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Vivian Virginia Matthews Tatum
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Graveside services for Vivian Virginia Matthews Tatum, 94, of Walhalla, S.C., formerly of Rabun Gap and Cornelia, were held at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Wesley Presbyterian Cemetery at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School.

Mrs. Tatum died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at Lila Doyle Nursing Facility in Seneca, S.C.

She was the daughter of the late Jay Brayton and Monnie Scarborough Matthews of Asheville, N.C. She was married to the late Wilmer Reginald Tatum Sr. for 59 years. She also was preceded in death by sisters, Helen Franklin, Hazel Franklin, Hazel Puckett and Stella Waters; a brother, Jay B. Matthews II; and a granddaughter, Regina Tatum Hopkins.

She and her husband served in several capacities at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School from 1960 until his death in 1994, to include dorm mother and managing the Clothes Closet. Mrs. Tatum worked at the Rabun Gap Crafts for a number of years. She also served as co-chairman of the Habersham Baptist Association Committee for Georgia Baptist Children’s Home from 1950-60. She most recently was a member of Head of Tennessee Baptist Church and was a volunteer at the Sharing and Caring Thrift Store in Clayton.

She is survived by three children, Reg Tatum (Peggy Westbrook) of Walhalla, S.C., Ginger Restall (Bob) of Deep River, Ontario, Canada, and Tommy Tatum (Merry Bond) of Armuchee; three grandchildren, Mary Tatum Hudson (Donald), William Tatum (Jessica Nichols), and Russell Restall (Amanda DeSerres); 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She also was loved by many nieces, nephews and neighbors.

An online obituary and register is available at

Hunter Funeral Home, Clayton, was in charge of arrangements.

The Northeast Georgian

February 8, 2012