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Celebrating the life of

Frank Tatum Kehoe

April 06, 1957 - March 28, 2023

Frank Tatum Kehoe

Frank Tatum Kehoe, 65, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on March 28, 2023. He was born in Savannah, Georgia on April 6th, 1957. Frank grew up on the creeks and rivers of Isle of Hope fishing and exploring to his heart’s content with his brothers Billy and Joe. He was one of three boys and spent his childhood and adult years cruising the intracoastal waterways.

Frank attended Savannah Country Day School, where he was the star corner back during his years on the football team and a lightning runner on the track. Savannah Country Day School also played another important role in Frank’s life, as that is where he met the love of his life, Julie. From there, he attended Auburn University and remained a devoted “Tiger” for all his days.

He traveled the world with his family and friends. He most often reflected on his travels through Alaska and Canada with his dear friend, Joey Doolan. Frank also found himself exploring the beautiful landscapes and bustling cities of England, Ireland, the South of France, Northern Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and more.

Through all his travels, though, there was nothing Frank loved more than living by the tides and enjoying life to the fullest with the devoted crew of “The Green Boat”, a restored U.S. Navy Lifeboat crewed by his best friends Hobie Manley, Jimmy Haynes, and Joey Doolan. The crew took the boat down to the Bahamas on its maiden voyage, only to break down in Palm Beach. A snafu on the water was no problem for Frank though, his joyful demeanor and ease of being held his spirits high through any challenge he faced.

Frank absolutely cherished his loving wife, Julie, and his beautiful daughters, Taylor, and Tatum. He spent many days on the water sharing the joys of the lowcountry with his family. He adored being “Papa” to his grandchildren and watching them grow up.  

Frank had a rich Irish heritage, and was a proud member of the Hibernian Society of Savannah.

Frank is preceded in death by his grandfather, William J. Kehoe, Sr. and father, William J. Kehoe, Jr.  He is survived by his wife, Julie Estus Kehoe, his two daughters, Taylor Kehoe Thurber (Cale) and Tatum Kehoe McDowell (Malcolm), his grandchildren Kathryn Quinn Thurber and Jhett Ernest Thurber. He is also survived by his mother, Sara Elizabeth Kehoe, two brothers William J. Kehoe III (Emily) and Joseph Daniel Kehoe (Liz), sisters in law Sally Estus Payne (Ross) and Mary Kent Buttimer (Stephen), along with many loving nieces and nephews.

Even through illness in his later years, his smile, strength and his love for his wife, daughters and grandchildren never faded. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Frank and Julie would especially like to thank Rebecca, Frank’s dialysis nurse, for her hard work, kindness, and dedication, but most of all her friendship.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2023 in the Catholic Cemetery with Rev. Joe Smith officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Memorial Children’s Hospital, Bridge Hospice, or charity of your choice.

Bridge Hospice, 119 Canal Street, Suite 103, Pooler, GA 31322

Memorial Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404

St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations, 5356 Reynolds Street, Suite 400, Savannah, GA 31405




So very sorry to hear this news. Wishes for peace and grace to his family. So long, Frank.

- Mac Gordon, Roswell, GA

With love and prayers, we are here for you during this difficult time.

- Emily and Fred Trust, Savannah, GA

Julie and family, Hobie and I are here for you for anything, any time. We will always cherish the “Frank and Hobie “stories. May happy memories bring all of you comfort. Love, Terri and Hobie

- Hobie Manley, Savannah, Ga

Frank was without a doubt a once In a lifetime character ! Never In my life did I have a friend who just loved life and enjoyed it more than he did . He will be dearly missed by all that knew him, but oh, what wonderful memories .

- Jeff Fitzpatrick, Gainesville, GA

So sorry to hear about Frank. Julie, you and your family are in our prayers.

- Stephanie and Ronnie Lusk , Savannah , GA

Condolences and Prayers for Frank's family. May he Rest In Peace. God's Blessings, Coach McClatchy!

- Coach Tolly McClatchy 812-204-5376, Mt Vernon, IN

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Julie, I was so sorry to hear about Frank…you two are forever “alive in my mind” my thoughts and prayers are so very much with you and your family. Joey has kept me up with all ….and my heart is sooo very sad for this news… with love…sympathy…and fond memory! Caroline Ellis Pennington

- Caroline Ellis Pennington, SULLIVANS IS, SC

Julie, I am thinking of you and Taylor and Tatum, Frank's Mom, and all the family. Wishing you all God's grace and comfort during this difficult time, and sending my love to you all.

- Caroline Switzer Verner, Savannah, GA

Julie, thinking of you and your girls during this time, praying for you and all of your family!❤️

- Val Bowers, Savannah, GA

Julie, I am heartbroken for you and your girls. I pray that so many memories of happier times will come flooding in during this difficult time. Sending prayers up for you and your family.

- Carolyn Grantham, Savannah, GA

I am so sorry for your loss, Julie. I will be praying for you and your girls as you navigate the days ahead. Much love to you all.

- Wendy Mahoney, Savannah, GA

I am so sorry for your loss. Frank’s smile lit up a room and he was able to make all those around him smile too. Please know we are here for support in the coming days

- Gretchen Barnes , Savannah, GA

Julie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

- Nancy Montford, Savannah, GA

Julie, Tatum and Taylor - I'm so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to all of you

- Karen Franz, Iowa City, IA

Oh Julie I’m so sorry for your loss, I will be praying for you and your precious family. May God wrap His loving arms around you giving you comfort and peace!

