Francis P. Tatum
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


Biography Index || Navarro County - World War I




Francis Palmer Tatum
May 7, 1898 - Dec 21, 1970

First Sgt. Francis P. Tatum, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Tatum, was born in Corsicana, Texas, May 7, 1898.  He was reared by his aunt, Mrs. Mattie Hilliard.  Received his education in the public schools of Corsicana.  His military training began in May, 1916, with the Cavalry.  When war was declared he was transferred to the 132nd Infantry, Camp Bowie, and trained there.  He was also in the training camps at Camp Travis.  Went Overseas to France July 8, 1918.  Through efficient service was promoted, first to a Corporal, later to Sergeant and then First Sergeant.  Following the armistice he received his discharge from the service. 

History of Texas World War Heroes - World War 1


  • Texas Death Index: Tatum, Francis P; 12-21-1970, Male, Navarro County, TX

  • Social Security Death Index: FRANCIS TATUM; 07 MAY 1898; DEC 1970; 75111 (Texas) 460-12-1525


Tatum Rites Set Wednesday

Palmer Tatum, 71, died Monday in Memorial Hospital. A native of Corsicana, Mr. Tatum had lived in California for several years before returning to Corsicana. He was a member of the Methodist Church and veteran of World War 1.

Services have been set for Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. H. Lively Brown officiating. Burial will be in Fort parker Memorial Park.

He is survived by his sister, Mrs. S. C. Gay of Dallas; and two nieces, Mrs. J. Ed Norris of Houston and Mrs. David Jackson of Houston.



Tatum Rites

Funeral services for Palmer Tatum, 72, were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Corley Funeral Chapel with the Dr. H. Lively Brown officiating. Burial was in Fort Parker Memorial Park. Mr. Tatum died Monday in Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include a sister and two nieces.

Pallbearers were Charlie Bee, G. C. Goodin, Jack Paschal, R. W. Fowler, Billy Tatum and John Tatum.




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