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Trinity Memorial Centers Funeral Home Obituaries


Jacob Tatum

November 11, 2017 - December 24, 2017

Jacob Elijah Tatum passed away at six weeks of age in his mother and father’s arms on December 24th at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt after a brief illness.

A memorial visitation will be held from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Trinity’s Downtown Life Celebration Center(Model City Event Center, 201 E Center Street, Kingsport, Tn). Family, Friends, and Co-workers are encouraged to attend the memorial to extend sympathy and comfort to Johanna, Jared, and Christian during this difficult time. At this time, it is requested that no kids attend the memorial. A small graveside service will be held at noon on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Oak Hill Cemetery for very close friends and family. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet 15 minutes prior to the graveside service at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers and other gifts, donations may be made in Jacob’s name to the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Education and Research Foundation (donate online at https://pidserf.org/donations.html or send a check payable to the PIDS Education and Research Foundation at this address: PIDS Education and Research Foundation, 1300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22209) or to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (donate online at https://webapp.mis.vanderbilt.edu/vumc-giving/landing?appealCode=C18DF  or send a check payable to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt at this address: Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, VUMC Gift and Donor Services, 3322 West End Avenue, Suite 900, Nashville, TN 37203). If you would like Jacob’s parents to be notified of the gift in his honor (amount will not be shown), their address is 1311 Carrberry Court, Kingsport, TN 37663.

Jacob is survived and remains cherished by his parents, Johanna and Jared Tatum, and brother, Christian Tatum, of Kingsport, TN. Jacob is also survived by his grandmother Connie Jo (Norm) Spellberg, grandfather Robert Armerding, uncle Sam (Karin) Armerding, uncle Jonathan (Lisa) Armerding, uncle Josh (Jenny) Armerding, and uncle Ben (Heather) Armerding all of California and aunt Julia (Paul) Blair of Kingsport. Jacob also leaves behind grandfather Kevin (Crystal) Tatum, great-grandparents Henry and Myrna Tatum, and uncle Preston Tatum all of Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Lorrie Word, great-grandparents Denford and Lorine Mercer, great-grandparents Helen and George Armerding, and great-grandparents Donald and Beatrice Thorpe.

Jacob’s parents would like to express their gratitude for the support shown by friends and family during this arduous and painful time. They hope that Jacob’s legacy will be to inspire others to help future children fight and win battles against infectious disease.

Trinity Memorial Centers Funeral Home (423-723-8177) is honored to serve the family.


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