James Hugh Tatum

February 14, 1927 - December 13, 2020 

James Hugh Tatum

February 14, 1927 - December 13, 2020 

Obituary for James Hugh Tatum

James Hugh Tatum, age 93 of Cornelia, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 surrounded by love and family.

Born in Cornelia, Georgia on February 14, 1927, he was a son of the late Frank M. Tatum and Ruth Church Tatum. Mr. Tatum served Habersham County for 38 years as the flight base operator for Habersham County Airport. He owned and operated Habersham Aviation and shared with many his love for Aviation. Mr. Tatum proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rotary and various other community organizations. By far his greatest accomplishment was the legacy of love and commitment he left behind for his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Erwin Tatum; sister, Joyce Tatum Wilbanks.

Surviving are his loving wife of 64 years, Marvene Pittman Tatum of Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, James Christopher Tatum (Jan) of Clayton; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Tatum Cook (Benny) of Cornelia; grandchildren and spouse, Greg Cook (Salina) of Macon, Pam Cook Carnes of Cornelia; great-grandchildren, K.J. Carnes, James Cook, Merrick Carnes and Grace Cook; brother and sister-in-law, Clifton Tatum (Denise) of New York; several nieces and nephews.

The family would also like to express their love and gratitude to Kia and Rod Gordon for the care and support they provided and forever will be loved and considered to be a part of our family.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2 pm, Monday, December 21, 2020 at Yonah Memorial Gardens with Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Military honors will be provided by the United States Air Force and the Grant Reeves VFW Post #7720. Services will be live streamed for those not able to attend on the Facebook page of McGahee-Griffin and Stewart.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Those in attendance are asked to please adhere to the public health and social distancing guidelines regarding COVID-19.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.


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