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160 Fisher Ave.
WHITE PLAINS, NY 10606
Phone: (914) 949-0372
Fax: (914) 949-2380
Deacon Benjamin Latimer

Deacon Benjamin Latimer

Saturday, August 21st, 1937 - Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
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In LIEU of flowers, the family appreciates/kindly requests contributions be made in his name/memory/honor to the nonprofit benefiting youth programs that was dear to his heart on on whose board he served: Passage to Excellence (may be done through donation tab here on website from any tab above or link below) and/or on your own to: Passage to Excellence of Bethel Baptist Church (Payable to Passage to Excellence), 1 Fisher Ct., White Plains, NY 10601. If flowers are sent despite family contribution request, since he's being buried in SC, plants or vases would be preferable and may be delivered on either Saturday Jan. 12th or Sunday Jan. 13th, 2019 by/before 6:00pm to Lee's Funeral Home; or by/before 12noon Saturday January 19th to Mt. Able Baptist Church, 130 Mt. Able Church Road, Pendleton, SC 29670. The Family Thanks You!



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Deacon Benjamin Latimer

Benjamin Latimer was born in Pendleton, South Carolina on August 21, 1937, to the late Willie C. Latimer and Corrine Latimer. He peacefully transitioned into eternal rest after a brief illness on January 3, 2019 at Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY.

He received his high school diploma from Westside High School in Anderson, South Carolina where he ran track; played football; and was selected as captain of his basketball team. Additionally, he served his country by joining the Army and completing his three-year obligation before receiving an honorable discharge.

Benjamin relocated to New York where he was employed at The County Home, a senior center in Hawthorne, New York, which was later renamed The Ruth Taylor Institute. He was afforded several opportunities for professional development and awarded the privilege of leading in several managerial positions because of his positive work ethic and perseverance. This display of professionalism would contribute to him being inducted into the Senior Hall Of Fame.

Benjamin, being a devout man of God, found a new family for worship at the Bethel Baptist Church in White Plains, New York. He rendered dedicated service as a Trustee of the church and was later elected as the chair of the Trustee Board. His precise and accurate keeping of records led him to be appointed as church treasurer for many years.

Benjamin was appointed as a deacon in March, 2001. The commitment to this calling expanded his ministry to include starting the Transportation Ministry; becoming president of the Men's Ministry; "Go To Deacon" for the Senior's Ministry and Chaperone/Driver for the Youth Ministry.

Deacon Latimer continued to be active even after retiring from 32 years of working with the County. Benjamin was a professional painter and his compassion for the elderly led him to become "The Home Improvement Guy" for seniors. He also worked at Lee's Funeral Home and The Westchester County Press until he became ill.

He leaves to mourn his passing in celebration of his life; a loving and devoted wife, Sylvia, three children: Sharon Latimer-Mosley (Michael); David Christopher Latimer and Cassandra Richardson (Bernard). One sister, Willie Mae Trayman; one sister-in-law: Pollie Latimer; one Aunt, Ellen Sherard - the family matriarch; as well as, seven grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Benjamin was pre-deceased in death by both parents; one sister, Arah I. Wright; one brother, James A. Latimer; the mother of his children, Sudie Hardy and two brothers-in-law, Harold Wright and Johnny C. Trayman.

--Ben was loved by all and will be sorely missed by many--



The Entire Staff of Lee's Funeral Home, LLC is heartbroken at the loss of "Ben" who chose in his retirement to assist us in serving the community, and with whom we had a close relationship assisting alongside to attend to the bereaved as another ministry with which he chose to bless others. We therefore respect that the family of Dea. Benjamin Latimer entrusted the care of their loved one to us, and that they value the level of service & attention our funeral home provides. We are honored, in turn, to provide comfort, assistance and service to the family of Dea. Benjamin Latimer during their time of bereavement, which happens to be a time of bereavement for us as well!



In LIEU of flowers, the family appreciates/kindly requests contributions be made in his name/memory/honor to the nonprofit benefiting youth programs that was dear to his heart on on whose board he served: Passage to Excellence (may be done through donation tab here on website from any tab above or link below) and/or on your own to: Passage to Excellence of Bethel Baptist Church (Payable to Passage to Excellence), 1 Fisher Ct., White Plains, NY 10601. If flowers are sent despite family contribution request, since he's being buried in SC, plants or vases would be preferable and may be delivered on either Saturday Jan. 12th or Sunday Jan. 13th, 2019 by/before 6:00pm to Lee's Funeral Home; or by/before 12noon Saturday January 19th to Mt. Able Baptist Church, 130 Mt. Able Church Road, Pendleton, SC 29670. The Family Thanks You for contributing to the youth instead of flowers!
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 14th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Monday, January 14th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Bethel Baptist Church
    Address
    1 Fisher Court
    White Plains, NY 10601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Viewing & Services in NY will be as delineated above & below. He will then be sent to his home state of South Carolina for a Final Service on Saturday January 19th, 2019 at 12noon at Mt. Able Baptist Church, 130 Mt. Able Church Road, Pendleton, SC 29670, immediately followed by Burial in the Mt. Able Baptist Church Cemetery. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In LIEU of flowers, the family appreciates/kindly requests contributions be made in his name/memory/honor to the nonprofit benefiting youth programs that was dear to his heart on on whose board he served: Passage to Excellence (may be done through donation tab here on website from any tab above or link below) and/or on your own to: Passage to Excellence of Bethel Baptist Church (Payable to Passage to Excellence), 1 Fisher Ct., White Plains, NY 10601. If flowers are sent despite family contribution request, since he's being buried in SC, plants or vases would be preferable and may be delivered on either Saturday Jan. 12th or Sunday Jan. 13th, 2019 by/before 6:00pm to Lee's Funeral Home; or by/before 12noon Saturday January 19th to Mt. Able Baptist Church, 130 Mt. Able Church Road, Pendleton, SC 29670. The Family Thanks You!
  • Wake Service 1

    Monday, January 14th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Monday, January 14th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Service

    Monday, January 14th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Monday, January 14th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Bethel Baptist Church
    Address
    1 Fisher Court
    White Plains, NY 10601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Viewing & Services in NY will be as delineated above & below. He will then be sent to his home state of South Carolina for a Final Service on Saturday January 19th, 2019 at 12noon at Mt. Able Baptist Church, 130 Mt. Able Church Road, Pendleton, SC 29670, immediately followed by Burial in the Mt. Able Baptist Church Cemetery. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In LIEU of flowers, the family appreciates/kindly requests contributions be made in his name/memory/honor to the nonprofit benefiting youth programs that was dear to his heart on on whose board he served: Passage to Excellence (may be done through donation tab here on website from any tab above or link below) and/or on your own to: Passage to Excellence of Bethel Baptist Church (Payable to Passage to Excellence), 1 Fisher Ct., White Plains, NY 10601. If flowers are sent despite family contribution request, since he's being buried in SC, plants or vases would be preferable and may be delivered on either Saturday Jan. 12th or Sunday Jan. 13th, 2019 by/before 6:00pm to Lee's Funeral Home; or by/before 12noon Saturday January 19th to Mt. Able Baptist Church, 130 Mt. Able Church Road, Pendleton, SC 29670. The Family Thanks You!
    Officiant
    Pastor Edward O. Williamson
  • Interment

    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 | 7:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 7:00pm
    Location
    Mt. Able Baptist Church Cemetery
    Address
    130 Mt. Able Church Road
    PENDLETON, SC 29670
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Burial Saturday January 19th, 2019 immediately following church service at Mt. Able Baptist Church, Pendleton, SC.
  • Reception

    Location
    Don Coqui Restaurant
    Address
    107 Mamaroneck Avenue
    WHITE PLAINS, NY 10601
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    Repast in NY is immediately following service. Please park in area municipal parking lots & follow all posted parking regulations to avoid getting a ticket. Family is supplying a courtesy van to shuttle people between the church & restaurant as needed.

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Affiliations

  • Army
  • Army
  • Baptist Church
  • Baptist Church

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Donations are being accepted for: PASSAGE TO EXCELLENCE CORPOATION.

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Brenda Harris

Posted at 01:50pm
The Steps of a good man are Ordered By the Lord....I Appropriate Deacon Latimer For Being there for me and my family and just Being on this journey with me and my Dad He Encouraged me we prayed together he Always told me it's going to be Alright. Thank You so much am going to miss you your Always be in my heart love you.The Harris Family
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Posted at 07:20am
I remember about 11 years ago I went to Bethel Church on a Wednesday Afternoon, i was early and there were some gentlemen carrying chairs, I immediately started to help. This one man says, "you look familiar, are you from white plains"? I told him, no. Then he said, "well welcome, I'm Ben Latimer". I told him I have a friend named Chris Latimer. He put on this Big Smile and told the other deacons, "this is Chris Friend"! The others smiled and said, that explains it right there, Good Men, Knows Good Men! Keep it going, help and respect your brothers and sisters, not only the ones you do know, but all! R.IP. Mr.Latimer, Darren Gairey
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