T. Clyde Tilghman, III

March 15, 1942 - May 28, 2020

Norfolk- T. Clyde Tilghman, III, affectionately known as “Bubba”, passed peacefully and comfortably with his family on the afternoon of Thursday May 28th, 2020.

Bubba was born in Wilson, North Carolina to Theodore Clyde Tilghman, Jr. and Gwendolyn Brown Tilghman. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Debbie Foreman Tilghman, their son Wesley Tilghman, his son Gary Tilghman and Gary’s mother Katie Hope. He is also survived by his loving sisters Nancy T. Singleton of King, North Carolina, Susan T. Hawthorne (Steve) of Lafayette, Indiana, and many other cousins, nieces, and nephews whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his loving sister Barbara T. Saunders (Raymond) of Grafton, Virginia.

Bubba was a retired pipefitter, and a 50 plus year member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 110. He was active in the Willoughby Civic League, and was a member of the Corinthian Lodge #266.

Growing up in Norfolk, VA on Willoughby Spit, Bubba had a deep-rooted affinity for the water, a love that he instilled and passed down to his sons. As a boy, he worked the fishing boats, ran the sand hills, and trudged the mud flats. He was a great fan of George Jones and Elvis Presley, but nothing made him happier than listening to his son, Wesley, perform.

Bubba was a gentle spirit and possessed a smile that would make anyone’s day brighter. Always quick with a kind word, and never short on time to help those in need, he was well loved and well respected. A friend to everyone he met, he will be greatly missed. We will all love you forever.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

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Shirley & Bobby Starke
1 month ago

Debbie & family: We are so sorry to hear of Bubba’s recent passing.He was such a kind & sweet person,always smiling.We will miss getting together with him & the other Willoughby/Ocean View/Bayview friends at Golden Corral on Wednesdays. Hopefully your happy memories of good times together will sustain you through this sad time. We look forward to celebrating his life with you soon. Bob & Shirley

Don williams
1 month ago

Rose went to school from first grade with Bubba, but then she called him Clyde. We were thrilled to get to know Debbie and always loved running into them or going to listen Wesley sing. Sitting with them was a joy and the music was great. There was always a special song for his daddy, Debbie mad sure!

Our hearts are with you and we pray for peace in your soul.

Don and Rose

Jim Crowley
1 month ago

Bubba and I went to Granby Hi School together. Then when I got out of service in the sixties, we both worked for Honeywell for a long time. Actually, in many respects, Bubba tanght me a lot about HVAC pneumatic controls. Bubba, you were good people and we all will miss you. RIP brother, you earned it.

Judy Bell Musacchio
1 month ago

I’ve known Bubba since childhood in Willoughby. I’ll always remember that sweet babyfaced boy with a kind and gentle manner…upon retiring to Willoughby, I found that this kind man never changed. I’m so sorry for your loss but there’s no doubt you have wonderful memories of your husband, father and friend.

Rachel Pitt
1 month ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Wesley is our neighbor and we think the world of him. We love Willoughby Spit, also.
Rachel and Harry Pitt

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