John Phillip Tatum

September 21, 1957November 5, 2018
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John Phillip Tatum, age 61, of Montgomery, Alabama passed away on Monday November 5, 2018. John was born September 21, 1957 to Mabel and William Tatum.

Phillip is survived by; his daughters Christa Taylor Tatum and Emily Morgan Tatum; a son John Travis Tatum; a sister Rhonda Gay Ward and a brother Rodney Stephen Tatum; as well as best friend Richard Bell. He was preceded in death by; father William Tatum and mother Mabel Tatum. Phillip leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and friends to cherish his memory.

Phillip was known as an avid Alabama fan so the family has requested that everyone wear Alabama colors (red/white/houndstooth/etc.) for the visitation and memorial service. He also enjoyed NASCAR (especially Dale Ernhardt Jr.) and was particularly fond of his bourbon. His musical tastes stretched from Kid Rock to Celene Dion and Michael Jackson to Johnny Cash. His daughters said he tried to dance to them all too...

Phillip Tatum will best be remembered as the mechanic at Old Cloverdale's Tatum Texaco but he also operated a stump removal service called Stumpy's Stump Removal.

A visitation will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM in White Chapel-Greenwood Funeral Home, 909 Lincoln Road, Montgomery, AL 36109 with a celebration of life memorial service to follow at 6:00 pm. Wear Alabama colors...

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Tatum family.


  • William Tatum, Father
  • Mabel Tatum, Mother
  • Christa Taylor Tatum, Daughter
  • Emily Morgan Tatum, Daughter
  • John Travis Tatum, Son
  • Rhonda Gay Ward, Sister
  • Rodney Stephen Tatum, Brother
  • Richard Bell, Best Friend
  • Mr. Tatum leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and friends to cherish his memory.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Thursday, November 8, 2018

John Phillip Tatum

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The Beales

November 10, 2018

Go rest high PT. ❤️

Laura Gilbert Emfinger

November 8, 2018

My heart and prayers go out to all of the family. Phillip was a special guy. We went to school together as seniors at Lanier. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Ricardo Mills

November 8, 2018

RIP classmate you will be missed.

Tammy Tolbert

November 7, 2018

Thinking of you all at this time, please know I am thinking of you all and sending many prayers your way !!!

Juanita Cope

November 6, 2018

Morgan, so sorry to hear about your Dad. You know I'm here for you anytime. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love ya!

Teresa Moore-boyd

November 5, 2018

Sad to hear about Phillip. We had a lot of great times together back in the day...sorry gay and Rodney for your loss. He will be missed

Allen and Gail Nix

November 5, 2018

RIP Phillip, our very first son in law.. We all learned many firsts together and those memories we will always cherish. Our beautiful grands will forever be your legacy of pride and we will eternally be grateful .