Perry M. Tilghman Pastor of A.M.E. church


Services for the Rev. Perry M. Tilghman, pastor of the Evergreen African Methodist Episcopal Church in Southwest Baltimore, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church, Collington Avenue and Hoffman Street.

Mr. Tilghman, who was 71, died Thursday of cancer at his home on Winchester Street.

He was pastor at Evergreen for about eight years after serving Mount Olive A.M.E. Church in Fruitland for 10 years.

He was previously pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Easton and had served Trinity Church, where the services will be held, for about 12 years. Mr. Tilghman was also pastor of the Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Wheaton and the Oak Street A.M.E. Church in Baltimore.

A native of Chestertown, he was a graduate of Kittrell (N.C.) College and earned a master of divinity degree from Howard University. He was ordained in 1943.

He was a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Ministerial Alliance, the Board of Examiners of the Baltimore A.M.E. Conference, and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.

He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Kittrell College.

Mr. Tilghman was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sybil Walden; a son, Perry M. Tilghman Jr. of Baltimore; four sisters, Alice Daniels of Baltimore, Florence Dorsey of Chestertown, Faye Jackson of Washington and Neeka Combs of New York City; and a granddaughter.

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