Joseph R. Tilghman

Joseph R. Tilghman

Norfolk - Beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Joseph passed away peacefully in his home on February 23, 2014. After a courageous battle with cancer, he now rests in peace.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen B. Tilghman; his two sons and their wives, Joseph C. Tilghman and Laurie Tilghman, and Jason C. Tilghman and Stacey Tilghman; his daughter and her husband, Allyson M. Feder and Jeffrey Feder; and six grand-children, Alex, Brandon, Caitlyn, Isabella, Colton, and Ryan.

Joseph was born in Durham, North Carolina the son of George and Rose Tilghman.

He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War from 1966-1972. In the Navy he was in Photographic Recon Squadron. Joseph then worked for The Virginian-Pilot for 37 years as a typesetter, page layout technician, supervisor of the night composing room and then manager of the ad support/page design team. After retiring from there, he started another chapter in his life and began to work for NASA Langley in Hampton, Virginia until he and his wife decided to fully retire in Huntersville, North Carolina. Joe thoroughly enjoyed NASCAR racing, stock car racing, and fishing. His favorite hobby was knife making. His family thanks the caring staff of Hospice & Palliative Care of Lake Norman.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman 705 Griffith St. Suite 203 Davidson, NC 28036.

A veteran's memorial will be held in Salisbury National Cemetery, 501 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC on March 7 at 1 p.m. Family and friends will gather after the funeral.


Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 2, 2014