Louis Henry Tatum

September 2, 1943 - June 6, 2015
Louis Henry Tatum


Louis Henry Tatum, 71, of Wilmington passed away June 6, 2015 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center.

Louis was born in Wilmington, NC on September 2, 1943 to William Henry Tatum and Lessie Brown Tatum. He graduated from Roanoke Rapids High School and later moved to Ivanhoe, NC. He married Edwina Wooten in 1970 and resided in Wilmington, NC. In 1974 they moved to Clinton, NC and returned to Wilmington in 1994.

Survivors include his wife, Edwina; two sons, Louis Henry Tatum, Jr., wife Beth, and Jeffery Tatum; one daughter, Allison Ashton, husband Marc; grandchildren, Conner Tatum, Hannah, Lauren and Jessica Tatum, William and Loralai Ashton; two sisters, Miriam Kidd (Sterling) and Nancy Willey (Bobby). He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Louis was employed with Becker Builders Supply for 27 years and later retired from Classic Window and Door. He was an avid deer hunter, known as “Big Daddy”, and was President of the John Moore Ivanhoe Hunting Club for 25 years. He was an active member and former President of The Exchange Club of Greater Wilmington.

A visitation of family and friends will be held Thursday, June 11, 2105 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel from 6-8:00 PM. Private funeral services will be at a later date.

Please honor the memory of Louis with a memorial gift to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401, New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation 2259 S 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28401 or a charity of your choice.

Please share memories and condolences with the family at wilmingtoncares.com

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • June 09, 2015
    Nellie McMillan says:
    Louis, Beth and Girls. Our prayers are with you at this sad time! God will watch over you, your family, walk with you! In his care Blessing on all! Love You! Nellie Pamela and Catherine McMillans

  • June 09, 2015
    Cecil and Rita Sitton says:
    May the peace of our Lord and Savior be with each of you as you face the loss of such a fine husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather. His sparkling personality will be missed by all who knew him. Cecil and Rita Sitton

  • June 08, 2015
    Suzanne Parker says:
    Edwina, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Love and prayers to all of you. Love, Donnie and Suzanne

  • June 08, 2015
    Mimi says:
    He will be forever in your hearts. Sending prayers to all of you.

  • June 08, 2015
    Vann & Pam Blake says:
    Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time.