Ann Tatem

Ann Coley Tatem

Thursday, August 12th, 1943 - Monday, January 13th, 2020
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Ann Coley Tatem, 76, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020. She was born in Missouri to the late John Q. and Helen Brugh Coley and was also predeceased by her brother, Roger D. Coley. Ann retired from the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for the City of Norfolk.
Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Joy L. Haycox and her husband, Dave, and Jana L. Gurganus; son, Jimmy Tatem, Jr. and his wife, Jean; sister, Dana L. Yeck and her husband, Tommy; grandchildren, Mark A. Nimmo, Jr., Matt Haycox, Kyleigh Post, Heather Smith, Chelsea Smith, Jordan Gurganus and Peyton Gurganus; three great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family members and dear friends. She also leaves behind her beloved puppy, Bailey.
The family will receive friends Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 6-7:30 pm at Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1112 Kempsville Rd. Chesapeake. A funeral ceremony will be held Friday, January 17, 2020 at 10:00 at the funeral home with a reception to follow. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Please visit to view the service and to leave a condolence to the family.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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  • Service

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 10:00am
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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  • Interment

    Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
    6309 Virginia Beach Blvd.
    Norfolk, Virginia 23502
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  • Reception

    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    CHESAPEAKE, VA 23320
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    Immediately following service


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Julie Cutler

Posted at 08:26pm
So sorry to hear of Ann's passing, her visits to Surfside Casuals in Nags Head were the highlights of my summer for so many years. She was funny, kind, sweet and had such a zest for life and fashion. I will miss our many laughs and talks that we have had over the years. Prayers for her family for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Clifton A. Wood, Jr.

Posted at 11:42am
To the family of Ann Tatem my dearly departed friend and coworker at Norfolk Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court. I was deeply saddened to learn of Ann's passing, it is my earnest prayer that God will grant you strength during this challenging period. I know that letting go and saying goodbye to a beloved family member is something no one wants to do, however you can take comfort in knowing that God has promised to "never leave you or forsake you." The numerous chats and words of advice
Ann shared with me before our workday began will forever be cherished. Her warm and jovial spirit was beneficial to all. I reflect upon the escapades she shared regarding crossing the bridge into Nags Head and of course that "darn swimming pool". (smile) Whatever was the opening topic of our conversation, some how or another it always pivoted to the love and pride she had for her family, which was second to none. Therefore, Ann may no longer be present with us physically but her "Spirit" shall thrive by virtue of what she has shared and instilled in each of you.

Ann, you have fought a good fight and now you have been called from "Labors to Rest". May the Grace and Peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ rest with you and your family on this day, henceforth and forevermore.
Clifton A. Wood, Jr.


Felisicia Williams

Posted at 11:17pm
I met Ms. Ann at Norfolk Court Service Unit. The very first time I met her she was so warm. Each time I was in her presence she made me laugh. She had a wonderful spirit and she enjoyed sharing her life story with me. One day I shared with Ms. Ann that my adult son was a smoker. She immediately had a look of great concern. She asked me "Do you want me to go talk to him. I will. I will tell him to stop it now!" I smiled and thanked Ms. Ann for her concern. The next day she called me and told me she had a bag of gum that could assist him with not smoking. It was a huge bag and I was so thankful that she took the time to bring it in for him. Ms. Ann and I never talked about religion, but she was a perfect example of "Love thy neighbor" (even one she never met). Your mother and loved one was a very special lady and I am glad that we shared some moments together. God's Peace be with you. Rest Ms. Ann.

Nancy Davis Lynch

Posted at 03:05pm
My deepest condolences in the loss of your beautiful Mother. I have so many fond memories of growing up with Ann. She was such a good friend and I loved her.
Nancy Davis Lynch

JB Scott

Posted at 10:14am
Ann even though we never met in person, 76 years is no doubt a wonderful life that God blessed you with in more ways than one. One of your granddaughters I've got to know so well Jordan Gurganus has been able to grow for the better as a woman because of your influences, love and guidance you gave her along with her parents. although you're now physically gone from the world, you'll never be gone from your family forever. Your passing is a time your family and all your dearest friends will celebrate your life and look back on wonderful memories as you get welcomed into a safe new world up above. I have faith and confidence that your family will join you up above when their time to enter the new world comes. so as you now prepare to exit Earth and make your way to the bright heavenly gates where God's arms will hug you along with those of your dear brother Roger, I thank you for being such a wonderful grandmother to Jordan and your six other grandchildren, a wonderful mom of two wonderful daughters and a wonderful friend to so many people. Good luck and godspeed Ann Coley Tatem.

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