernon Counties. Shorty entered the Army during the Korean War and served his country as an amphibious tank driver, stationed in Ft. Eustice, Va. and Norfolk, Va. He was honorably discharged in 1953.
On November 14, 1951, in Bentonville, Ark., he married Betty Jo Wilson, of Bolivar, Mo. They have resided in the Sheldon area since that time, living on the county line for 59 years and in the home he built, since 1976. They would be celebrating their 66th anniversary this November. To this union five children were born.
He continued farming throughout his life in the Sheldon area, first with his brothers, Nick and Gene, and later with his sons. He took great pride in raising fine Angus cattle and keeping the Sheldon Cemetery maintained for 40 years, all while continuing to grow wheat, soy beans, corn and bailed hay.
He accepted Jesus as his Savior, in 1961, and was a member of the Sheldon Baptist Church and later Lamar First Baptist Church, where he enjoyed the fellowship of the Fisherman's Sunday school class.
Shorty leaves behind his wife, Betty Lathrop; three sons, Gene (Sandy) Lathrop, Lamar, J.D (Cindy) Lathrop, Nevada, and Charles (Angie) Lathrop, Irwin; two daughters, Barbara (David) Thrasher, Lamar, and Kathy (Robert) Clampett, Statesboro, Ga.; grandchildren, Ronnie, Lana, Lance, Skyler, Travis, Kyle, Phil, Brent, Tai, and Donovan; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Marilyn Bond, Sheldon; and a host of nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; four brothers, Jack, Hank, Nick, and Gene Lathrop; four sisters, Dorothy Leavell, Olene Kepler, Lois Swan and Shirley Windes; and a grandson, Donald Gene Lathrop.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 17, at Daniel Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Sheldon Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.
Contributions are suggested to Sheldon Cemetery Association, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
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