- Ada, Oklahoma

December 11, 2013

Clifford Tatum


    Services for Clifford Dale Tatum, 70, of Calvin are at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Calvin School Auditorium. The Rev. Buddy Drake will officiate. Burial will follow at Gerty Cemetery. 

     Family and friends may call at the Allen Chapel from 4 p.m. today until service time.

     Mr. Tatum died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at his home. 

     He was born Oct. 25, 1943, in Valiant to Emmitt and Rachael James Tatum. He graduated from Gerty High School in 1963.

    He married Twila Lee Bradshaw on Feb. 19, 1965, in McAlester.

     Mr. Tatum helped establish and manage Rural Water District #6 in Hughes County from 1989 until the present with the assistance of his bookkeeper of 15 years, Centhy Wainscott. He was of the Baptist faith, a member of the Allen Masonic Lodge and served as a board member of the Oklahoma Rural Water Association. He was the chairman of the board of the Oklahoma Rural Water Association Assurance Group.

     Survivors include his wife, Twila Tatum, of the home; three sons, Vincent B. Tatum and wife, Felecia, of Ada, Sheldon D. Tatum and wife, Andrea, of Gerty, and Preston L. Tatum and Justin of Oklahoma City; a sister, Joy Evans of Ada; eight grandchildren, Courtney Patton, Aaron Tatum, Dusti Tatum, Ashley Tatum, Shelby Tatum, Bryar Tatum, Tara Maine and Kyle Maine; and a great-grandson, Gunner Patton.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters.

     Bearers will be Darren Evans, Charles Robert Evans, Jim Marcum, David Bradshaw, James Gammil and Kenny Clagg. Honorary bearers will be Jim Searcy, Donny Price, Alton Tatum, Gene Whatley and Scott Harris.

     Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to

    Criswell Funeral Home, Ada