According to the will of Our Heavenly Father , our beloved, Willie Thomas Ingram, entered into a "sleep that knows no awakening" on Saturday, October 23, 2021, while a patient at Union County Hospice House, Monroe, North Carolina. Affectionately known as “Preach”, everyone loved and held him in high esteem. He was born January 25, 1943, in Anson County, North Carolina to the late Webster and Retha Broadway Ingram.
“Preach”, was considered a gentle giant who was kind, loving, and generous with his time. He was often seen driving friends and neighbors to and from doctor visits, grocery shopping and other errands. It is not surprising that when “Preach” fell ill, he had just driven a neighbor to the grocery store. He will be missed, but we are comforted in knowing that ‘‘Preach” is soaring with the Angels and is now in the presence of Our Lord and Savior.
He attended the Anson County public schools and was employed for several years in the textile industry.
“Preach” was a man of faith and began his Christian journey at an early age at Poplar Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Polkton, North Carolina. After moving to Stanly County, North Carolina, he joined Saints Delight Church, Albemarle, North Carolina, under the pastorage of the late Bishop James E. Richardson. He was a faithful member and enjoyed many spirited church services and fellowship with the members. He was a member of the Men’s Day Choir, Adult Choir and other church auxiliaries that needed his assistance. He was an avid Sunday School and Bible Study scholar. ”Preach” loved and embraced his role as welcome address speaker during the Annual Men’s Day Celebrations in which he gave energetic and high-spirited ‘welcomes’ to members and visitors. He will be remembered for singing his favorite song, “It May Be the Last Time”. Remembering his joy and contentment, as he sang this song, brings a smile to our faces.
He is preceded in death by his sweetheart, wife, Jamie Ingram, sisters, Annie Mae Ingram and Mary I. Rushing, and brothers, Hampton, Frank and Floyd Ingram.
Fond and treasured memories will remain in the hearts of his brother, Worthy (Sandra) Ingram, Albemarle, nieces, Tera Howard, Princess Howard, Wadesboro, North Carolina and Kisha Ingram, Rockingham, North Carolina, nephews, Travis Campbell, Wadesboro, Shawn Ingram, Morven, North Carolina, and a host of cousins, the Stanly County Community, and Saint Delight Church family.