Deaconess Clara Bell Tilghman of Cambridge, MD was born October 27, 1925, in Oglethorpe Georgia to the late Charlie and Martha Walker. She departed this life January 28, 2022 at Chesapeake Woods/Autumn Lake after a brief illness. She was 96 years of age.
She received her education at the public schools of Oglethorpe Georgia. At the age of eighteen she came to Cambridge, MD. She was united in marriage to Deacon Oscar Tilghman of Cambridge, MD on May 30, 1946.
She later join Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Cambridge, MD and became a Deaconess and the President of the Pastor’s Aide and sang with The Shinning Light Choir under the late Rev. John English. She continued to serve under the new name of the church, Greater Mt. Olive Full Gospel Baptist Church as the President of the Pastor’s Aide under the leadership of Bishop Anthony J. Dickerson. There she became a Missionary, a member of the Usher Board, and a member of The Building Fund Committee. She also was a member of the Elks Club (Progressive of Dorchester Temple No. 224 Daughter of I. B. P. O. Of Cambridge, MD) until death. Deaconess Clara Tilghman also was the Co-Founder of Tilghman’s rest home. She was employed by Phillips packing co, Trappe Frozen Food, She did many canning house jobs and later she was employed by Kool’s Ice Seafood Co. until 2019 when she became too ill to work.
She is survived by one brother Thomas Mitchell of Salisbury, MD; Two daughters Valdessia Wright (William) of Cambridge, MD, Carolyn Ennals (Tyrone) of Salisbury, MD; three sons, Clevon Tilghman (Christy) of Cambridge, MD, Sydney Tilghman (De’Shawn) of Cambridge, MD, Arreal Tilghman (Nannell) Cambridge, MD, and 19 grandchildren; William J. Wright El (Audre) of Baltimore, MD, Darius L. Wright El of Baltimore, MD, Shirelle Jackson (Sheldon) of Cambridge, MD, Tonya Ennals and Tyvonia Ennals both of Salisbury, MD, Clevon Tilghman Jr. of Atlanta, GA, Michael Tilghman of North Carolina, Akilah Gale of Easton, MD, Ry’Shaum Tilghman, Joquan Tilghman, Jymarr Tilghman, Maria Cephas, Angeline Bosley (Mark) all of Cambridge, MD. Arreal Tilghman Jr. of Atlanta, GA, Fay Carson of Easton, MD,, Eldridge Ennals and De’Vonta Ennals of Vienna, MD, Fred Ennals Jr. of Cambridge, MD, and Christine Ennals, two sons; who she raised Charles and Gregory Walker and one special niece Annette Newton, A host of grandchildren and great grandchildren
In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three sons, Howard Carson, Eldridge Ennals, Fred Ennals; three brothers, Marvis walker, Charles Walker Sr., Ernest Lee Walker, three sisters, Hazel Grace Walker, Mary Lee walker Matthews, Ileva Dean, two granddaughters, Clarissa Karen Wright and Renee White.