Shirley Tilghman

October 9, 1936March 10, 2014
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TRENT WOODS - Shirley Gray Tilghman, 77, of Trent Woods, died March 10, 2014.She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, William and Elva Gaskins, a daughter, Trisha Amonette, and a brother, Eddie Leroy "Phil" Gaskins.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Thomas "T-Bird" Tilghman, one daughter, Sharon T. Arthur and husband James of Trent Woods; grandchildren, Amy Gray Rinehart and husband Bryce of Trent Woods, Keri Elizabeth Arthur of New Bern, Matthew Thomas Amonette of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; and one great-granddaughter, Lila Kate Wright of New Bern.Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Cotten Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in the Gaskins Family Cemetery.

The family would like to thank, Tammy, Claudia and Dr. Fisher with Craven County Home Health & Hospice for their care.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 12, 2014
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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James & Colleen Barton

March 13, 2014

Sharon, James and family, we are so very sorry to hear this news of your dear mother's passing but we know that she is comforted in the presence of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss.

Our prayers are with you now during this time and always.

March 11, 2014

Hi Tommy, I am so sorry to hear about Shirley's passing. A long time ago we had tons of fun at NBGC. My prayers are with you. Bonnie Lackey