An Inman Middle School coach and teacher was found dead at his home Sunday morning.

Todd Latta, 47, was found at his home in the Sunnyside community by a friend, according to Chief Deputy Damon Lowe of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. That friend called deputies to Latta’s home between 11-11:30 a.m. Sunday.

“A friend came by and checked on him,” Lowe said Sunday afternoon. “He hadn’t been feeling good. He found him in bed.”

His death appeared to be from natural causes and no foul play is suspected.

Lowe, who was a friend of Latta’s, said Latta died sometime during the night after he had a phone conversation with someone Saturday night.

Latta was a teacher at Inman, where he was also a softball coach. He was a radio commentator for Henry County High School Patriot football, and helped call Friday night’s game.

“We’re all heartbroken right now,” Lowe said. “It’s just a sudden loss.”

Norma Gerrell, director of schools for the Paris Special School District, said Sunday that Latta had an impact on thousands of lives.

“Todd Latta was a relationship builder with his students and with his colleagues. His positivity and drive to give students real life experiences fed his work. He touched every student at Inman in his classroom each year.

“Coach Latta, as most called him, was a tremendous husband, father, son, and an all around great man. His presence will be sorely missed in our hearts, our school, and the community.

“I’m thankful for the positive influence Todd has had on my life and the lives of thousands of students and friends. We will grieve this loss alongside his family and friends,” she said.

Incomplete funeral arrangements may be found on Page 3.

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