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John Herlone Tuten

February 20, 1924 September 22, 2019
John Herlone Tuten
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Georgetown
John Herlone Tuten (Pa), 95, of Georgetown, SC, passed away on September 22, after an exciting, well-lived, and meaningful life. Surrounded by family he proudly proclaimed to “be the man responsible for,” he entered the pearly gates of heaven where he was once again united with his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Maude Lamb Tuten (Granny) and a plate of her delicious biscuits. His granddaughter, Blakely (Tuten-Canfield) was surely nearby with a bottle of syrup to turn those biscuits into an amazing treat.
Born in Early Branch, SC, Pa was the oldest of five children born to Johnny and Ruby Tuten. He moved to Georgetown, SC, when he was 17 years old to begin his 41-year career with International Paper. Soon after moving to Georgetown, he met the woman “no other could ever compare to,” proposed to her at Brookgreen Gardens (on their first date), and began his life as the ultimate family man.
Pa and Granny had two children, Alec Herlone Tuten (Marcia) of Georgetown and Claire Tuten Manning (Frank) of Columbia. Pa was a mechanic at the Paper Mill where he worked his way up to management, allowing Granny to work part-time as a caterer so she could focus on raising their children. Aside from 9 short years working at the Paper Mill of Panama City, FL, Pa (and Granny) spent their lives helping others, primarily family, from Georgetown. They loved their community, especially their second family at First Baptist Church of Georgetown, where he was a member of the Lide Williams Sunday School Class and served as a deacon for many years.
Pa’s “best life” began when he retired in 1984. Then, he became an avid fisherman and shrimper, refusing to let any of his family buy “grocery store shrimp” again. He often stored his catch in family member’s freezers because his “was full,” only to excitedly prepare a feast of the world’s-best fried seafood during his next visit. He loved his time on Winyah Bay, especially with his “fishing buddies” Billy Woodberry and Joe Rabon.
He enthusiastically embraced the role of grandfather to 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, burning up the roads between Georgetown and Columbia to spend time with and help raise them all. If one was sick, Pa would always say he was just a phone call away and could be anywhere in 2 hours and 15 minutes or less. He perfected the art of packing a suitcase and loved to tell people he was “always ready to go where told and could have his bag packed in 5 minutes.” Perhaps one of his favorite activities was to fix ice cream-coke floats for his grands while they watched the Miss America pageant with Granny. He also loved serving up boiled peanuts and popcorn!
Pa always lived an active life. He served in many leadership roles at his church throughout his life. After retirement, he drove a bus for youth trips all over the country, shuttled cars as a way to earn money in retirement, and perfected his wood-working skills by building tables, shelves, porches, cutting boards, hour glasses, and so many other things for his friends and family. Some favorite creations from him include the stools he built for his vertically-challenged daughter and granddaughters and the 5 toy boxes he built for his youngest great-grandchildren after the age of 90. He attended most home football games for the Gamecocks and as many basketball games as he could. He went on his first cruise when we was 88, loved spending time with family at the beach, and never passed up a trip to the mountains. His most recent trip was just two months ago.
Pa ws blessed to live a healthy life for 95 years. His total days of sickness his whole life didn’t exceed 60. Shortly after Granny passed away, he bought a new car because his truck was not nice enough to drive the ladies in town to their doctor appointments and church. He did the yard work for many of the “old people” in the church that were not able to do their own – all of whom were actually younger than him. He spent the last several years working out at the YMCA several days a week where he loved to “order a biscuit” each morning at the check-in desk. On a recent birthday, the wonderful staff surprised him with that biscuit! He hated being told what to do unless he was asked his opinion – where he would quickly reply “I’m just waiting to be told what to do.”
Perhaps Pa’s favorite part of life was “cuttin up” with family members, a hobby that started with his favorite sister-in-law, Anne Matthews, and continued until his last days, when he joked with the hospital nurses about his family showing up to boss them around. Pa always had a smile, joke and breath mint for everyone.
Pa is survived by both of his children, Alec Tuten (Marcia) of Georgetown and Claire Manning (Frank) of Columbia; four grandchildren, Marci Tuten (Karl) of Hartsville, Ann-Lamar Tuten (Brody), Jeff Manning (Caroline) and Jessica Bartley (Bobby) all of Columbia, seven great-grandchildren, Michael Headrick of Monroe, NC, Clarissa Headrick, Anne Davis Manning, Edward Bartely, Ella Ann Brodersen, Jefferson Manning, and Franklin Bartley, all of Columbia. Pa is also survived by his sister-in-law and special friend, Anne Matthews of Columbia, his sister Maxine Miller (Tom) of Smyrna, GA, his sister Beverly Riley (Vernon) of Columbia, and too many nieces and nephews to count.
Pa was predeceased by his wife, Maude Lamb Tuten; two siblings, Gilbert Tuten and Charlene Godley; and a granddaughter, Blakely Tuten-Canfield (Duane).

Funeral Services will be two o’clock Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the First Baptist Church of Georgetown. Officiating will be The Rev. Dr. Ted A. Sherrill and The Rev. Robbie Sox. Burial will be Private.
The Family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, in the church parlor from one until two o’clock.
Sign a guest book at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to the Susan G. Koman Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 526, Dallas, TX 75244, an organization important to him due of the challenges of his many girls.
The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home is assisting the family.


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1:00 PM 9/24/2019 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 9/24/2019 2:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church Parlor

219 Cleland Street
Georgetown, SC 29440

First Baptist Church Parlor
219 Cleland Street Georgetown 29440 SC
United States

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24

Sep

2:00 PM 9/24/2019 2:00:00 PM
First Baptist Church

219 Cleland Street
Georgetown, SC 29440

First Baptist Church
219 Cleland Street Georgetown 29440 SC
United States

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Susan G. Komen

5005 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75224
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