Deacon Milton James Ingram Jr., 75, was born in Wilkesboro, N.C., on May 16, 1948, to the late Milton James Ingram and Ruby Helena Hunt Ingram. He departed this life on Sunday, December 24, 2023, at Gordon Hospice House of Iredell County.

Milton was a 1968 graduate of Lincoln Heights High School in Wilkesboro, N.C. That was the last senior high school class of 1968, a very special group of friends that remain close to this day. He attended A & T State University in Greensboro, N.C. He was affectionately know as Jimmy by his family and friends. He was a devoted member of St. John’s Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, chairperson of the finance committee and was on the Men’s Choir and a Sunday School teacher. Prior to his retirement, he worked at ASMO of North Carolina, Kmart, Lowe’s, and Goodwill Industries. He was an avid reader, loved motorcycles, vintage cars, stock cars, and Indy racing, and bowling. He was on a bowling team, and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He was married for 38 years to the love of his life, Grace P. Huggins Ingram.

Jimmy leaves to cherish the memory of his life his loving and devoted wife, Grace Pamela Ingram of the home; one daughter, Kaitlyn Janine Ingram of Cary, N.C.; two sisters, Carol Annette Ingram (Zaphon) Wilson of Savannah, Ga., and Carrie Denise Ingram of Charlotte; his mother-in-law, Emma Jean Morrison Huggins of Statesville, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Rhonda Jean Huggins (Billy) Williams of Statesville, N.C.; a brother-in-law, Flake Charles (Courtney) Huggins Jr. of Mooresville, N.C.; five nephews, Kevin (Jessica) Wilson of Atlanta, Ga., Rev. Marcus (Detra) Williams Sr. of Hickory, N.C., Christopher Williams of Statesville, N.C., and Rylin C. Huggins and Noah Huggins of Mooresville, N.C.; two nieces, Ada (Matthew) Walker of Omaha, Neb., and Emily R. Huggins of Mooresville, N.C.; a dear friend, Paul (Betty) Robinson of Wilkesboro, N.C.; and a host of other relatives, church family and friends.

Celebration of Life services will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023, at St. John’s Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Reverend Burrel Brooks will be officiating the service. Visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. at the church, and burial will follow in the Belmont Cemetery.

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Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Ingram family.

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