Visitation with the family of Mrs. Tatum will be held Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Tatum entered into eternal rest Nov. 7, 2018 at the age of 87.
Janette was born June 18, 1931 in Wilson County and lived most of her life in the LaGuardo community. She was a 1949 graduate of Lebanon High School and later attended Falls Business College. On Jan. 19, 1952, she married Ernest Owen Tatum, who preceded her in death in 2010 after 58 years of marriage.
In addition to her husband, Janette was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Janie Sue Williams Stewart; brother, Dan Stewart; daughter-in-law, Polly Hunter Tatum; and granddaughter, Shawna Beadle Jennings.
Janette is survived by her children, Susan (Richard) Beadle, Philip Tatum, Barry (Kathy) Tatum; grandchildren, Brandon (Melissa L) Farmer, Bryan (Melissa H.) Farmer, Brittany (John) Carroll, Will (Tori May) Hunter, Michael Beadle; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Jaxon Farmer, Jacob, Noah, Jeremiah and Benjamin Farmer, Wes, Mika, Aley, Gavin and Brody Carroll, Tatum and Taylor Hunter, Avery and Easton Ferrell; sisters-in-law, Bettye Stewart, Edna Mae Tatum; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Janette was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who loved her family immensely. Her life was one of ambition, hard work, honesty, integrity and most of all, a deep abiding faith in God. She lived by example and was not afraid to speak or stand up for what was right and what she believed in. She was an admired, loved and respected individual. In their early years, Janette and Ernest operated Stewart’s Grocery in LaGuardo, and together operated a small farm. In the late 1960s, she joined Field Enterprises, the distributor of the World Book Encyclopedia, initially as a sales representative and subsequently as district manager for Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. Her most fulfilling career came during her semi-retirement years, right at home on the farm. Janette and Ernest, who had recently retired from DuPont, started raising and selling tomatoes and tomato plants with the help of their three young grandchildren. They spent more than 20 years quietly instilling in those grandchildren the important values in life.
Janette was an active member of LaGuardo Baptist Church for many years. She volunteered to join a group of LBC members called to meet a need in the local community of Possumtown, by establishing a small chapel in the home of Mrs. Rosa Webb. The chapel grew, and a building of worship was later erected, which became known as Webb’s Baptist Chapel, where she was a member.
In reflecting upon her life, it is apparent she crossed many paths and enjoyed many wonderful relationships. The family looks forward to reminiscing with friends and family in the days ahead and is thankful for this opportunity. They are also sincerely thankful to Alive Hospice, the Pavilion and Kindred Home Health for their services. Also, a special “thank you” to all the caregivers in each organization for their compassion and commitment in caring for their mother.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Alive Hospice, Autism Speaks, Gideon’s International, the Salvation Army or your preferred charity are encouraged.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Farmer, Bryan Farmer, Will Hunter, John Carroll, Alan Tatum, Richard Beadle, Chuck Stewart, Doug Bone and Jimmy York.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Robert Steves, Amy Gilbert, Karen Byrge, Lovely Ladies of LaGuardo, Paul and Josephine Thompson, special friends at Berea Church of Christ, Ann Boyd, Edie Clark, Jean Marshall and Pat and Joe T. Pfarr.
Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements, 615-444-2142, ligonbobo.com.
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