Mrs. Walter Mary Lofton Tatum, Mae, as she was affectionately known, was born in Elbert County, Bowman, Georgia on April 1, 1927 and was the daughter of the late Julius Lofton and Sallie Huff. She departed this life on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
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Mrs. Tatum was a member of Holsey Memorial CME Church, Mt. Calvary Holiness Church, and she was also a member of Mother Jerusalem Holiness Church. She attended the Iredell County Schools. Mae was self employed as a homemaker. Mae was married to the late Charlie Tatum.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Tatum; a brother, Leonard Loftin; two uncles, Dewey Lofton and Talmage Lofton; a grandson, Tracy Antonio Lofton; three aunts, Katie Lofton Swell, Mary Frances Lofton Singletary, and Roslie Lofton Rucker;a great grandson, Jeremy Phifer, and a son-in-law, George McCullough.
Mrs. Tatum leaves to cherish the memories of her life, two sons, Charles (Jocelyn) Tatum of Bronx, NY and Kevin Tatum of Statesville; one daughter, Kay Lofton McCullough, of Statesville; three grandchildren, Malik Hasan Mohammed of Statesville, LaKeisha Johnson of New York and Natasha Amina Tatum both of New York; seven great grandchildren, Erika Johnson, Brittany Westbury, Johnathan Westbury, all of Bronx, NY, Miles Andrew Tatum, Astarsheea Y. Turner, Kaylan Dawkins all of Statesville and Brandon Airey of Virginia; three great great grandchildren, Tay'Ahjah Turner, Zy'Kere Malik Mohammed and Saii'Kee Turner; one great great great grandchild, King Cherry, special cousins, Lois Maxwell (Turk) Turner and Dimple Hunter; caregivers, Tiffany Padilla, Stephanie Geter, and Amber Bianco, Frida Uribe- Pimectel.
Celebration of life service will be conducted Saturday, December 29, 2018, 1:00 pm, at Mt Calvary Holiness Church. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:00 pm, at the church. Dr. Randy Minor, Phd, will officate and Reverend McCaskill will deliver the eulogy. Visit the book of memories for Mrs. Walter Mary Lofton Tatum at www.rutledgeandbigham.com. Rutledge and Bigham is serving the family of Mrs. Walter Mary Lofton Tatum.