Vernon “Wart” Tatum, age 97, of Benton, passed away on Monday, June 22, at his residence.

Vernon was born in Marshall County on August 13, 1922 to the late William Thomas Tatum and Dora Clark Tatum. He was an avid wood whittler and faithful member of Walnut Street Baptist Church. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him as “Pa Tatum,” “Papa” and “Wart.”

He is survived by his daughter, Dora Stallons and husband, Richard; two sons, Billy Joe Driver and Louis Allen Driver; three daughters-in-law, Dorothy Driver, Gilda Driver and Vickie Tatum, all of Benton; nineteen grandchildren, Tammy York, Keith Stallons, Angie Burris, Lacey Tatum, Anita Sirls, Steve Driver, Sandy Driver, Debbie Driver, Randy Driver, Harold Thompson, Gary Thompson, Teresa Thompson, David Driver, Tony Driver, Jeff Driver, Ron Driver, Ricky Driver, Brenda Turner and Tim Driver; and many great-grandchildren and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Eunice York Driver Tatum; one daughter, Virgie Driver Thompson and husband, Hoy Lee; four sons, Floyd Thomas Tatum, Charles Driver, Leroy Driver and O’Dell Driver; two sisters, Emma Lee Tatum and Glennie Mae Clifton and her husband, Eugene; brother, Henry Dennis Tatum and wife, Mildred Noles; two grandsons, Joseph Thomas Tatum and Michael Floyd Tatum; and his parents.

A funeral service for Vernon was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 at Filbeck-Cann Funeral Home of Milner & Orr with Bro. Johnny Coffenberry officiating. Burial followed at Hamlet Cemetery.

Please go to www.filbeckandcann.com to share a hug, leave a message or light a candle in his memory.