In Memory of




Obituary for Dorothy Lucille Tatum

Dorothy “Poochie” had a long marriage with Joe Tatum, who we lovingly called “Joe Potato Bug”- he weighed 110 lbs. dripping wet. He worked for the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, loved running his coon dogs and building and fixing stuff. He & Poochie had 2 kids- Randy & Sheila. Randy went to be with the Lord early in life due to heart issues. Sheila became her Mom’s Caregiver in her last years- a bittersweet task.

Those were some of the memories of my youth & life with Poochie & our family.

Poochie got her nursing degree. She was excellent at arts & crafts, homemaking skills, and was a Master Gardener, using lots of her acreage in Coldwater, Mississippi, for growing Day Lilies. She was quite the Businesswoman and starred at all the flower shows she attended. She loved working outside, and was never shy about taking on any work, especially that which was usually set aside for men! Her energy was boundless in her younger & later years for the most part.

If I look at the Biblical fruits of the spirit—Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, & Self-Control—the one that jumps out at me concerning Poochie is Faithfulness! She was focused on whatever she put her hand to, and her word was her bond! If she said she was gonna' do something—it was as good as DONE! Don’t get me wrong- she had some of all the fruits listed, but this one was her standout in my mind.

She leaves 2 sisters, 2 brothers, 4 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

Driving directions to the Magnolia Cemetery:
From the intersection of MS-306 E & I-55, east of Coldwater, travel east on MS-306 E E for 0.5 mi.; turning south (right) into the entrance driveway of the cemetery.

Hernando Funeral Home