of Beebe, AR
October 29, 1944 - April 20, 2022
Readus Ray Tatum, 77, of Beebe, Arkansas, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. He was born in Lewis County, Tennessee on October 29, 1944, to the late Bert and Bessie Tatum.Readus graduated from Freed-Hardeman University and Harding University. He was an avid fisherman who lived by the ''Four F's'': Faith, Family, Fishing, and Football. He was loved by all and will truly be missed. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cathy Terry Tatum; sons, Jeremy Tatum (Valerie), and Joshua Tatum (Tiffani); grandchildren, Chloe and Callie Tatum; sisters, Joyce Hildenbrandt (Jerry), Sherry Beck (Ron), and Teresa Hogan; brother, Keith Tatum (Jennifer); and furry friend, Sweetie Pie.He is preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Pat Hogan
I am lacking in the vocabulary to say. Readus/Coach I met in the 8th grade. He quickly became a man I respected and dare say loved. I remain in disbelief he is gone. I truly understand he suffered, perhaps more than most. He was my coach, then my brother in law, then family. He will be missed. My sweet sister, I pray you can find rest and comfort now. My love…
Although it has been several years since I last saw Readus, I often think of him and the times we watched our sons play basketball at CAC, tied flies, fished and discussed spiritual matters. Two particular occasions will always stick out. First, Readus and I traveled to New Mexico together and fished the world famous San Juan River. Readus caught a monster cutthroat trout on that trip. Another was persuading him to float a portion of the Little Red River with me in my canoe. We had a great day fishing, however at the end of the day we found ourselves at Cow Shoals and a steep set of stair steps to exit the river. I ended up trying to carry Readus out on my back. His weight, plus added weight of his braces made it extremely difficult and I thought I was going to throw up when we finally got to the top. Every time we got together after that we’d bring ourselves to tears laughing about it. I never did get him to go in my canoe again. He was such a great man of God and I will always cherish our friendship.
Chuck and I were extremely fond of Readus. He was always kind and friendly to me. He will be missed.Sincerely, Diane
Coach Tatum was a wonderful christian man who never let his physical challenges keep him from living a life for the Lord. He was an inspiration to all of us who had him as a teacher or coach at CAC. He will always be remembered by the hundreds of students he impacted as an example of how to thrive in life despite obstacles put in your path. I will always remember many life lessons he taught us in Bible class at CAC. He is running and jumping in Heaven today!
So sorry to hear about Readus. I knew him at FHC. He was one of the good ones. Condolence to the family.
Condolences to the family. I really enjoyed teaching with him.
There was none better than Coach Tatum. Some of my best years growing up was having him as my basketball coach and teacher. I've lost touch with Josh, but I wish his family well during this time. I hope they know how much Coach Tatum meant to so many of us. For those who knew Coach, he was as good as it gets!
So very sorry for your loss. Hubert and I loved your family so much. He was a special friend to Hubert. He had called me several months ago, just checking on me. I thought that was so caring of him. He was a wonderful Christian man. May God be with you and your family at this time and give you comfort.
Our association with Readus was when he was teaching at West Memphis Christian. Readus was a fine Christian and real fighter. We loved him and the example he was to all those that knew him.
Rest from your toil and strife now. Godly man. Good father and husband and a blessing to family. We miss you. Love.
Sis I am absolutely devastated over this. You can always hear I’m so sorry but that’s never the right words to give for comfort. I wish I had the exact comment/ words that would completely give comfort to you and all the loved ones. It seems if Coach has always been in our lives and he will be missed. We love you guys always.
I miss my friend, my brother in Christ.Firmly fixed in place, Readus stood at the apex of life. An Immovable, constant defender of the faith. He never wavered. It's been a tremendous fortune to know Readus and Cathy. A great inspiration. Carry on, brother, we will take it from here.
Readus will be sorely missed by his church family....he was such a leader and always smiled and greeted people so warmly. I admired him so much for his faithfulness to God. He pushed on to serve God even while battling thru his pain. I loved him and I will miss him.
Precious Readus! I remember the day you came to Bossier City and worked at ArkLaTex C. Encampment. I was a camper and counselor during your summers. Everyone wanted to know who was the big guy with all the muscles. How blessed my family was to have you come live with us in the summer! So many pong games and shooting pool on the back porch. You were the perfect encouragement for all of our youth group. All of those kids including me smile when they think of READUS! Hold on, I'll be with you one day up there. And for your information, I had to wear those shorts because I worked at a swimming pool and was a lifeguard part of the time! Much love to Cathy and your family. You were truly a Great Christian Man.
We just heard of this heartbreaking news. What a special man and friend Mr. Tatum was. So thankful for all of the lessons he taught us and the perseverance he showed us. Love to all. Brian and Amy Drewry.
Janice and I attended FHC 67-68. Readus never saw any barriers in life, only opportunities!❤️🙏 Great man!
Readus was a dear friend of mine, both at Freed-Hardeman and Harding. He taught me about football and was an inspiration in so many ways. He was truly a wonderful person and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are prayers are with Sherry (whom I also knew) and with the rest of his family that I have never had the privilege to meet.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Cathy, Jeremy & Joshua and their families.
He was a spiritual man who influenced many. Praying for comfort for your family.
Readus was a great Christian talented man and a friend to many, and a wonderful teacher and coach. I met Readus when my dad, Ed Sanders, preached a gospel meeting in Hohenwald, TN, many years ago. Readus made my dad a fishing rod and Dad used it often. We will surely miss him. We are so sorry for your loss, Cathy and the boys and family. (Don and Patti)
Truly a man who kept the faith throughout a life of great challenge. We shall not see his like again...until eternity with the Lord.