Bennie Lee Tatum


Mr. Bennie Lee Tatum died Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Onley, with his family by his side.

Born Jan. 27, 1951, he was the son of the late Gatha Rean Lynch Tatum and Lee Atwell Tatum. He retired from ANEC, in 2013, after 27 years on the job as a lineman and serviceman. He was an avid hunter and skilled gunsmith.

Mr. Tatum is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Mary Kerr Tatum; four children and their spouses, Angela (Todd) Winder, Heather (Jay) Diem, Jennifer (Daniel) Harris, and Ryan (JoAnn) Jefferson; seven grandchildren, Alex, Hailey, Madison, Sarah, Luke, Scarlett and Lily; one great-grandchild, Aaron; a brother, John (Sandy) Tatum; a special niece, Lisa (Charles) Wood; a special cousin, Terry NeSmith; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and beloved partner-in-crime, Wayne Willett.

Mr. Tatum lived with integrity. He loved well and was well loved, especially by his wife, children and grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, at Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Onancock.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105 (

Memory tributes may be shared with the family at, or mailed to P.O. Box 423, Onley, VA  23418.

Arrangements were made by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

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