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Herman Thomas Lathrop

CHARLOTTE -- Herman Thomas Lathrop, 74, husband of Janie Russell Lathrop, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at Presbyterian Hospital Charlotte, surrounded with love of his family.

Born June 18, 1933, in Whitmire, S.C., he was the son of the late Annie Belle Childres Lathrop and William Colie Lathrop. He was textile department head with Woonsocket Spinning Co. in Charlotte, retiring in 1996 after 17 years of service. He was also a guitarist and soloist for The Kensmen Trio Southern Gospel Group out of Fort Mill, S.C., for approximately 18 years. Herman was a member of East Baptist Church, where he served as soloist, deacon, Sunday School teacher, Discipleship Training leader and managed the church's tape ministry for many years. Herman was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner serving both in Concord and Charlotte until his health started to decline.

He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Janie Russell Lathrop, two sons, Warren Colie Lathrop and his wife, Dawn Marie of Chester, S.C .,and Anthony Scott Lathrop of Chester, S.C.; two daughters, Luann Marie Lathrop of Chester, S.C., and Margaret Pauline Lindsey and her husband, Homer Dean II of Chester, S.C.; two sisters, Clara Belle Jacobs of Chester, S.C., and Rhonda Pauline Seastrunk and her husband, Eddie of Columbia, S.C.; grandchildren, Christina Lathrop, April Whidden, Thomas Lathrop, Amanda Crider, Micah Lathrop and Dean Lindsey III; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at East Baptist Church, 6850 Monroe Road, Charlotte, N.C. A service to celebrate the life of Herman T. Lathrop will be 2 p.m. in the church, with the Rev. Jon DeBell officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn East Cemetery, 3709 Forest Lawn Drive, Matthews, N.C.

Memorials in remembrance of Mr. Lathrop may be sent to East Baptist Church or The American Heart Association, 222 South Church St. No. 03, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington, 1111 East Blvd. Online at www.hankinsandwhittington.com.

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