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Rose & Graham Funeral Home, Four Oaks
Thursday September 30th, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am

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Funeral Service

Rose & Graham Funeral Home Chapel, Four Oaks, NC
Thursday September 30th, 2021
11:00am

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Colonel (Retired) Earl Ingram

Our nation called upon him to lead a platoon through the Battle of Bulge in World War II, and later to command a battalion in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, but this week the young infantryman from North Carolina, was called to his final resting place after 99 years of a life in service to our nation’s greater ideals.

Colonel (Retired) Earl Ingram departed in peace to his savior on September 27th in Pinehurst. Earl, born in 1922, is the last remaining sibling of eight children born to Jesse and Lena Ingram in Four Oaks.

Before World War II, Earl deployed to Newfoundland where he met the prettiest girl in St. John’s. Marjorie Churchill became the love of his life. Earl and Marjorie enjoyed 72 years of marriage before her passing in 2015

Earl Ingram is survived by their three children Earl II (Rebecca), Judy (Richard) Hicks, and Susan (Michael) Schacht five grandchildren (Earl Ingram III, Christopher Ingram, Adam Hicks, Rachel Hicks, and Jessica Schacht). The boy who began farming with a horse and buggy in Four Oaks lived long enough to drive each of his nine great-children in a tractor around his farm in Pinehurst.

Colonel Ingram was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, where he earned the Combat Infantryman with second award and four Bronze Stars (two with “Valor” award). He was a Platoon Leader in L Company, 38th Infantry, Second Infantry Division from the Battle of the Bulge 1944 across Germany to the liberation of Pilsen in 1945. In Korea, Colonel Ingram served as Executive Officer of 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment. In 1965, Colonel Ingram commanded 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Air Mobile). “Task Force Ingram'' participated in breaking the siege of Plei Me Special Forces Camp; the opening skirmish of the Battle of Ia Drang. Colonel Ingram retired from the Army in in 1974 while serving in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC.

Over the last 25 years of his life, Earl travelled annually to Europe for the annual Pilsen Liberation Festival to commemorate the end of World War II. Earl cherished the many friends he made in the Czech Republic and looked forward to seeing them each year.

The service for Earl Ingram will be held at Rose & Graham Funeral Home Chapel in Four Oaks, N.C. on Thursday, September 30 at 11:00 am, with burial to follow in a family plot at Dicey-Dunn Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Matt Fry.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Four Oaks.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Beulah Hill Christian Church of Four Oaks Building Fund.

Condolences may be sent to the family at roseandgraham.com.
Arrangements by Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Four Oaks, NC.


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i my self do not know earl, but felt the need to say thank you earl and the family for your sacrifice & service over the years for our great armed service's & country ! god bless each and everyone of you!

alton penny Nov 26 2021 9:11 PM

Earl's life was such an example to our family. He took the time to not only share his life but wanted to know about yours as well. Earl is my first cousin as his Mother, Lena, and my Father, Lassie, are siblings. His life has left a sweet fragrance for my personal family. Dorothy Jean, Dianna, Cynthia, David, and Jonathan Popa. May our Lord give your family his peace.

Dorothy Jean Johnson Popa Oct 2 2021 5:57 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Colonel (Retired) Earl Ingram

Dorothy Jean Johnson Popa Oct 2 2021 5:49 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Colonel (Retired) Earl Ingram

Butch & Deborah Turner Sep 30 2021 6:50 AM

So thankful for his example of kindness and willingness to invest time into future generations. He has been a wonderful influence on my life...Condolences to all Cousin Earl's family, ...

Cousin Dianna Sep 29 2021 10:15 PM

Roger always looked up to Uncle Earl and was so proud of all his accomplishments. He was the patriarch of the family for many years. He will be greatly missed.
Roger ,Ann and Blair Stanley, Dawn and Steve Benbow and family

Roger and Ann Stanley Sep 29 2021 5:29 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Colonel (Retired) Earl Ingram

Maureen & Chuck Prettyman Sep 29 2021 1:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Colonel (Retired) Earl Ingram

Emily McHugh Sep 29 2021 12:20 PM

Although we were distant cousins, I was never privileged to meet Colonel Ingram. He was a nephew of my fraternal Grandmother Martha Ann Ingram Massengill. I grew up in Four Oaks, among many of the Ingram family, but Colonel Ingram was away in the military when I came along. I was born in 1940, the youngest of six children of Archie Massengill, a first cousin of Colonel Ingram. Gladys, my oldest sibling talked about Earl in conversation because she and Earl were a generation ahead of me. My wife and I are remembering Colonel Ingram's family in our prayers during this time of loss.

Chaplain Rufus and Martha Massengill, United States Air Force, Retired Sep 28 2021 6:16 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Earl\'s passing. He was a wonderful human being who I know was dearly loved my many. I remember he and I talking about his times during the war, and many fun times and adventures with he and Marjorie in Newfoundland. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. My deepest condolences to the entire family. He was always a gentleman and I am remembering him fondly.

Elizabeth MacDonald Sep 28 2021 6:09 PM

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