Pauline Nesbitt Latham

pauline latham
Pauline Nesbitt Latham, 86, of Fairview, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Flesher’s Fairview Healthcare Center. Our Heavenly Father took Pauline to heaven to live eternally with Him and to join her beloved husband of sixty-four years. She was born on March 8, 1921, daughter of Andy Roscoe and Callie Lee Nesbitt. Pauline grew up in Fairview, and lived much of her life in the area. She was a member of Nesbitt’s Chapel Methodist Church in Fairview. She retired after many years of service at Taylor Instruments. A faithful wife and mother, Pauline was a beautiful example of the Proverbs 31 woman, whose “children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Her life touched those around her in more ways than could be mentioned, putting others before herself with an example that her children and grandchildren still strive to emulate. In addition to her parents and husband Walter “Fred” Latham, who passed away in June of 2006, Pauline was preceded in death by her only son, Michael Latham, as well as three brothers, Floyd, Andy, and Tom Nesbitt and four sisters, Catherine Lytle, Betty LaRoche, Sara Benson, and Mary Sluder. She is survived by two daughters, Maxine Ownbey & husband Arthur, and Marrian Lyda & husband Paul, all from Fairview, as well as her daughter-in-law, Nancy Latham of Black Mountain. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and spouses, Mark Ownbey of Fairview, Keith (& Michelle) Ownbey of Fairview, Teresa (& Jeff) Brooks of Radford, VA, Glenn (& Tracy) Latham of Old Fort, Connie (& Don) Busey of Concord, Amy (& David) Roland of Charlotte, and Beth (& John) Blessing of Greenville, SC; and twelve great-grandchildren. She is also survived by five sisters and three brothers; Nanny Randolph, Louise Bishop, Ruby Swink, Lettie Gentle, Barbara Banks, David Nesbitt, Bill Nesbitt, and Sam Nesbitt. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of Flesher’s Fairview Healthcare Center for the compassionate care given to both Fred and Pauline during their final days. A funeral service is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Lake Julian Chapel of Groce Funeral Home, 72 Long Shoals Road, with the Revs. Michael Harrell, Jr. and Lawrence Ownbey officiating. Private interment will be Wednesday at Nesbitt’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening immediately following the service.

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  1. I worked with Pauline at Taylor Instrument’s for many years (Keypunch and Computer Department) until her and Fred’s retirement. I remember when they left and moved to Florida. I am truly saddened by her passing. I loved working with her, and I know that she will be sorely missed. God Bless all of you. You are all in my prayers.

    Floria (Flo)(Jones, Fritts)

  2. Dear Ones:

    Just a note to let you know that Our prayers are with you at this time and as you go on without your love one.

    Marvin for the Wm Glenn Ledbetter Family

  3. Dear Marrian & Paul,
    I just read Mrs. Latham’s obituary in the Asheville paper. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. Although we haven’t had an opportunity to see each other in many years, you are in our thoughts often. We cherish the memories of the past and look forward to a time when we can renew old acquaintances in person. We love you.
    Charles & Debbie (Ledford)

  4. I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Polly passing. It doesn’t seem that long ago that Uncle Fred passed.I wish I could go to the service but Little just called me tonight and I couldn’t possibly make the trip in time.My deepest sympathy to the family. Love you all. Jerome Bushhousen

  5. Its a shame that we all get tied up in our everyday lives and just dont seem to find the time to keep in touch with our family but deep down inside of each one of us we know that our thoughts are always on each other even tho we just dont take the time to write or call Aunt Polly will be missed but her memory will always remain with us in thought and in our spirit.i love and think of all of you and hope that your sorrows ease knowing she is with Mike and Uncle Fred and her family.

  6. Maxine and all your family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Pauline passing away. I would like to have been there in person to express my sympathy but my work schedule would not allow me to come. I will pray for your family because I know your hearts are very heavy.

    Dana Shelton

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of need, God Bless you all.There has never been a more gracious and compassionate lady known in our lives. She will be forever missed and forever loved. Bud and Little

  8. Maxine and Marian:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Aunt Polly. Aunt Polly and Uncle Fred have always had a special place in my heart. I remember the fun time we had when Robbie and I got married back in 1977. Uncle Fred and Aunt Polly could not attend our wedding and while on our honeymoon in North Carolina, we stopped at their home and stayed for a few days and shared some time with the entire family. What a wonderful memory and one I will never forget. Much love and prayers for you and the rest of your family during this time. Aunt Polly and Uncle Fred were truly an example of a beautiful Christian couple. I know you all are very proud of their example as parents, and I know our Lord is smiling. Love always,

  9. I extend my sympathies to the family. Mrs. Latham was a wonderful person and valued Taylor employee. She will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing her.

  10. Maxine and family,

    I am so sorry to see where your mother passed away, also I did not realize your father had also. I remember so well working at Taylor Instruments several years ago with her. She was a joy to be around and I knew working with her she was a Christian. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Please know that you will see her and your dad again one day. God bless you.

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