Thomas Tatum

FULTON – Murry Thomas Tatum, 87, passed away April 19, 2013, at his home in Dorsey. He was born Sept. 28, 1925, in Baldwyn, to the late William Houston Tatum and Martha Belle Chaffin Tatum.

Following the death of his mom when he was 12 years of age, he made his home with his Aunt Lessie Tatum in Tupelo. He was a student at East Tupelo High. When he turned 18, he became a member of the United States Marine Corp. as a member of “The Greatest Generation”. He served in the South Pacific. He received three battle stars for Saipan, Tenian, and Iwo Jima. Also received a Presidential Unit Citation with other medals. He loved his country, “Once A Marine, Always A Marine”.

He married Melba Loden on Aug. 13, 1955. He retired from Daybrite Lighting after 40 years of employment. He was a person of great wit and could keep his grandchildren laughing with little effort. He was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church in Dorsey. He loved his Church family and the Faith Keepers Sunday School Class. He served as an Usher for years enjoying greeting all who entered the Church doors. He made many blue bird houses and made sure all the neighborhood birds were always fed year round. He was loved by all his family.

Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Home with Dr. Kevin Clayton and Bro. Tracy McMillan officiating. Burial is at Dorsey Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors are his wife, Melba Tatum of 57 years of Fulton; son, Andy (Benita) Tatum of Fulton; grandson, Jon (Shana) Tatum of Mooreville; granddaughter, Allison (Chad) Watson of Tupelo; granddaughter, Carla Tatum of Fulton; sister, Betty (A.C.) Shankle of Calhoun City; brother, Buddy (Betty) Tatum of Nettleton; brother, James (Diane) Tatum of Nettleton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Houston Tatum; mother, Martha Belle Tatum; brother, Robert Putt; sister, Christine Chism; aunt, Lessie Tatum; stepmother, Clara Tatum Randolph; and father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Loden.

Honorary pallbearers are the Faith Keepers Sunday School Class.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home.

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