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Manasse Henry Tuten, Jr., 89, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Gardenia “Denia” Jones Tuten, passed away Saturday afternoon, July 13, 2019, at Memorial University Medical Center.

Born in Rincon, Georgia, he was a son of the late Manasse Henry Tuten, Sr. and the late Ruby Demaris Dasher Tuten. Mr. Tuten was a member of Central Church of Christ. He was a United States Navy veteran. Mr. and Mrs. Tuten owned and operated Tuten’s Fish Camp. He loved spending time with his family, riding motorcycles, and playing the violin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Ann Tuten, who died at 3½ from leukemia.

Surviving are his wife of almost 64 years, Gardenia “Denia” Jones Tuten of Savannah, Georgia; two daughters, Cheryl K. Horton and her husband, Ron, and Virginia “Ginger” Ann Smith and her husband, Snuffy, all of Savannah, Georgia; three grandchildren, Jennifer Ann Edgerly and her husband, Mike, (and they are expecting a son who will be born in October), Matthew Kyle Smith, and Andrew David Horton.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock Tuesday evening at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by Mitch Holcombe. Interment will be in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances: Flowers or memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959.

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  1. Teresa says:

    Mr Tuten, always with a smile on his face. I have very fond memories as a little girl with my parents, Henry and Alma Melton, renting a boat to go crabbing. Later when I married and lived on Dutch Island we would bring our boat to be launched. Mr Tuten was always so helpful and seemed to love his job. I no longer live near the water and miss the wonderful salt air smell. Denia was the most tanned lady I had ever met. My mom and Dad didn’t have a motor and we would row to the closest location that Denia would tell us the crabs were hiding. So sorry for your loss.

  2. Leard Huggins says:

    Mr. Henry was a big part of my life as a child. My dad,Ted Huggins, and I would rent a bateau and motor to take the Herb River to fish. He and Mrs. Denia treated me like I was part of their family. I watched their fish camp grow and them prosper and enjoy life. Denia would head out to cast for shrimp to have bait for the customers or dinner for family. I grew up with my mom Renée towing my boat to Henry’s at “The Steel Bridge” to be hoisted into the river to fish, water ski, wake board, or just boat ride to Mingledorff’s Island to visit the caretaker. I would always have one or two of my buddies. Mr. Henry would always ask where we were going. He and Mrs. Denia treated us all as if we were their kids. I cannot go over that bridge without having warm memories of my moments with Mr. Henry and Mrs. Denia.
    Rest In Peace my friend. Safe Travels. Fair Winds and Flowing Seas in your next journey.

  3. Jason Gambol says:

    Sorry for your loss loss. Mr. Henry was a great man. I will always remember him taking me on a motorcycle ride, on his three wheel trike. Praying for you guys.


  4. Greg Burch says:

    My parents moved to Isle of Hope 65 years ago. I was almost 3. When I was just old enough to venture out on my own, I remember going to Tuten’s
    many times to play on the swings with 3 little girls.
    I was too young to really understand Leukemia, but I do remember getting there one day and the little blonde haired girl with blue eyes was gone. Denia explained. All I knew was that it was very sad.
    Tuten’s Fish Camp was part of Isle of Hope history just as much as Newton’s Grocery, Blissett’s Market, Barbee’s Pavillion, and the marina near Barbee’s.
    Henry worked hard and enjoyed his motorcycle.
    He and Denia treated their customers like family.
    I will always miss the visits to Tuten’s. There was no place like it and no people like Henry and Denia.
    I hope Denia and the family are at peace knowing that Henry had a long life and now he is at rest in Heaven with my little blonde haired buddy.
    Greg Burch

  5. Bruce Tuten says:

    While I never meet Henry, I found we are related so I wish I had made his acquaintance. Often I have been asked if I was related to the people at “Tuten Fish Camp” and my response was I don’t know. Now I do, we are related through our great grandfather George Washington Tuten married to Hannah Martha Deloach, and we are related through the John and Mary Mixson family.

    From reading the messages from friends on this page you can tell he was great man in many lives. Wish I had know him.

  6. Carolyn Beebe says:

    Denia and family,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Henry was such a nice man. Use to stop but on his three wheel motorcycle to visit with us on his rides past our house. Have missed seeing him for a while. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. L. Machelle Jones Hensley says:

    Some of my fondest memories from my childhood include days spent with Uncle Henry and Aunt Denia. Uncle Henry gave me my first motorcycle ride. I loved him and still do very much. He was always a calming soul. My thoughts Prayers Love and sympathies go out to all.

  8. Wayne and Julie Blackburn says:

    It is with deep respect and a heavy heart that we send our condolences to the family of Mr. Henry Tuten. If there was a man who personified the character of a southern gentleman, it was him. He was not a man who stood out in a crowd yet if you were ever graced by his presence, you would never forget him. He was a kind soul who never met a stranger. Of what little time I spent with him, his gentle spirit would embrace your heart and leave you feeling with a sense of self-worth. I never heard him utter an unkind word. Even in dealing with an unruly customer, he would smile and weather the storm as a seasoned sailor would a raging sea. I knew he loved to play the violin, ride his motorcycle, and sparkled when he spoke of his wife and daughters. He worked diligently seven days a week (two jobs when I knew him) to provide the very best he could for his family. If there is anything that can be taken from knowing Mr. Tuten, it would be his unassuming humility that came so naturally. It was this character trait that exemplified what and how men should conduct themselves. All of us are influenced by individuals as our lives progress, whether it be good or bad. This much I believe I can say without even trying. I am a better person for having known this man and am grateful for the time he took to spend with me. Take care Mr. Tuten and God bless.

  9. Joan Hester Byrd says:

    I will always remember Henry’s sweet smile and demeanor when you saw him. He made you feel very special. That sweet smile will be missed. Comfort and Love to “Denia” and Family.

  10. Cherie Gresham says:

    I’d like to send hugs, prayers and condolences to Mrs. Tuten, Cheryl and the whole family… I’ve read what other folks have written, there is always so much you don’t know about folks when you see them occasionally.
    May God bless and keep you.
    May the wonderful memories you have, carry you through the tough moments to come.

  11. Mike and Carolyn Jennelle says:

    Ginger and family,

    We know Mr. Tuten through the love and dedication you have shown him as long as we have known you. He was well loved and his life was lived to the fullest. Caring for your parents is so admirable as they cared for you, gave you a great life and taught you so much. Mr. Tuten’s legacy lives on in you all and soon will live through his great grandson. A cherished life who will be missed greatly. Always remember all the times you shared – good or bad. They are what will live on forever. May God give you peace and comfort at this time and in the days to come.

    Love you all.

  12. Buddy Bacon says:

    Denia and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I spent many hours as a young boy with Henry and Denia at the fishing camp assisting with launching boats and just helping out. Growing up on Isle of Hope it was a very special place to spend the days. Henry was a kind, hard working individual that worked long hours to keep the business running. My fondest memory of Henry was his always saying “turn the little handle” as we launched the boats. The fishing camp will always be remembered as a part of Isle of Hopes history thanks to the Tuten family. God bless you all.

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