Jo Ella (Wilson) Tatum
Jo Ella (Wilson) Tatum was born on August 11, 1936, to Joseph H. Wilson and Fannie Dora (Frazier) Wilson near Allen, Oklahoma on a very hot summer day. She was the youngest of nine children. She passed away in Ada, Oklahoma on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the age of 80 years.
She had lived in Gerty, Oklahoma since 1958 with her husband of 59 years, John Tatum Sr. He preceded her in death on January 27, 2012.
Jo Ella is survived by her three children, Jo Ella (Tatum) Cates and husband Bill of Atwood, John Tatum Jr. and wife Donna of Gerty, and Joyce (Tatum) Searcy and husband Jimmy of Gerty.
She was preceded in death by one grandson, Jason Tatum of Gerty. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Janet and Stephen Tahah, Jessica and Nick Janes, Lesley and Shawn Sturm, and Amy Mayfield. She is also survived by great grandchildren: Brittany and Blake Cooper, Brayden Tatum, Logan Woodell, Donley Woodell, Rheagan Woodell, Austin Woodell, Sarah Sturm, Eliana Sturm, Jaelyn Janes, and Jace Dakota Janes; one great-great granddaughter, Julissa Cooper. Jo Ella is also survived by two sisters, Dora Faye Colbert and Darlene Lowe, and two sisters-in-law, Joy Tatum Evans and Linda Tatum; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Jo Ella was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Harmon Wilson, Kenneth Wilson, Horace Lee Wilson; three sisters, Lois Hale, Myrtle Miller, and Naomi Brock; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Jo Ella loved her family and doing genealogy research. She had many hobbies: She enjoyed crocheting, canning, cooking, gardening, reading, and visiting with everyone.
She was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church of Non, Oklahoma. Jo Ella was saved when she was 16 years old at Nipomo, California. She was a faithful witness for Jesus Christ.
Funeral services were held at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church in Allen on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. and Jo Ella was laid to rest at Gerty Cemetery. Rev. Earl Scroggins and Rev. Buddy Drake were the officiating ministers. Pallbearers were Bruce Woods, Coy Woodall, Arlan Wilson, Sean Taylor, Nick Janes, Stephen Tahah. Honorary pallbearers were great grandsons Logan Woodell, Donley Woodell, Austin Woodell, and Brayden Tatum.
Services were under direction of Fisher Funeral Home of Holdenville.