Earnest Robert Ingram went home to be with Jesus Monday Morning, June 17, 2019.
Because of the constant care and attention he received from his nursing home staff at Pruitt Health Care in Rome, Georgia, and assisted living staff at Tranquility in Cartersville, Georgia, he lived until well beyond his 92nd birthday.
Prior to the last 5 years at those facilities, he lived in the home he built with his own hands and lived in with the love of his life Constance (Connie) Bailey Ingram for well over 60 years.
He was a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, neighbor, and friend.
Earnest was the son of the late Robert Mathew Ingram and Ollie Mae Grizzle and was preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years and daughter Brenda Joy Ingram Thacker. Earnest is survived by his son Earnest J. (Joe) Ingram, daughter-in-law Emily Ingram, daughter Diane Barnette, son-in-law Larry Barnette, four grandsons Brian and Steve Barnette, Terry Thacker, and Earnest J Ingram, Jr., twelve great-grandchildren, sisters, sister-in-laws, brother, brother-in-laws, and a host of nieces, and nephews.
Earnest and Connie met in the old Goodyear Mill in ATCO during WWII and soon fell in love and married. He served briefly in the Army, as a Private, when he came of age in the final months of WWII. He was a builder of homes, custom cabinets, churches, and church steeples. In addition, he had a special gift of being able to repair or rebuild anything mechanical.
Prior to starting his custom cabinet shop in the early 1970s he worked in the textile and carpet industries as a hydraulic maintenance mechanic. He was a Bass Master and participated in and won fishing tournaments in both Georgia and Alabama. After retiring 30 years ago, he loved spending time with family and sharing his and Connie’s lake retreat on Lake Weiss in Cedar Bluff, AL. He was a lifelong Christian and, as a young deacon at Oak Grove Baptist, sometimes taught Adult Sunday School Classes. For a number of years the last words he would say was “what’s your hurry?” We’re glad he didn’t hurry to be with Jesus and we’re glad to know he is with him now. But he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
A Celebration of Life Service for Earnest will be conducted in the chapel of Owen Funeral Home Friday, June 21, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the chapel of Owen Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Barnette officiating. Interment will follow the service at Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from six o’clock in the evening to eight Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Owen Funeral Home.
Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to leave online condolences for the family.
Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville is honored to serve the Ingram Family in the most difficult of times.