RIP P. R. Latta

Just learned that my good friend and a great Democrat has passed. You can find the profile on this site that I wrote about him in 2010 as the Young Democrats of Wake County honored someone with the award in his name in August. He will be missed by so many of us that he mentored and shared his time and his history with.

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And a wonderful profile it is Martha!

Great profile of a great man.

Here is a direct link to it.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Posmo, I enjoyed writing about P. R.

I only hope it introduces P. R. and his contributions to yet another generation of Democrats in NC. I spent several hours on the phone with P. R., and it was difficult to cut all the material to a length suitable for publication.

He sent me pages of notes on his days in the Army and the days surrounding D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. He was in the thick of the fighting in both critical WWII battles.

One thing I probably did not highlight enough was his unending and deep love of his wife, who had died before this article was done. He adored her.

Martha Brock

Wow

You really did a thorough research job Martha! And the result is a wonderful tribute. Thank you for distilling it for all of us.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Funeral announcement from NCDP for P. R. Latta

Funeral arrangements for P. R. Latta are as follows

Visitation:
Tuesday, August 19, 6:00-8:00 pm
Brown-Wynn Funeral Home
1701 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609
(919) 876-6900

Funeral Service:
Wednesday, August 20, 11:00 am
Millbrook United Methodist Church
(across the street from funeral home)
1712 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609

Martha Brock

Rob Chrisensen on P. R. Latta in Sunday N&O

P.R. liked to describe himself as a “Yellow Dog Democrat,” an old-fashioned Southern term to describe someone who was so loyal to the Democratic Party he would vote for a yellow dog before voting for a Republican.

Actually, P.R. was a New Deal, Harry Truman trade unionist who spent his career working as an installer and repairman for Southern Bell (where he met his wife) and part of his retirement lobbying in Raleigh for the Communications Workers of America. He was also part of the Greatest Generation and took part in the assault on Omaha Beach on D-Day.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/08/23/4091510/christensen-pr-lattas-stake-in.html?fb_action_ids=751...

Martha Brock

My apology to the family

I don't know how that mistake has gone uncorrected in four years. I did sent the copy for the original story for P. R. to look at and make comments/corrections.

I am glad he is getting the recognition he deserves with the Christensen column in the N&O today.

Martha Brock