Floyd Robert Lathbury, 76, passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at his home in Orange Park, Fla. He was born in 1942 in Salisbury, Md. He grew up in Ocean View, Del., and attended Lord Baltimore High School (where he met his wife, Sheila).
Pursuing a passion for chemistry, he went on to the University of Delaware, earning a degree in chemical engineering. After graduation, he and Sheila moved to Charleston, S.C., where they started a family, and Lathbury began a career at Westvaco Pulp & Paper Company (now WestRock). In 1981, the family moved to Rome, Ga., where Lathbury accepted a position as superintendent with Georgia Kraft/Inland Container (now International Paper). He moved on to become production manager at Rome and then a consultant for Inland as a whole.
Retirement led the couple back to Charleston, where he enjoyed boating, traveling, spending time with children and grandchildren and, of course, undertaking a myriad of projects to improve his surroundings and of those he loved, including a slew of renovation projects to his children’s homes.
Lathbury will be lovingly remembered for his unique mix of compassion, generosity, humor and a fiery temper, as well as his uncanny ability to solve just about any technical, mechanical or electrical problem thrown his way. He passed this tenacious attitude and strong work ethic to his four children with a desire that they would lead confident, self-reliant lives.
Lathbury was preceded in death by his parents, Dollie Hutchinson and Ralph Lathbury of Ocean View, Del., and his grandson Baines Robert Lathbury of Charleston, S.C. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Sheila Mumford Lathbury; his brother, Paul Lathbury; his sons, Christopher Lathbury and Sean Lathbury; his daughters, Heather Lathbury Seckman and Kimberly Lathbury Clontz; his grandchildren, Stephan, Michael and Marguerite Seckman, Andrew and Sofia Lathbury, and Zoey and Olivia Clontz; and three great-grandchildren.
“We deeply miss you, ‘Honey,’ Daddy, Dad, Pop, ‘Foydie,’ ‘Tadpole,’ ‘Tuts!’”
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 5, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at the Historic Rice Mill, 17 Lockwood Drive #101, Charleston, S.C. Condolences may be sent online at www.jacksonvillememorygardens.com.