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Ernest Owen Tatum, 85

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LEBANON -- Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, January 31, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Tatum, 85, of the LaGuardo Community. Retired from DuPont in Old Hickory after 29 years as an electrician and welder, he passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at his home.

A lifelong farmer, Mr. Tatum was a member of the Berea Church of Christ. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and from 12 Noon until the funeral service on Sunday.

Services will be conducted by Brother Todd Elliott and Brother Greg Smith. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Janette Tatum, daughter Susan (Richard) Beadle, sons Philip Tatum and Barry Tatum -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Brandon (Melissa) Farmer, Will Hunter-Tatum, Bryan (Melissa) Farmer and Brittany Farmer; step-grandchildren Shawna (Flynn) Jennings and Michael Beadle; great-grandchildren Cameron and Jacob; step-great grandchildren Avery and Easton.
Mr. Tatum was preceded in death by his parents John & Dolly Foutch Tatum, his brother Frank Tatum and daughter-in-law Polly Hunter Tatum.

Mr. Tatum requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the charity or church of your choice. Honorary pallbearers: David Farmer, Emily and Scott Lough, Butch and Vona Reed, Donnie and Mary Ann Bain along with the Elders and Deacons of Berea Church of Christ. Family members will serve as active pallbearers. Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

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