Farr, Sr., Latimer C.
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July 27, 1928 - Dec. 7, 2012
Latimer C. Farr, Sr. passed away peacefully at his home in Venice, Florida on December 7, 2012.
Latimer was born on July 27, 1928 in Wauchula, Florida to Latimer and Lois (Winchester) Farr. He attended school in Wauchula and graduated from Fort Meade High School. He attended Mars Hill College and obtained his degree from Mercer University. Latimer served in the U.S. Army for seventeen years in both Active and Reserve Duty including active duty as a Captain in Korea during the Korean War.
Latimer married Marilyn Kennedy of Bartow, Florida on October14, 1956. They lived in Ocala, Miami, West Palm Beach and Venice during their marriage.
Lat began his insurance career in 1956 and ended his insurance career in 1992 with the sale of his large, independent insurance agency in West Palm Beach. He had a lifelong passion for insurance and was a recognized authority in insurance contracts. He was a published author in many trade journals and Newsweek magazine. He was also an Insurance Professor at Florida Atlantic University.
Latimer was a fifth-generation Floridian and enjoyed everything about Florida including fishing, hunting, camping and the Florida Gators.
Lat also had a lifelong love of growing roses. He was a Master Gardener and authored "The Southern Rose", which is considered the gardener's bible for growing roses in South Florida. He volunteered and lectured extensively at Mounts Botanical Garden and donated his book proceeds to Bradenton-Sarasota Rose Society. Even today, his yard has beautiful blooming roses.
Lat grew up in the First Baptist Church of Wauchula, was a long-time member and Deacon of First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, and a member of First Baptist Church in Venice for the past eight years.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, his son Latimer C. Farr, III and his wife Cindy and their three sons, Latimer (Casey) Farr, IV, Tommy and Michael of Venice. He is also survived by his daughter, Merri Lynn Day of West Palm Beach and her children, Vallarie, Dustin, Kaylie and Aiden, a niece Leslie Reel of Tampa and nephew, Mark Warner of Bluefield, W VA.
The family has requested memorials to the Venice First Baptist Church Building Fund or a
in lieu of flowers. Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Farley Funeral Home in Venice, FL.
To send condolences visit www.farleyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Herald Tribune from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2012
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