OBITUARY

Jeptha Columbus Tatum III

December 18, 1944January 20, 2021
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Jeptha Columbus Tatum III (December 18, 1944 – January 20, 2021) has passed at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas due to complications with lymphoma. “Jep” was a native Savannah of Georgia, and son of Jeptha Columbus Tatum Jr. and Teresa Bolton Tatum.

He attended Benedictine Military School in Savannah and served honorably In the U.S. Air Force as active duty from 1964-1968 during the Vietnam War. He was not born in Texas but got there as soon as he could; acquiring a love for the history and the people of his adopted home State. Jep graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio and passed the Texas State Bar on September 24, 1973 which he retained until his death.

He quickly found success as a tenacious and disciplined lawyer imbued with all the manners of a Texas Gentleman; But the accomplishments he was most proud of and that brought him the most joy was being a devoted husband of 45 years to his wife Linda Raye Tatum and father to his two sons Travis Clinton Tatum and William Richland Tatum.

Jep’s oldest son, Travis would inherit his father’s love of aviation and go on to earn his commercial pilot’s license. His younger son Bill would inherit Jep’s love of the tidal water and become an accomplished long-distance kayaker and riverman. He is survived by his wife, sons, daughter-in-law Rachel Dunham Tatum and grandchildren; Lillie Madelyn Tatum and Jackson Travis Tatum. As well as his siblings, Terry Wilkins, John Tatum, Robert Tatum, Karen Ternes, Jim Tatum and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:00am at Memorial Funeral Chapel 2901 Texas Avenue South College Station, Texas 77845. Burial will be held at 2:15pm Houston National Cemetery 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr Houston, Texas 77038

Services

  • FUNERAL SERVICE

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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Karen Tatum Ternes

February 6, 2021

I have tons of memories to share, but I am dropping in here to say, despite not being able to be with you in person during the funeral, Dave and I and Claire were with you remotely during the service, and Dave and I, thanks to the cousins, were with you at the cemetery. All our love to you, Linda, and Bill and Travis and Rachel and Lillie, and Jackson.

teresa tatum

February 3, 2021

Linda, Bill, Travis and family-

The celebration of Jeppys life was beautiful. I loved seeing all the seasons of his life. The music, the photos and shared memories touch my life in a positive way.
I remind you the missing never goes away but you will get better at it. He will always be with you....always.
I love yall. Terri Tatum



Andrew Douglass

February 3, 2021

Thank you Jep Tatum for all your assistance with land and legal issues. I appreciate everything you've done to help me.

Jason Lacewell

January 27, 2021

Jep was extremely helpful to me, and my wife and i knew both Jep & Linda.
They are both extremely high class individuals, and i was proud to call Jep my friend.
His skill & knowledge of oil & gas minerals and the law as it pertains to that, was extremely helpful to me early in my career in oil & gas - and especially as it pertains to how very critical the land & legal side of the equation was - before you ever could even consider developing the reserves.
His dedication, patience with me and ability and interest in teaching me things that were out of my core discipline was invaluable & appreciated.

I loved his laugh & sense of humor, and i am very grateful that he was my friend.
Respectfully jason

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Teresa Tatum and her first baby, "Little Jeppy"

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Beginning a family with Jep and Terry

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Teresa Tatum and her first baby, "Little Jeppy"

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Beginning a family with Jep and Terry

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Fun on the Beach with baby Jep at the shoreline

Biography

Jeptha Columbus Tatum III (December 18, 1944 – January 20, 2021) has passed at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas due to complications with lymphoma. “Jep” was a native Savannah of Georgia, and son of Jeptha Columbus Tatum Jr. and Teresa Bolton Tatum.

He attended Benedictine Military School in Savannah and served honorably In the U.S. Air Force as active duty from 1964-1968 during the Vietnam War. He was not born in Texas but got there as soon as he could; acquiring a love for the history and the people of his adopted home State. Jep graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio and passed the Texas State Bar on September 24, 1973 which he retained until his death.

He quickly found success as a tenacious and disciplined lawyer imbued with all the manners of a Texas Gentleman; But the accomplishments he was most proud of and that brought him the most joy was being a devoted husband of 45 years to his wife Linda Raye Tatum and father to his two sons Travis Clinton Tatum and William Richland Tatum.

Jep’s oldest son, Travis would inherit his father’s love of aviation and go on to earn his commercial pilot’s license. His younger son Bill would inherit Jep’s love of the tidal water and become an accomplished long-distance kayaker and riverman.

He is survived by his wife, sons, daughter-in-law Rachel Dunham Tatum and grandchildren; Lillie Madelyn Tatum and Jackson Travis Tatum. As well as his siblings, Terry Wilkins, John Tatum, Robert Tatum, Karen Ternes, Jim Tatum and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:00am at Memorial Funeral Chapel 2901 Texas Avenue South College Station, Texas 77845. Burial will be held at 2:15pm Houston National Cemetery 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr Houston, Texas 77038