James Tatum

James Hugh Tatum

Monday, February 14th, 1927 - Sunday, December 13th, 2020
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James Hugh Tatum, age 93 of Cornelia, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020 surrounded by love and family.

Born in Cornelia, Georgia on February 14, 1927, he was a son of the late Frank M. Tatum and Ruth Church Tatum. Mr. Tatum served Habersham County for 38 years as the flight base operator for Habersham County Airport. He owned and operated Habersham Aviation and shared with many his love for Aviation. Mr. Tatum proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rotary and various other community organizations. By far his greatest accomplishment was the legacy of love and commitment he left behind for his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Erwin Tatum; sister, Joyce Tatum Wilbanks.

Surviving are his loving wife of 64 years, Marvene Pittman Tatum of Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, James Christopher Tatum (Jan) of Clayton; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Tatum Cook (Benny) of Cornelia; grandchildren and spouse, Greg Cook (Salina) of Macon, Pam Cook Carnes of Cornelia; great-grandchildren, K.J. Carnes, James Cook, Merrick Carnes and Grace Cook; brother and sister-in-law, Clifton Tatum (Denise) of New York; several nieces and nephews.

The family would also like to express their love and gratitude to Kia and Rod Gordon for the care and support they provided and forever will be loved and considered to be a part of our family.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2 pm, Monday, December 21, 2020 at Yonah Memorial Gardens with Rev. Terry Rice officiating. Military honors will be provided by the United States Air Force and the Grant Reeves VFW Post #7720. Services will be live streamed for those not able to attend on the Facebook page of McGahee-Griffin and Stewart.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Those in attendance are asked to please adhere to the public health and social distancing guidelines regarding COVID-19.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

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  • Service

    Monday, December 21st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, December 21st, 2020 2:00pm
    Yonah Memorial Gardens
    255 Historic Highway 441 N
    DEMOREST, GA 30535
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    Rev. Terry Rice
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    Yonah Memorial Gardens
    255 Historic Highway 441 N
    DEMOREST, GA 30535
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Keith Campbell

Posted at 02:39pm
In the aviation community there are many great people. Jim Tatum will always be one of my favorites. I loved to sit on the porch and listen to his aviation adventures. He taught me a great deal about flying and life in general. The airport will not be same without him. I, and everyone there will miss him very much.

Stacy McEver

Posted at 10:41pm
Marvene, I am so sorry for your loss, Prayers, Love and many many hugs!!
Stacy McEver

Dee Rouse

Posted at 07:38pm
Marvine, Chris, and Lisa (Jan and Benny) So sorry for your loss and the loss in this community of a wonderfully kind man. I know there are no words to make this easier to bear, but my experience has taught me that he will always be in your heart and mind, and as long as you think of him, it keeps his memory alive. I know he is in the heavenly airport giving them direction and a stiff drink. I love you all ~Tina Smith

Dee Rouse

Posted at 07:30pm
Thank you for teaching me to fly. This helped me accomplish a dream to fly to an airport where my dad landed in Pennsylvania. Thank you for making my dreams come true. Much love and prayers, Dee Rouse


Posted at 08:28am
I would not be flying without you, thank you for teaching me. With deepest sympathy, your German Pilot.
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