She was born on Dec. 17, 1930 in Cairo, an Anson County community, the daughter of the late Elbirt Denzil Diggs and Mary Lowry Diggs.
Carolyn attended Morven High School and was a star basketball player there. She graduated as high school Valedictorian before going on to finish Business School in Charlotte. After marrying her childhood sweetheart, Bill Latham, she worked in administrative positions at textile mills in Red Springs and Aberdeen before becoming Substitute Rural Mail Carrier for the Marston and Hoffman Post Offices. Later, her husband was awarded her job as Rural Mail Carrier based on veterans preference, and she remained a stay-at-home Mom and housewife until her children graduated high school. She and her husband then worked together part-time selling World Book Encyclopedias while their children were in college.
After her husband retired from the U.S. Postal Service, they both enjoyed working at a craft store in Scotland County for a short while. Carolyn was the wife of the late William Walter Latham, Jr. of Marston, who preceded her in death shortly after celebrating 59 years of marriage on April 17, 2009. She was a sweet person and a loving Mother who adored her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Carolyn is survived by her two children, daughter Mary Lynne Walton and husband Bobby; a son, William Walter Latham, III; five grandchildren, Rebecca W. Mancuso and husband Tony, Elizabeth W. Nash and husband B.J. currently in Afghanistan, Melissa W. Passman and husband Daniel also currently in Afghanistan, William Walter Latham, IV currently in Iraq, and Joshua Curry Latham; three great-grandchildren, Taylor M. Cobb, twins Aislinn and Allyson Nash; and a brother, Elbert Lynwood Diggs of Hartsville, S.C.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Dec. 22, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Marston Presbyterian Church, 147 Mercer Road, Marston, NC.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23, in the Marston Presbyterian Church with interment following in Richmond County Memorial Park.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Continuum Hospice Foundation, 3391 Henderson Drive Ext., Jacksonville, NC 28546, or Hoffman-Marston Fire and Rescue Dept., PO Box 22, Hoffman, NC 28347.
Russell-Marks Funeral Home, 519 Rockingham Road, Rockingham, is assisting the Latham family. Online condolences may be made at www.Russell-Marks.com