Judith Lathan
Saturday
14
January

Visitation at Main Service

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Jethro Memorial Presbyterian Church
432 North Ohio Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Saturday
14
January

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Jethro Memorial Presbyterian Church
432 North Ohio Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Saturday
14
January

Final Resting Place

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Greenwood Cemetery
Washington Avenue & Pennsylvania RR
Pleasantville, New Jersey, United States

Obituary of Judith Ellen Lathan

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Judith E. Lathan (Hill) gained her eternal angel wings at home in Red Oak, Texas, on January 3, 2023. "Judy," as she was known to family and friends, was born August 7, 1939, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Annabell (Batey) and Carlos Hill. Judith married her childhood sweetheart, Harold J. Lathan Sr., in 1957. She was a proud graduate of Atlantic City High School Class of 1958. She dedicated her life to serving her community. Coach Lathan, as she was also known, held various leadership roles for the Greater Atlantic City Youth Association/Atlantic City Dolphins for over 30 years due to her exceptional leadership and passion for her community. She was a cheerleading coach for Chelsea Junior High School, a leader for the Girl Scouts/Brownies Troop 66, and a member of the 101 Women Plus, just to name a few. Judith's love for the community was also displayed throughout her career. She worked at the Garwood Mills shopping center and as a community agent at Pennsylvania Avenue School and Chelsea Junior High School. She worked as a Unit Clerk at the Atlantic City Medical Center and retired after 25 years of service. She served as a member of the Atlantic City zoning board. Deaconess Lathan was a woman of great faith and served on the Southern Jersey Ushers Fellowship. Being an usher was one of her great loves. Whether on Usher's Day or any Church service, she stole the show with her Usher strut. She was a member of the Community Baptist Church for several decades. At Community, she was a member of the Hallelujah chorus, the Senior choir, the young adult choir, the record recording Joshua's Army, hostess, usher, and nurse's aide. She was a member of Resurrection Ministries, where she was ordained as a deaconess. She also served as an usher and a choir member at Resurrection Ministries. Deaconess Lathan joined and became a member of Jethro Presbyterian Church in Atlantic City, where she was a member until her passing. At Jethro, she served on the usher board, affectionately called the "Willing Workers". In August 2021, she moved to Texas, where she attended The Village United Methodist Church in Desoto, Texas. Judith enjoyed watching football, especially the Dallas Cowboys, in her free time. She also enjoyed watching The Chrissleys, Miracle on 34th Street, Tennis, Serena and Venus Williams, and the Golden State Warriors. Judith loved cats, sewing, and making children's clothing for special occasions. Her finest fashion creations were her children's Easter outfits and dresses for her nieces. Deaconess Lathan was a woman always determined to beat the odds, living by her favorite quote, "Let Go and Let God!" Judith earned her associate's degree from Atlantic Cape Community College as an adult. Throughout her life, she embodied her favorite song, Total Praise. Judith E. Lathan, the unofficial Mayor of Atlantic City, well done, thy good and faithful servant! You fought a good fight. You have earned your crown, and may you rest peacefully in heaven. Your legacy will live on forever. Judith, you will forever and always be cherished, missed, and remembered by your family, friends, and the great City of Atlantic City. She was preceded in death by: her husband, Harold J. Lathan Sr.; parents, Annabell and Carlos Hill and sister, Sylvia Hill. Judith leaves to cherish her fond memories: her loving children, Harold J. Lathan, Jr. (Valerie) of Red Oak, Texas, Jerrell M. Lathan, Sr. of Galloway, New Jersey, Darlene E. Lathan of Mays Landing, New Jersey, and Kevin D. Hall, Sr. of Atlantic City, New Jersey; sister, Carolyn Goings of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Jerrell Jr., DeVona "Bonnie," Vanessa, Harold III "Tre", Janaya, Kevin Jr., Quay and Qian; great-grandchildren, Jerrell III, Janell, and Jayden; special friends, Jaquelyn Sharpe, Laura Williams, Dolores Bailey, Gloria McWhorter, and Barbara Boyce; Goddaughters, Karen Stanback and Marcia Jackson; Christian daughters, Phyllis Pettus, Marcy Palmer and Yolanda Doster; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins (Dubose, Dinkins and Downing) other family, (Hills, Brocks, Goings, Terry, Washington, Taliferro, Harris and White), church family, community members and friends. Funeral services to celebrate Judy's life will be 11 AM on January 14, 2023, at Jethro Presbyterian Church, 423 N. Ohio Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, where family and friends may view from 9 AM to 11 AM. Interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Pleasantville.
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