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Thursday June 9th, 2022
6:00pm - 7:30pm

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Southside Baptist Church
Friday June 10th, 2022

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Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery
Wednesday June 15th, 2022

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Thomas Jackson Tatem

Thomas Jackson Tatem, 80, of Hobbsville, NC. Went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 5, 2022. He was the son of the late Isaac Jackson and Lillian Jones Tatem. He is also preceded in death by his siblings, Marion, Jean, Delma, Miles, and Joyce.

Thomas was saved on April 2, 1967, at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Va. He had a heart for children and ran a bus ministry throughout the years. He was a faithful member of Southside Baptist Church. As a young man he was an All-American Football player at Norview High School. He proudly carried #50 on his jersey. He loved Alabama Football, “Roll Tide!” and enjoyed woodworking.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Susan Tatem; children, Paul Tatem (Leslie), David Tatem (Janet), Elisabeth Carter (Justin), and Aaron Tatem (Nicole); grandchildren, Madison, Abigail, and Gracie Tatem, Jordan and Alison Tatem, Landyn Carter, Sawyer and Jackson Tatem; and sister, Lauriee.

Family will receive friends at R.W. Baker Funeral & Co., 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk, Va. on Thursday from 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm. His service will be the following day at Southside Baptist Church, 917 Carolina Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434, at 11:00 am. His burial will take place at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 10:00 am. Please arrive at the funeral home at 9:15 am to process to the cemetery. R.W. Baker is serving the family. Online condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

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Sue, I just saw this tonight so i am a little late sending you condolences- our family (whitehurst)we’re at TBC when you folks were! My husband (Bobby) graduated from Norview also - if I remember correctly that is where he knew Tommy from! Bobby went to be with the Lord in 2011. I remember Paul when he was young , he might have been in a class with Michael or Daniel My prayers go with you and your family!

Barbara whitehurst Sep 28 2022 11:03 PM

Ralph & I watched the service . It was very comforting. You have a wonderful family and that is something so many people do not have.. God bless all of you.--Uncle Ralph & Aunt Linda .

ralph eustace Jun 10 2022 1:11 PM

I have so many great memories of Tommy that include Broad Creek Village, Norview High School, and of course football! It is difficult to lose someone who is so completely loved by his family. But we have to remember that he is with the Lord, and there is no better place he could be. Your family is wished strength and hope, especially during this time. We will continue to keep your family in our prayers. Go Pilots (and Alabama)! Joshua 1:9

David and Jane Faulkner Jun 9 2022 5:14 PM

So sorry to hear this but he is shouting in glory!! I have so many good memories of Tommy Tatum at Tabernacle when I was a youth there. I am Bill and Lucy Jordan’s daughter. God bless you all.

Doris Duffey Jun 8 2022 11:30 AM

Dear Sue, I am Lyn Snell, Milton and Mary Snells Daughter.. My heart hurts hearing this news. Over the years I have thought of you and Tommy often. I love you both. All wonderful memories. Take care of yourself. Condolences to your Children, Family and Friends.

Avis Mick Jun 7 2022 11:13 PM

Ashley and I will miss you dearly Uncle Tommy!!! RIP Uncle Tommy we love you very much!!! Aunt Sue, Paul, David, Elizabeth, Aaron we are for you!! Love all of you!!❤️❤️🙏🙏

Allan Aughtman Jun 7 2022 1:58 PM

So sorry to hear of Tommie passing on. Praying for all of you! Love you all, love The Rathbun Family 🙏

Connie Rathbun Jun 6 2022 10:01 PM

Cargoways of Savannah Send their deepest Sympathy to the Tatem family

Eric Melton Jun 6 2022 8:14 PM

Sending prayers for Elisabeth, Landyn, Justin and all of the family. God bless you all.

Cheryl Rako Jun 6 2022 6:26 PM