Earnest Tatum

January 10, 1958 - January 20, 2022

Earnest Denvil Tatum, 64, of Silsbee, formerly of Nederland, died Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Harbor Hospice of Beaumont. He was born January 10, 1958, in Port Arthur, to Ruby Lee Seale Griffin and Wiley Augustus Tatum.

Earnest was a long-time resident of Nederland and graduated from Nederland High School. In his youth, he was a talented baseball player, active in scouts, and an inventor. He could commonly be found tearing apart the household appliances and electrical devices to “see how they worked”.

Earnest retired from his long-time career with Plains Marketing where he was a truck mechanic for many years. He was an active HAM radio operator, he enjoyed computer games, and was a very talented guitarist.  Earnest was also a highly skilled computer enthusiast and could often be found scouting out the latest technology.

Earnest had many interests like cooking, gardening, and fishing. He was also a die-hard Republican. He will be remembered for his quiet-spoken, always kind, and quirky grin and chuckle.

All who knew him, loved him and our lives are forever changed because of him. He will be greatly missed.

“Fly high, until we meet again, fly high.”

Survivors include his daughter, Misti Rene Tatum, of Port Acres; grandchildren, Zayd, Zayli, Zylar, and Zana; sisters, Denise Hopkins and husband, Skott and Sherri Hebert and husband, Richard, all of Nederland; nephew, Russell Hebert and wife, Whitney; and a host of family and friends.

The family would like to express their sincerest appreciation to Dr.Lavalais and the staff of Harbor Hospice of Beaumont for their kindness, compassion, and great care.

Mr. Tatum’s cremation arrangements will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. A private family memorial will be held at the site of one of his fondest memories, known only to the family, that was full of happiness, laughter, and great joy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society by visiting cancer.org; Calvary Baptist Church, Youth Fund, P.O. Box 162, Nederland, Texas 77627; or to The Tatum Family, c/o Denise Hopkins, 133 2nd Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627.


Broussard’s Crematorium
  • 5150, Stivers Dr, Beaumont, TX, 77705,

Comments (7)

    Cathy Fonville Oden says:

    Memories so many come to mind! I loved Ernest! Prayers for the family

    Willis Parr says:

    To the family,
    My family loved Ernest greatly. He was a great friend and “Brother” to me. We spent many hours on our radios, talking politics, gardening, computers, and COOKING. I will never forget his kind heart and , yes, that smirk.
    Our most heartfelt condolences are sent with healing love and prayers for you all.

    Craig Thomas says:

    Denise and Sherri,

    Sending my sympathies to you both at the loss of your brother. I did not know Earnest very well but I remember you both fondly for your friendship during our school years. With my condolences to you and your extended family during a time of sadness.

    Craig Thomas / Houston, TX

    Pate Tatum says:

    Death is only temporary.
    As God has taken you home, your memories on this earth will be the joy that we treasure and cling to until we again shall meet on the other side.
    Rest in peace knowing that you’ll be sorely missed.
    All our love,
    Pate & Judy Tatum

    Elaine Hunter says:

    Earnest go rest high on that mountain. Go fishing in the Jordan River. Give all our loved ones a hug for me . You will never be forgotten.
    Denise, Sheri and Misty my sincere sympathy. You are in my prayers.

    Elaine Hunter says:

    Go rest high on that mountain Earnest . You will never be forgotten. Give all our loved ones a hug for me .
    Denise Sheri and Misty you have my sincere condolences.

    Kimberly Glenn says:

    Sherri and Denise I am so sorry about Earnest. Love y’all

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