Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Grandaddy Tom

Grandaddy Tom died on January 24th, 1986.

Here is his obituary:

Thomas Hardy Ingram, 96, of 1018 Deluca Street, died suddenly Friday, January 24, at his home.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McDougald Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Lewis McLean.

Burial was in Hillside Memorial Park with his grandsons, Glynn Ingram, Lynn Ingram, Larry Ingram, Robert Ingram, Jr., Richard Ingram and Tommy Fuller serving as pallbearers.

Born November 3, 1889 in Stokes County, NC, he was a son of the late James Ingram and Minnie Gann Ingram.  He was a watchman for Morgan Mills until his retirement in 1963.

Survivors include his wife, Ida Ruth Carpenter Ingram; four sons, Robert Ingram of Ellerbe, Johnny Creed Ingram and Joe Mac Ingram of Laurinburg, and Billy Ingram of Wagram; three daughters, Luvie Morgan of Vass, Dorothy Varner of Greensboro, and Louise Hayes of Ocean Isle; two brothers, Jack Ingram and Raymond Ingram of Winston-Salem; five sisters, Maggie Dalton of Greensboro, Eunice Bowman and Idell Bowman of Walnut Cove, Mince Ingram and Pearl Ingram of Pittsburgh, PA; 18 grandchildren; 23 great. grandchildren; and 5 great great grandchildren.

Sandy and I used this obituary to start our journey to find my ancestors.  In 1986, we went to find Grandma's grave site and visit the church where Daddy grew up. 

As noted, there are references to Greensboro, Walnut Cove and Winston-Salem.  In 1998, we decided to strike out for Walnut Cove and try to find Idell Bowman, one of Granddaddy's sisters.  Along the way, we also decided to find the church where Granddaddy's father and mother were buried.  Once we found the church, we really had no idea where we would go from there but as it turned out, we worked our way all the way to Franklin County, VA where we discovered our ancestor, Alexander Ingram.  He lived near  Roanoke, VA in the 1700's.  I'll provide more information about him as we continue the journey.

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