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Thursday, 20 August 2020 16:06

Rev. Gene C. Tatum

Rev. Gene C. Tatum, 73, of Amelia, VA, died August 19, 2020. He was a native of Dinwiddie County, the only son of the late James F. and Cecil Chappell Tatum. He entered the ministry at the age of 20. Appointments served include Surry, Associate at Washington Street Petersburg, Cartersville, Burkeville, Waverly, Amelia, Woods, and Ocran. During his 16 years at Ocran, the plans for the new church were developed and the church was built and paid for. When he retired in 2009, he had served 42.75 years in the ministry. In retirement, he served the West Dinwiddie Charge for 3½ years and then filled in for ministers when needed as long as his health allowed. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 24 years, Mary Nell Blanton Tatum of Amelia and a cousin, who was like a brother, Thomas W. “Tom” Chappell of Dinwiddie. A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Southlawn Memorial Park with The Rev. Tim Beck officiating. Covid-19 safety guidelines will be strictly adhered to and those in attendance are expected to wear a mask. Flowers are welcome or contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Contributions should be sent to LLS Virginia, P.O. Box 22475, New York, NY 10087. Services are by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Lawrenceville, VA. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
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  • Comment Link Donna Anderson Mistr Sunday, 06 September 2020 17:04 posted by Donna Anderson Mistr

    Mary Nell,

    My sincerest condolences on the loss of your husband. May warm memories and the abiding faith that shaped your lives together give you comfort in your grief.

    May the peace of Christ be with you,


  • Comment Link Thomas Lester Saturday, 22 August 2020 17:47 posted by Thomas Lester

    Gene was an inspiration as a man and pastor. It was always a joy and learning experience when in his company.

  • Comment Link Pat and Dean Tony Saturday, 22 August 2020 11:11 posted by Pat and Dean Tony

    Praying with you, family and many who were encouraged and edified by Gene and his ministry among us. There are many wonderful memories of Gene's service in the Farmville District and beyond. Grace and peace in the the Lord Jesus Christ, Who prepares a place for all who love Him. (John 14)

  • Comment Link Joyce  David Dayvault Saturday, 22 August 2020 10:53 posted by Joyce David Dayvault

    Dear Mary Nell,
    Our deepest sympathies i the loss of Gene...did was a true servant of our God...he gave so much to us at Ocran as did you....you both will always be a part of great memories serving the Lord...May you be comforted by God's gift of memories and his love.

  • Comment Link Michael B Marable Friday, 21 August 2020 19:26 posted by Michael B Marable

    Mary Nell, I’m so sorry to hear about Gene’s passing. He is in some of my earliest memories as a child when he was pastor for Tabernacle UMC. He was always very supportive. Praying for your peace and understanding during this time. Much love always.

  • Comment Link Tommy Wawner Friday, 21 August 2020 17:07 posted by Tommy Wawner

    Mary Nell, I was so sorry to learn of Gene's passing. I will always remember our high school days . He was a much loved and respected member of DHS Class of '64. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Comment Link Leslie parrish Friday, 21 August 2020 11:12 posted by Leslie parrish

    So sorry for your loss. Our family loved Gene when he was at Corinth church on the Cartersville charge❤️❤️
    Leslie and Lydia Parrish

  • Comment Link Glen Huff Friday, 21 August 2020 10:17 posted by Glen Huff

    Mary Nell, Words are never sufficient to express condolences. For several years I served with Gene on the board of directors for the United Methodist Conference Center at Blackstone. Gene was an inspiration and the two of you were highly valued supporters and advocates of the Center. Even now I have a picture of Blackstone hanging in my conference room and it serves as a reminder not only of the institution but of the friendship I enjoyed with Gene and the great respect I always had for him. I am praying that you sense that peace and comfort that is promised for those who know Jesus as their savior and that in the not too distant future we'll all be together again. With love and respect, Glen Huff

  • Comment Link Sue Robertson Friday, 21 August 2020 08:45 posted by Sue Robertson

    Mary Nell, there are no real words to express my sympathy at this difficult time, but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you walk through the trying days in the future. May God guide you and comfort you every minute of every day!
    With love,

  • Comment Link Glenice Townsend Thursday, 20 August 2020 20:03 posted by Glenice Townsend

    So sad to hear of the death of my dear high school friend and fellow Methodist. I will never enter Dinwiddie Elementary School without hearing his laughter. May you rest in God's loving hands?

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