- Susan Laros, Byhalia, MS

So sorry to hear about Frank. Words cannot express my thoughts, but let happy memories sustain you during this sad time.

- Sarah Hardee Nichols, Candler, NC

So sorry for your loss. He was such a kind and fun individual. He will be greatly missed by all. Many prayers to the family.

- Anne Bone, savannah, Ga

Wishing the Kehoe family peace, comfort, and love at such a sad time. God bless you all and Mr. Kehoe.

- Jeff Fitzpatrick, Jr. , Savannah, Georgia

We will all miss Frank. To the entire Kehoe Family our thought and Prayers are with you always. Sincerely Richard and Cindy

- Richard D Moore and Cindy R. Moore, Savannah, GA

Julie, I am so sorry to hear of Frank’s death. My heartfelt condolences. He was truly a Southern Gentleman. I know Paul adored Frank. I hope they are together in heaven. I will keep you and the family in my prayers. All my love, Mary

- Mary Pilote(Storz), North Palm Beach, FL

Our deepest sympathies to the Kehoe family. Many thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ~ Jeanne & Guerry

- Mr. & Mrs. Guerry Conrade, Savannah, GA

Much love and prayers to the Kehoe family. Mr. Frank always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. He will truly be missed by all.

- Kathryn Fitzpatrick Olmstead , Athens, Georgia

Julie: My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I have some great memories from high school spending time trying to get in trouble with Frank and the guys. He will be missed.

- Malcolm Butler, Bluffton, SC

I'm so sorry to hear this news. Savannah is blessed with the Kehoe family. Frank was a man who loved his family and loved life. I will be praying for all of you. This is the best time of year to enter heaven. Holy week and Easter. God bless all of you. Amen.

- O.C.Welch III, Savannah, Ga.

Frank and his family have been friends of mine for close to 40plus years and I have worked closely with his wife Julie for more than 15 years. He was a good man with a dynamic positive attitude and enjoyed life to the fullest. Unfortunately his last few years were difficult and his wonderful wife Julie was always there for him. God Speed Sir!

- Ted Clarke, Savannah, Georgia

Julie and family, Billy and Joe - my family and I send our love and deepest condolences to you from the UK. I am heartbroken by the news. Frank was an amazing character, and someone who lived life to the fullest and always took care of his family and friends. We shared such fantastic adventures on the Isle of Hope and on the infamous voyage of 'The Green Boat.' Frank will never forgive me for running the boat onto a sand bank before we even departed the Skidaway River! I have eternally positive and funny memories of Frank, and will always picture him with that mischievous grin and irrepressible sense of adventure. God bless you and the entire family as you celebrate his life.

- Jim and Sarah Haynes, Walton on Thames, Surrey, UK

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He always came in to share his wit and have an iced tea in “his spot”with me at Driftaway. He will be missed ❤️ my condolences

- Shannon Warren, Savannah, GA

Julie and family; Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you all.

- Bob & Bonnie Dixon, Savannah, Ga.

Our love and prayers go out to you all. Hold on to those memories and he will always be with you.

- Mark and Ellen Fulkerson, Tybee Island , GA

Thank you Frank for all of the great memories. I never laughed so hard! God bless you and your family.

- Stephen Lange III, Savannah , GA

Enjoyed many hours on the golf course with Frank…always friendly to all!

- Terry Babylon, Savannah, Ga

Great memories of Frank boating, at SCDS and Auburn. We will miss you #41 War Eagle

- Joe Holloman, Dadeville , AL

Julie I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your husband. I am sending love, prayers and hugs to you and your family.

- Fran McAleer, Savannah , GA

I am so sorry to hear of Frank's passing, I had spent many years working with the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

- David Pinckney , Rincon , Ga

Dear Billy, Please accept my heart felt sympathy for your loss. Allison

- Allison Brennan Yeoman, Baltimore , Maryland

I am very sorry to hear of frank's passing. He was a proud Savannah Irishman through and through and will me missed by all that had the peasure of meeting him.

- Jack Fitzgerald - Twin Forks Farm, Nevils, GA

Frank was the nicest guy and great business man,he always gave me and my family his time and advice regarding St Andrews and equipment for our company.Always friendly and would do anything for all around him.He will be missed.RIP

- Ramsey H Khalidi, Savannah, GA

Sorry to her of the passing of a fellow Hibernian, especially of the same age group as me. I am a non-resident member and an Army Brat, born in Savannah, but old lived there for at most a few months at a time on visits as a kid and before and after service in the Army. The Kehoe family name was a familiar one even to such an infrequent visitor.

- Terry Powers, Springfield, Virginia

Julie, what a great journey you two have had! So good to read the memories of all he touched. Takes me back to lots of fun times shark hunting and the yacht club. Please know I’m thinking of you today and in the days ahead. You are a rock for your family but please take care of yourself.

- Louise Bolling Collins, Alexandria , VA

Julie & family, Johnny & I were so very sorry to hear of Frank's passing. We have fond memories of our time as neighbors on Dutch Island. Many prayers that your memories will sustain you!

- Debbie Mamalakis, Savannah, Georgia

Deepest Condolences to the families.

- Anne and Barry Cobb, Guyton, Ga.

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel