Howard Leroy Latimer “Boo” was born June 28, 1944, in Rectortown, VA at the home of his great-grandparents Walter and Annie Stewart. Howard departed this life on January 13, 2023. Howard was preceded in death by his parents: Robert and Annie Bell Latimer; his wife, Bonnie Latimer; his son, Floyd Norman Latimer “Yogi”; and his sisters: Wendy Stribling (Richard), Jean Peterbark and Dorothy Suggs.
Howard is survived by his children: Teresa Latimer of Culpeper, VA, Michael Latimer of Manassas, VA, Nickie Latimer of Rectortown, VA; and his stepdaughter, Valerie Woodson (Joey) Marshall, VA; his sister, Carolyn Hill Arlington, VA; his brother, James Latimer (Joyce) Haymarket, VA; and his brother-in-law, Larry Suggs. Howard leaves behind 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and longtime friends.
Boo was baptized by the late Rev. G.W. Richardson on May 22, 1955. He attended Sunday School, the Baptist Training Union and was a member of the Youth Department and the Junior Choir. Boo received his education in Virginia where he attended Rectortown School #12 and later attended William C. Taylor High School in Warrenton, VA, where he played football and played the saxophone as a member of the band and the Swinging Knights.
After High School, Boo married the late Susie E. Champ and joined the U.S. Navy. After his discharge from the U.S. Navy, Boo went to work for Webber Tire Company where he worked along side his father. Boo was employed with Fairfax County until his retirement in 2006. As a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, he was nominated as Trustee on June 21, 2014. He served as a dedicated Trustee, Usher, original member of the Media Ministry. He served on one of the Pulpit Committees and performed the Postal Service for Mount Olive for years.
Boo loved tinkering on cars, driving fast, and listening to good music. He could fix anything. He never missed a Skins game. He had a particular fondness for country ham sandwiches, all things sweet especially ice cream and ginger snaps. His motto was ‘Cake for breakfast was okay because it had eggs in it.’ When asked if he could do something, he would quickly reply “A piece of cake.”
Family will receive friends on Monday, January, 23, 2023, from 11 am until 12 pm with funeral services starting at 12 pm at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 2932 Atoka Road, Rectortown, VA, 20140. Pastor Rodney L. Smith, Sr. will officiate and Rev. Philip C. Lewis will deliver the eulogy.
Interment will be in Latimer-Stewart Cemetery, Rectortown, VA.