R.C. Latimer was born July 11, 1931, to J. Kirk and Edna Pearl Latimer on the family farm south of Foss, Okla. He passed away August 30, 2021, at home in Pharr, Texas, with his wife by his side.
R.C. attended elementary and high school in Foss, Okla., graduating in 1950 as class Salutatorian. He enrolled at Sayre Junior College for the 1950-1951 semester. He transferred to Southwestern State College in Weatherford, OK completing two years. Leaving school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in the summer of 1953 for a two-year service.
After his army discharge in 1955, he returned to Southwestern State College, graduating in 1956 with a B.S. degree in Science and Physical Education. While teaching, he continued his education going to summer school at Southwestern earning his Master’s in Education by July 1959. Then, taking night and Saturday classes through the University of Oklahoma, he earned a degree in Administration by 1968.
R.C. married the love of his life, Rita Sykes of Weatherford, Okla., on December 22, 1956. To this union, two children were born, Toni Latimer of Pharr, Texas, and Vickie Bointy of Seneca, Mo.
Through the years, R.C. taught in the Port, Arapaho, Wayne, and Washington, Okla., schools. He taught Biology, Chemistry, Civics, General Science, and Driver’s Education. He was a coach for the Washington High School and Junior High girls’ basketball teams. Later in his career, he coached the Junior High boys’ basketball team.
While in the Washington School System he also served as the High School Principal for many years, retiring in 1986 as an assistant superintendent. Over his career at Washington, it is estimated that he taught, coached, or mentored over 1,500 students. Many of them kept in contact with him on social media during his retirement where he continued to be active by enjoying golf, gardening, bike riding, and traveling in his gypsy van.
R.C. was preceded in death by his parents, Kirk and Pearl Latimer; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Weona and Walter Dunn and Laural and JR McNatt; and by his son-in-law, Jack Bointy.
He is survived by his wife, Rita and son, Toni Latimer, both of Pharr, Texas; daughter, Vickie Bointy of Seneca, Mo. He was granddaddy to six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren: Michael, Amy, Amanda, Katie and Logan Latimer of Fort Meade, Fla., Jeremy, Heather and Elenore Latimer of Round Rock, Texas, Chris and Emily Latimer of Norfolk, Va., Clayton, Jessica, Cooper, Chloe, Ty and Ben Bointy of Mustang, Okla., Jami, Eli and Lexi Bointy of Moore, Okla., Katie, Tim, Robbie and Bonnie Dunagan of Collinsville, Okla.
A graveside service will be held at Page Cemetery south of Foss, Okla., on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 4 p.m. Honorary pallbearers are his six grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Washington High School Activities fund to provide a scholarship for a Washington High Senior. Please mail to Washington High School, P.O. Box 98, Washington, OK 73093, Attention: R.C. Latimer Scholarship Fund.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg.