Richardson Lenhardt Lathem, of Greenville, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2021, at the age of 82. He was the loving husband of Janie Wingo Lathem for 53 years.
Lenhardt was a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He taught at Parker High School and was an administrator at B.J. Skelton Career Center in Pickens County. He served as Past President of the Berea Lions Club and as a Commissioner of the Berea Public Service District. He also served as the Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority Commissioner. He was a charter member of the SC Region Antique Auto Club of America.
Lenhardt was a kind soul always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He could often be found in his shop working to get something mechanical up and running. Many times his attempts to resurrect these pieces of equipment resulted in failure, but he still kept the non-functioning pieces “just in case someone needed them.”
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Katherine Reid (George); and two grandchildren, William and Elizabeth Reid of Clinton; a sister, Nancy Jones (Don), of Greenville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Garrison Lathem and Ernestine Childs Lathem; and a brother, Dr. James Ernest Lathem.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 9, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Gramling United Methodist Church Cemetery, 14941 Asheville Hwy, Inman, SC 29349.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 15 Oregon St. Greenville, SC 29605.
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