About Latane


My name is Willie Latane Barton. When I was way too young, I married the love of my life, Elbert Barton. We had 5 children, Marie, Steven, Shirley, Michael and Susan. Elbert served in the U. S. Navy for 22 years. After he retired from the military, we settled near Jasper, Alabama.

In 1999 we moved to Wakefield, Virginia near our middle daughter and her family. It was 2007 when my book "Springtime In Magnolia" started taking form and taking over my life, I might add. My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimers and I spent several years caring for him. After his passing, I got reacquainted with the Jackson family in my book. It's release was Nov. 7, 2014.

I currently live in Suffolk, Virginia in a 55+ apartment complex.


  1. just happened on this blog and will order your book to read, sounded very interesting as a lot of family histories can be.. all thebest Jeannine

  2. Hi Janzi, so happy to hear from you. thanks for your interest in my book. Take care, Latane

  3. I will certainly look for your book as I am an avid reader ~ My son is also an Officer in the Naval Reserves and lives in Moyock NC ~ 21 miles from Norfolk VA ~ Where is Suffolk VA ?? My blog is http://acreativeharbor.com and heard about you through Marie ~
    Wishing you a joyful week ~ ^_^

    1. Suffolk is half way between Norfolk and Moyock. So close. My husband spent 22 years in the Navy. Gotta love those Navy boys.


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