He was a retired self-employed Funeral Director with Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson, Chatom and Grove Hill.
He started working in 1949 with G.E. Woodson who was the owner at that time of Woodson Furniture and Undertaking. He purchased half interest in the funeral home and it became Woodson Lathan Funeral Home in 1961. His son, Wayne Lathan, purchased the other half of the funeral home in 1968 from Woodson and is still managing the business today. Herman Lathan was granted lifetime honorary membership of the Alabama Funeral Directors Association, Inc. on June 19, 1990. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson, was a Mason and member of the Santa Fe Lodge 226 in Jackson and was a 50 year pin recipient this year. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and Abba Temple Shrine in Mobile. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the 3rd Army.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Lathan, Jackson; one son, Herman Wayne (Cheryl) Lathan, Jackson; one sister, Essie (Bob) Schorr, Atlanta, GA; two grandchildren, Suzanne (Jason) Terrell, Jackson, John Wayne (Heather) Lathan, Tuscaloosa; two greatgrandchildren, Skylar and Hayden Terrell, Jackson.
The service was Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. at Lathan Funeral Home Chapel in Jackson with Revs. Percy Clarke and Bobby Smith officiating. Burial was in the Trinity Gardens in Jackson. An online guestbook may be signed at www.lathanfuneralhomes.c om.
Active pallbearers were Robert Michael Schorr, Charles Logan, Blue Miller, Bill Taylor, Percy Beech Jr., Jimmy Horton, Walt Wade and Doug Atchison.
Honorary pallbearers were Ernest Woodson, Wendell Woodson, Sam Miller, members of Alabama Funeral Directors Association, Masons and Employees of Lathan Funeral Home.