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In Memory

Charles (Charlie) Latimer

Charles (Charlie) Latimer

In Memory of

Charles Odell Latimer

December 25, 1943 - March 7, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014 | 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Kaul Funeral Home
35201 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, Michigan 48035
Funeral Service
Sunday, March 16, 2014 | 8:00p.m.
Kaul Funeral Home
35201 Garfield Rd, Clinton Township, Michigan 48035
Charles Odell Latimer was born on December 25th, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. He was the loving son of Leonard H. and Eva M. Webster, both of whom preceded him in death. He was the fourth of seven children, including his late brother and sister Lonnie and Juanita.

As a child, he was educated in the Detroit Public School System and was a member of the Calgary A.M.E. Zion Church, where he first found his love of music. As a teenager, he attended Mumford High School. It was there that he went on to become the first African American President of a Mumford Senior Class. He later attended Wayne State University as a Speech Major.

During his adult life he would work for MCI Telecommunications, AT&T, The Detroit Athletic Club, and Pitney Bowes, among others. But by far, his first and greatest love, was his musical career. He performed for over 45 years with some of the finest musical talents in the Detroit Metro area, and in 49 of the 50 United States. 

During his performing career, he starred in several theater productions, including 'Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', and 'Personals'. His vocal talents were heard in such places as The Top Hat Supper Club, The Raven Gallery, The Chessmate, The Retort, and most recently at O'mara's in Berkley, MI. He was one of the original supporters Focus: HOPE, having been a long time member and participant in their many events around the city of Detroit. One of the many highlights of his career was performing for Pope John Paul II at the Pontiac Silverdome.

Charlie's easy charm and gregarious nature drew us all closer to him, and in turn, he was loved by many. Charlie was devoted most of all to his son and daughter, always involved in the important activities of their lives.

Too soon for our own hearts, he departed this life on March 7th, 2014. He leaves to cherish his memory: his son Kiel; his daughter Katie; his sisters Rose, Doris, Pat (Arnold), and Gwen; and a host of many relatives and friends. 

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03/17/14 03:52 PM #1    

Arnold Collens

Thoughts from members of the Mumford Class of "62"

Roberta Reiner Adler Class of 62 wrote: I am so, so sorry to hear of the passing of this highly gifted, gentle man. I remember sitting in class listening to the PA system. Yes, they talked him into singing for us again. Just like Johnny Mathis. Please add my condolences to any sent to his family. I will remember his kindness and his voice always. 

From:  Lenore Bonnie Melnik
  I would very much like to post a comment regarding Charlie. I am sadden to hear of his passing. Charlie, Juanita and I shared many study hall days together. It was a very joyful time for me. I was priviledged to enjoy Charlie's singing and listened often at a place on Livernois (The Raven Gallery?). I still speak of Charlie and Juanita often. They were such wonderful people. Lenore Bonnie Class of 1962 

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