James Alan Tilghman Sr.

April 11, 1954March 29, 2011

James Alan Tilghman Sr. April 11, 1954 – March 29, 2011

James Alan Tilghman Sr. was born to SSGT. Brice M. and Maria (Johnson) Tilghman Sr. at Travis Air Force Base and passed away March 29, 2011 in Merced, California at the age of 56 years.

James attended Merced High School, and was a football star for the Merced Bears from 1969-1973. He was employed by the City of Merced as a truck driver for 19 years. He also enjoyed farming in Oregon.

James was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce (Kirk) Tilghman; parents, SSGT. Brice M. and Maria (Johnson) Tilghman; and brother, Brice M. Tilghman Jr.

He is survived by his life companion, Donna Guncar; children, James A. Tilghman Jr., Jennifer A. Tilghman, Jeremy A. Tilghman and Jasmin A. Tilghman; brother, Thomas J. Tilghman Sr., USN (Ret).; 8 grandchildren; stepmother, Celia Tilghman; and 2 stepsisters, Francis Johnson and Tamara Carson.

A Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home. Bless you All!

Arrangements under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, Merced, CA.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 13, 2011

James Alan Tilghman Sr.

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danielle evans

April 15, 2011

rest in peace you are my best friends dad and i know she loves you very much!

Charles Davis

April 10, 2011

May your memories grow fonder as the years pass and the lives you touch will always last. God Bless u James, u will be missed.

Roger Williams& Family

April 9, 2011

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Stratford Evans Funeral Chapel

April 5, 2011

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.