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Michael "Mike" Joseph Tilghman

July 11, 1956 ~ May 11, 2019 (age 62)

Michael “Mike” Joseph Tilghman, 62, of Grifton passed away suddenly Saturday, May 11, 2019. Mike was born in Kinston, NC on July 11, 1956 to parents, John David Tilghman, Sr. and Jean Harris Lewis. He was raised and lived all his life in Hugo community of Lenoir county.

Preceded in death by both parents and his sister, Hazel Marie Tilghman Whitfield.

Survived by the love of his life, wife, Frances Humphrey Tilghman of the home; daughter, Laura Leigh Tilghman; son, Michael “ Mikey” Edmund Tilghman (April Martin Tilghman) of Loganville, GA; grandchildren, Sebastian Brian Tilghman, Leland Carter Tilghman, Emmett Grey Tilghman, who were the apples of his eye. His baby girl, “Chloe” who he loved dearly and loved riding golf cart. Sisters, Juanita Moore (Vernon Moore), Gwyne Jarman (Danny Jarman), brothers, John David Tilghman, Jr. (Susie Tilghman), Ronnie Tilghman (Pandora Tilghman) and Lynn Lewis (Trisha Rouse). 

Mike loved his family and his grandsons were his pride and joy, loved hunting, fishing, and just being in his deer stand and love hanging out with his buddies. Mike had a funny quick wit that he shared with so many. He was a devout NASCAR fan! He loved farming and John Deere tractors!

Visitation will be held 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Garner Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Garner Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Harris officiating. Graveside service will follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hugo VFD and Hugo FW Baptist Church.

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