Glenn Allen ‘Coach’ Latham

Published 11:34 am Wednesday, October 29, 2014

On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, Glenn Allen “Coach” Lathan passed away at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Landsdowne, Va., surrounded by his family, at age 75, of medical conditions related to heart and kidney failure.

Coach Latham resided in Orange Beach. He was born on Sept. 23, 1939, in Bessemer, to Melvin and Blanche Latham. After attending Uniontown High School, Coach graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

Coach Latham was a high school teacher and football coach for 20 years, inspiring and entertaining all of his students and players — better known as “sports fans” — from Wilcox County High School in Camden, Escambia County High School in Atmore, Southside High School in Selma, Lowndes Academy in Lowndesboro, Meadowview Christian Academy in Selma and Shaw High School in Mobile.

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During these 20 years, he coached five Alabama state high school football championship teams in the public and private school associations. In 1974, Coach Latham was named High School Football Coach of the Year for Alabama and Northern Florida. The same year he was part of the coaching staff for the All-star “South” Team at the University of Alabama.

Coach Latham is survived by his wife, Dorothy Latham of Orange Beach; son, Steve Latham of Orange Beach; son, Shawn Latham and wife Paula Latham of Lovettsville, Va.; daughter, Sonya Haynes and husband Tim Haynes of Lovettsville, Va.; grandsons, Corbin Haynes, Tyler Latham and Chance Haynes, all of Lovettsville, Va.; and sister, Ann Swinney of Loganville, Ga.

Coach is predeceased in death by his parents Melvin and Blanche Latham.

Coach Latham devoted his life and talent to teaching and coaching the youth not only academics, but life lessons and the love and salvation of Jesus Christ. In lieu of funeral services and flowers, please attend a church service in your community and donate to their youth programs in his memory.