David Lewis Tatum

TATUM, David Lewis, 54, of Tampa, FL, went to be with the Lord on April 1, 2014. He and his twin sister, MC were born in Rapid City, SD on June 14, 1959 when his father was in the Air Force and stationed at Ellsworth AFB. He was a longtime resident of Tampa since his father's retirement from the Air Force in 1987. David is survived by his father, Walter, his brother Walter, III (Paulette), sisters, Mary Carroll (John), and Grace DeLaughter (Thomas), a niece, Brooke Manning, nephews, Rodney Jenkins (Dody) and Christopher Brenner, and grandniece, Eden Jenkins. David was preceded in death by his mother, Noel Carroll Tatum in August, 2013. During his father's last assignment in Hawaii 1983-87, David worked for the Corps of Engineers at Ft. Shafter and later at Goodwill Industries. After we moved back to Tampa in early 1988, he went to work at Maas Brothers for several years and was selected as Employee of the month in Oct 1990, and was employed there until suffering a disabling stroke in 1994. He then worked at MacDonald Training Center in Tampa for a number of years. David loved bowling and was a great piano player and enjoyed flying with his Dad, especially in Hawaii. His illnesses go all the way back to 1974 when at the age of 14 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. "Time and again, David faced difficulties with unusual courage, largely stemming from his faith in Jesus Christ. He inspired and showed love to all who knew him." A memorial service will be held at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave. on Saturday, April 12th at 11:00 AM. A reception will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, 302 Ridgefield, Ct., Ashville, NC 28806, or St. Mary's Episcopal Church, or Church of the Resurrection, both in Tampa.

Funeral Home

Blount & Curry Funeral Home - Macdill Chapel
605 S MACDILL AVE Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 876-2421

Published in TBO.com on Apr. 8, 2014