Joe David Tatum 79, of Big Lake died Sunday June 23, 2013 at his residence.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday June 26, at Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Buddy Helms. Burial will follow in Glen Rest Cemetery.
Mr. Tatum was born August 9, 1933 in Lampasas to Dennis and Nautie Forbes Tatum. He married Mary Starkey August 22, 1956 in Brownwood. Joe was a longtime resident of Big Lake working for El Paso Natural Gas as a operator. He served in the United States Air Force and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Survivors include his son Tim Tatum and wife Shayne of Crane, his daughter Tracy Tatum Smith and husband Curtis of Big Lake, four grandchildren Lindsey and Gunner Tatum both of Crane, Taylor Smith of Mullin, and Skyler Smith of Big Lake.
The family would like to offer a special thanks to Dr. Denver Marsh and his staff for all their help especially facilitating his heart transplant 19 years ago, as well as San Angelo Home Health and Hospice of San Angelo.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Mary Tatum Scholarship Fund, at Security State Bank, Big Lake Texas.