John Forrest Tatum III
1937 - 2020
January 6, 1937
November 16, 2020
Southerland Family

Funeral Home

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Panama City, FL 32405


Mr. John Forrest Tatum, III

Mr. John Forrest Tatum, III, of Marianna, FL (formerly of Port St Joe, FL) passed away Monday, November 16, 2020 at Pruitt Health Old Capitol in Louisville, GA. He was born on January 6, 1937 in Fort Myers, FL. Mr. Tatum graduated high school from Fort Myers, FL and joined the United States Navy. He was a member of Harmony Masonic Lodge in Marianna and a former volunteer fire chief for St Joe Beach. He was a member of Beach Baptist Chapel and was retired from BAE systems, site D3.

Mr. Tatum is preceded in death by his mother, Greetice Tatum; father, John Forrest Tatum II; grandmother, Bertice Hite; and niece Tammy all of Fort Myers, FL.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 yrs., Gayle Tatum of Marianna, FL; his brother, Gene Tatum of Ft Myers, FL; daughters, Stephanie Powell of Gulf Breeze, FL, Michelle (Richard) Albritton of Conyers, Ga and Jenny (Jerry) Gilbert of Marianna, FL; son, John Forrest Tatum IV (Jennifer) of Smith Station, AL; granddaughters, Brittany Albritton, Allison Powell Habetz, and Katelyn Gwaltney; grandsons, Hunter Gilbert, Tanner Gwaltney, John Forrest Tatum V, and Jaxon Tatum; great grandchildren, Tucker Foy, John and Owen Habetz; nephews Don and Bryan Tatum.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. EST, Friday, November 20, 2020 in Holly Hill Cemetery with Brother David Nichols officiating.

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Published by The Jackson County Floridan on Nov. 18, 2020.
Graveside service
Holly Hill Cemetery
Funeral services provided by:
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My deepest sympathy to the Tatum family. Wishing you all comfort and peace in the days ahead.
Eunice Adu
November 19, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Sharon Clarke
November 19, 2020
My daddy was the Greatest Man I’ve ever known. And I will miss him for all the days of my life. Rest In Peace Daddy, I’ll see you again Someday! ❤
Jenny Gilbert
November 17, 2020
Uncle John will be greatly missed. Him and Aunt Gayle always made us feel at home when we came by, loved talking with them. RIP Uncle John.

Valerie Parmele
November 17, 2020
Deepest Sympathy to the Tatum Family.
Ericka Swilling Nobles
November 17, 2020