McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe

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Gail Fowler Latham

July 18, 1947May 11, 2020

Joyce Gail Fowler Latham, age 72, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020 at home in Unionville, NC. A graveside service will be held at Lakeland Memorial Park on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 11:00am, with the Reverend Lynn Thompson Bryant and the Reverend Janet Tyson officiating.

Gail was born on July 18, 1947, in Monroe, NC, the middle daughter of Clegg W. and Louise Haigler Fowler. She graduated from Piedmont High School in 1965 and from UNC-Greensboro in 1969. Her graduate degrees included a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill (1970) and Doctor of Education from Duke University (1979). She was a career educator for 30 consecutive years, serving first as a fourth grade teacher at Albemarle Road Elementary School in Charlotte and then as a curriculum writer and project director in Union County’s Career Based Curriculum Project, and initial grant for the introduction of the Union County Career Center. She also directed a health education curriculum project for the Concord, Cabarrus, and Kannapolis School Systems and later served as assistant principal at East Union Middle School. Her last sixteen years of service were as secondary supervisor/director for the Union County/UCPS school systems.

She retired in 1999 and in addition to her devotion to family she enjoyed several hobbies, including baking, pressed flower arrangements, and stained glass projects. She loved her family and her church. Gail is survived by her husband of 49 years, Roger W. Latham; two sons, Daniel Latham (m. Kendall Kiser) and Shawn Latham; and three grandchildren - Hudson, Blake, and Kellan Latham – all of Monroe. She is also survived by two sisters, Mary Lou Fowler of Houston, TX and Sue (m. Ben Gurley) of Lewisburg, WVA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 302 East Windsor Street, Monroe, NC 28112.

McEwen Funeral Home is honored to serve the Latham family.


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Betty Stegall

May 20, 2020

Our utmost sympathy to all of Dr. Gail Latham's family in her untimely death. We both had the opportunity to work with Gail as she served in various capacities with the Union County Schools. She was dedicated to her students and coworkers and served them well. It was an honor to have known and worked with her over many years. She will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Bill and Betty Stegall

Joe & Lenell Porter

May 15, 2020

Our sincere condolences go to the family during your time of loss. We have very fond memories of Gail and the entire family during our many soccer games, both locally and traveling. She had such a sweet and kind demeanor at all times with a smile always for everyone. We treasure the memories made with your family while Joe was coaching Daniel and Shawn in soccer, along with Roger's assistance. Our prayers are with all of you for God's peace to be with you during this difficult time.

Patricia Borjas Medina

May 15, 2020

Gail Fowler Latham was the 1st person I met when I came to the United States to work as a Spanish teacher in Union County. She opened her home and gave me a place to stay until I found a place to live. I was hired by Union County Public Schools in 1992 to teach Spanish in the Elementary schools. Gail Fowler Latham and her family welcomed me as if I was part of her family. The stay was short but the memories are in my mind and heart and I will never forget the kindness and warmth I got from her and her family. Thank you you were, you are and always will be in my memory.

Jerri Haigler

May 15, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the Latham family. Gail was a sweet spirit and a gentle giant. She had the gift of making every one feel special and unique. I had the pleasure of working with Gail in Union County Schools for five years, and it was a blessing to get to know her. She was a true professional and a devoted educator. Gail was an extremely wise woman, and she was very intentional and thoughtful in the decisions she made for students and educators. And it was always obvious how much she loved her family. May God give you peace, strength and comfort in these days.

Phil Thomas

May 15, 2020

Gail will be dearly missed by Glenda and me. Gail was more than a cousin to me (on the Deese side of our families), but a true and dear friend. Glenda and I were privileged to spend a lot of time with Gail and Roger over the past several years. We traveled together to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons, Montana, Kansas, and many trips to Shatley Springs along with leisurely drives down the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had many laughs along the way! The love that Gail and Roger had for each other was always evident! We miss Gail already, and are praying for Roger and the entire family.
Phil and Glenda Thomas

Betty Tomberlin Williams

May 15, 2020

Many fond memories of Gail in the Fowler's home and Unionville School. Love and Prayers.

David Deese

May 14, 2020

From the first grade of elementary school through the twelfth grade of high school, I always knew that Gail would be a total success in life. She was beautiful, smart, and always focused on her family, her friends, and her education. We have lost a very sweet and dear friend. Prayers for Roger and her family.
David Deese

Teena P. Austin

May 14, 2020

I was in the class with Gail and I have many sweet memories of her. She was one of the brilliant ones of our class. She had such sweet dignity. Special memory is that she loved loved Roger always. I will miss her just knowing she was there in Unionville.

Hannah Kay Riffle

May 14, 2020

So sorry to hear of the passing of Gail. I have known Gail since high school. She was always such a beautiful person. Her calm and sweet personality shall always be remembered. It was an honor to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with Roger and the entire family.
Kay Aldridge Riffle

Coke Goodwin

May 14, 2020

When I first came to Union County to work she was always there offering assistance. She was a true professional in every respect.

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