BENTON — Walter Lee Tatum, 66, passed away Thursday afternoon Aug. 11, 2016, at his home.
He was born Sept. 2, 1949, in Sarasota, Florida, the son of Cecil Henry and Waneza (Perkins) Tatum.
He married Judy LaPorte on Sept. 9, 1977, and she survives.
He worked on the original construction of Sea World.
Mr. Tatum was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church in Benton.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Tatum of Benton; sister, Marcella Brown of Benton; brother, George Flora and wife, Edye, of Cosby, Tennessee; son, Don Overturf and wife, Cheryl of Ninetysix, South Carolina; grandson, Joshua Overturf and wife, Andrea of Orange City, Florida; nephews and nieces, Donald Earl Tatum, Patricia Leona Wiggins, Kimberly Caylor, and Lance Flora and wife, Wendy; and special friend/brother, Vic Fedun.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Cecil Riley Tatum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartbeat International Mission.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Sudeep Nair, the yellow clinic at VA Medical Center and to Oza Cancer Center.
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.
For more information or to sign the online guest register, visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.