Obituaries of the Swannanoa Valley

John Jeffrey Latta

Black Mountain

John Jeffrey “Jeff” Latta, 48, was born on July 24, 1967 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville, NC to Marjorie D. Latta and Darnell W. “Kim” Latta, Jr.

After struggling with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome which struck him at age 32 and left him a quadriplegic at a nursing home in Black Mountain, NC for the remaining 17 years of his life, he died on March 18, 2016.

Growing up in Sherwood Forest, MD, Jeff was very athletic. He loved playing lacrosse in high school and later, club lacrosse in Wilmington, NC. He and a couple of friends brought lacrosse to school kids in Wilmington resulting in a governor’s award for doing so.

Jeff ‘s other passion was the Society of Creative Anachronisms, an international group dedicated to pre-17th Century re-enactment. In Wilmington his specialty was sword fighting under the name of Ragnar Stormbringer.

Jeff was employed at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. There he worked his way up from the hospital laundry room to the Distribution Center Coordinator for the entire hospital. He was also instrumental in establishing a bar code system for the hospital in the mid 1990s.

He is survived by his parents, Kim and Margie; two brothers, Christopher A. Latta of Black Mountain and Brian M. Latta of Pasadena, MD, and their families.

A funeral Mass was held Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 4 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Swannanoa, NC with Rev. Matthew Leonard officiating. Jeff’s ashes were to be inurned at the church columbarium.

Donations may be made to Lacrosse Specialties, 419 S. College Road #40, Wilmington, NC 28403. On the “for” line, reference Jeff Latta Goalie Award. Condolences may be sent to the family at harwoodhome

Rev. Frank Ardath Brook

Cornith, MS

Frank Ardath Brook was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Brooks. He was born in Gulfport, Mississippi on February 7, 1935. His primary upbringing was in Lake, Mississippi. He graduated from Lake High School in 1952 and from Mississippi State University in 1956 where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduating from MSU, he attended Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary from 1956 to 1959 where he received his Divinity degree. He later furthered his studies and in 1980 received his Doctorate of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Her served several Presbyterian churches in his lifetime

Throughout his lifetime, Frank was an active musician and writer. He was closely involved in planning the Worship and Music and other conferences at Montreat during the late 1960s.

Another pastime about which Frank was passionate was fishing and being in the outdoors. He passed this love of all things outdoors on to his children and grandchildren and often used this hobby as an opportunity to get to know those in his churches.

A memorial service was held on March 19, 2016 at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Biggersville, Mississippi. A celebration of life gathering was held in the fellowship hall following the service.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jo Anne Biggers Brooks of Corinth; one daughter, Julia Anne Pittman and her husband, Ronnie Pittman of Corinth; one son, Frank Ardath Brooks, III and his wife Kimberly Kathleen Kaufman Brooks, of Harrison, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Frank Ardath Brooks, IV, Kennedy Spencer Brooks, Merritt Archer Brooks of Harrison, Arkansas, and Brooks Anne Milligan of Corinth; one sister, Ava Anne Brooks Monk and her husband, Ted Monk, of Pine Apple, Alabama; several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

McPeters Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.