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Bobby Wayne Laten
June 9, 1939 -
January 20, 2024

Visitation

January 25, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Service 

January 25, 2024
11:15 AM

Interment

January 25, 2024
Obituary

Bobby Wayne Laten, age 84, of Lincoln County, TN, passed away on January 20, 2024, at Donalson Care Center, with his beloved wife by his side. Bobby was born on June 9, 1939, in Fayetteville, TN to the late Lamon Milton Laten and Lillian Thomas Laten.

Bobby was a 1957 graduate of Central High School. Mr. Laten served in the US Army as an SGT E5 for three years (serving in Korea). Later he was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground in MD. In October 1962, he moved to Mississippi, serving in the Army National Guard (for three years) while attending Jones County Junior College. While serving in the National Guard, Bobby was called to protect James Meredith, the first black person to attend Ole Miss, which was still a segregated college.

In 1964, Bobby moved to Huntsville, AL, and was employed by Boeing Company working on the Saturn V and Lunar Rover vehicle projects. In 1974, Mr. Laten was hired by the Army Missile Command on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. He was assigned to the Engineering Design and Research Directorate. After retiring from Civil Service, Bobby was hired by Morgan Research as a US Army contractor. His technical career spanned 49 years.

His hobbies included shooting pool, hunting, and fishing. Bobby particularly enjoyed saltwater fishing on the Gulf Coast for more than 60 years, where he was a regular fixture in Gautier, MS. He enjoyed Blue Grass and Country Music, especially Merle Haggard and Vern Gosdin songs. Bobby and his wife Melanie owned and operated the Laten Bed and Breakfast House on Washington Street in Fayetteville, TN. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Hazel Green, AL.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Melanie Cook Laten; sons, Tony (Julie) Laten, and David Laten; grandchildren, Ian Houser, Noah Laten, Hannah Laten, Wyatt Schmidt, and Walker Schmidt; stepchildren, Lauren Wells, and Andrew (Stephanie) Schmidt; mother of Bobby’s children (former wife of 38 years), Jean Laten; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by his sisters, Doris Laten Nagel, and Shirley Laten Schultz.

Visitation with the family will be from 10 AM until 11 AM on Thursday, January 25, 2024, at Higgins Funeral Home with services to follow at 11:15 AM at Higgins with Bro. Bobby Eads officiating. Burial will follow at Stewart Cemetery with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, P.O. Box 61420, Staten Island, NY 10306 or to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, 801 Clinton Avenue East, Huntsville, AL 35801.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Bobby Wayne Laten.

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6 Comments

  1. Kathy Patterson

    So sorry for your loss, Mrs. Laten. You both were wonderful at my stay at the bed and breakfast.

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  2. Joyce Kelso Johnson

    Melanie, I have not met you in person, I am Renee’ Caldwell and Mary Jo Counts, Mother. You had ask me to be your friend today. I am so sorry about your husband, you will be in my Prayers tonight. Mary Jo said you went to Church with them. I visit some so I will meet you soon. I wish I could do something for you but I am just confined to my chair. You and your husband made such a nice looking couple. Prayers for you and your family. Joyce Kelso Johnson.

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  3. Diane Knowles

    Melanie,

    I am so sorry for your loss of Mr. Bobby. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you and comfort you during this time and in difficult times to come.

    Love
    Diane Knowles

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  4. Alan horsman

    Dear Melanie. So sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do for you during this difficult time in your life. I know exactly what yo, are going through!
    Sincerely,
    Al Horsman

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  5. Cordelia Tanner

    Melanie and family, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Love and prayers for you all. Cordelia Tanner

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  6. Martha Locke Ricketts

    So sorry for the loss of another 1957 Central High classmate. Having gone all through school with Bobby, I am especially saddened by the news of the end of this remarkable life.

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6 Comments

  1. Kathy Patterson

    So sorry for your loss, Mrs. Laten. You both were wonderful at my stay at the bed and breakfast.

    Reply
  2. Joyce Kelso Johnson

    Melanie, I have not met you in person, I am Renee’ Caldwell and Mary Jo Counts, Mother. You had ask me to be your friend today. I am so sorry about your husband, you will be in my Prayers tonight. Mary Jo said you went to Church with them. I visit some so I will meet you soon. I wish I could do something for you but I am just confined to my chair. You and your husband made such a nice looking couple. Prayers for you and your family. Joyce Kelso Johnson.

    Reply
  3. Diane Knowles

    Melanie,

    I am so sorry for your loss of Mr. Bobby. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you and comfort you during this time and in difficult times to come.

    Love
    Diane Knowles

    Reply
  4. Alan horsman

    Dear Melanie. So sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do for you during this difficult time in your life. I know exactly what yo, are going through!
    Sincerely,
    Al Horsman

    Reply
  5. Cordelia Tanner

    Melanie and family, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Love and prayers for you all. Cordelia Tanner

    Reply
  6. Martha Locke Ricketts

    So sorry for the loss of another 1957 Central High classmate. Having gone all through school with Bobby, I am especially saddened by the news of the end of this remarkable life.

    Reply

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