Paul Raymond Tatum

July 18, 1956 - July 31, 2023
Paul Raymond  Tatum

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Paul Raymond Tatum on Monday, July 31, 2023, at the age of 67. He was a native of Burlington, North Carolina, and currently resided in Burgaw, North Carolina.

Paul is survived by his wife, Cynthia Tatum, her daughter Christina Jenkins, and her son Caleb Tatum, his son Robert Raymond Tatum II and his wife Dia Tatum, their two children Trace and Teddy Tatum, his daughter Courtney Lynn Tatum, and his brother, Stephen Tatum his wife Sally, and brother James Tatum and wife Janice. He is the son of the late Robert Raymond Tatum and Evelyn Dickey Tatum.

Paul was a licensed optician for 40 years, starting his optical career at Bill Dunn Opticians in downtown Burlington. Paul then opened his own business, Tatum Optical Shoppe, also in Burlington. Years later he began a new venture in the restaurant business before returning back to his original career as an optician. He loved his two dachshunds Beau and Molly and UNC athletics. He was passionate about his love for music, and spending quality time with his wife Cindy. He was a loving son, husband, brother, father, and grandfather.

Paul courageously battled multiple myeloma cancer for nearly five years, the family would like memorials be directed to the National Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held Friday, August 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

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  • August 04, 2023
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  • August 04, 2023
    Christine McKenna says:
    Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss

  • August 04, 2023
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  • August 03, 2023
    Sandy Griffin says:
    Betty and I are sad to learn of Paul's passing. He was a fine guy and treasured friend for many years. We were honored to know him and, of course, especially grateful to all of the Tatum's for their kindness, generosity and integrity to so many. Blessings to you all and know that we will be prayerfully thinking of each of you over the coming days and weeks. Grace & peace. Betty & Sandy Griffin

  • August 02, 2023
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    Paul, Joel and Courtney
    Paul, Joel and Courtney