Jimmy Darrell Tatum, age 84, of Asheboro passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at the Randolph Hospice House.
Mr. Tatum was born in Randolph County on March 21, 1938 to James Preston and Oppie Jordan Tatum. Jimmy was a 1956 graduate of Asheboro High School where he was an outstanding guard and helped them win 2 back to back state basketball championships. He received a basketball scholarship to play at Elon College. He played semi-pro basketball with McCrary Eagles and was inducted into the Asheboro High School Sports Hall of Fame. He coached many baseball and basketball teams and touched many lives. Jimmy served his country in the U.S. Army and was Vice President of BB Walker Shoe Company, CEO of Huck Leather Company and was the owner/operator of Jim Tatum Sales. Jimmy was a Godly man and a member of Central United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by his sisters, Sue Peele and Linda Smith and nephew, Randy Peele. He was a people person and a man of integrity. He loved to play golf and was an avid Duke fan, always wearing a Duke shirt.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Wanda Williams Tatum; daughter, LuAnn Bullard (Mike); son, Chris Tatum (Lori); grandson, Kendall Lewis; nephews, Tim Peele (Debbie) and Lewis Ludlum.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 2:00-3:00 pm at Central United Methodist Church, 300 South Main Street in Asheboro. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 pm with Dr. J.F. Howard, Sr. officiating followed by a celebration of life in the church Family Life Center.
Pugh Funeral Home in Asheboro is serving the Tatum family.