Robley Henson Tatum was an Atlanta native, a World War II veteran (who served in the Battle of the Bulge), and a devoted husband and father. Tatum was also a die hard Georgia Tech fan, having graduated from the university shortly after he returned home from war, and then working at Georgia Tech for the remainder of his professional life. The incredibly sweet and amusing obituary says a lot about the man, but perhaps nothing is more enjoyable than this bit:
He loved his family, his neighbors, Georgia Tech, the Atlanta Braves, bowling (he was a great bowler), the Atlanta Journal/Constitution (where his dad had worked), Waffle House, Hickory House and the Picadilly Cafeteria, and Little Debbie. He didn’t get his final wish for Tech, which to see Paul Johnson get fired, but hey, there’s still time.
This man fought for his country, risked life and limb, and Georgia Tech couldn’t even do one of its alumni and a decades long valued employee of the school have his final wish, seeing Paul Johnson fired? For shame, Georgia Tech. For shame.
Well, Tatum might not have gotten everything he wanted, but at least he’s in a better place now, a place without Paul Johnson. Here’s hoping there’s a Waffle House up there for him. What am I saying? It’s heaven, of course there’s a Waffle House.