Charles Loyd Tatum, 86, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, in Greenwood Chapel. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Greenwood Funeral Home. Charles Loyd Tatum was born May, 7, 1926, in Durant, Okla., to John Ralph and Ola Amanda Smith Tatum. He attended school in Armstrong, Okla., and Durant High School in Durant, Okla. He served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
on the USS Waller, from 1944 to 1946 in the Pacific, and was off the coast of Japan at the end of the war. After the war Charles married Willie Mae Townsend from his childhood town. Then around 1951 he moved his family to Fort Worth when he went to work for Convair, which later became General Dynamics. When he retired from General Dynamics he spent much of his time as a volunteer at the White Settlement Senior Center. He also was a member of the American Legion and the VFW
in Fort Worth, where he did some volunteer work. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in White Settlement. Charles Loyd Tatum was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Mae Townsend Tatum; father, John Ralph Tatum; his mother, Ola Amanda Smith Tatum; brother, Amos Elmer Tatum; and sisters, Effie Edith Tatum Green and Lillian Mae Tatum Yeager. Survivors: Sons, Ronnie Tatum and wife, Linda, of Fort Worth, Philip Tatum and wife, June, of Fort Worth, Bob Tatum and wife, Dyann, of Fort Worth; daughter, Trina Mitchell and husband, John, of Azle; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and of course his best friend, Sparky (his dog).