Reverend Edward Ingram

May 11, 1932January 6, 2021

Reverend Edward Ingram was the fourth of 13 children born to the parentage of Herbert and Sarah Ingram on May 11, 1932 in Tennessee Colony (Anderson County), Texas.

His educational pursuits include graduating from Massey Lake High School in 1950, where he played on the varsity basketball and baseball teams. He then continued his schooling at Wiley College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Shortly after graduating from high school, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served 2 years, which included a tour of duty in the Korean War conflict. Upon his honorable discharge from military service, he became gainfully employed and began readjusting to civilian life.

Edward married his high school sweetheart, the former Joy B. Douglas, daughter of Simmie and Willie Douglas of Tennessee Colony, Texas on January 8, 1955. They made their home in the Lake Como community of Fort Worth, Texas. Upon moving to Fort Worth, Edward and his bride joined the Greater Strangers Rest Baptist Church; the late Reverend R. W. West was pastor. He was a member of the Male Chorus as well as becoming especially active in the Baptist Training Union. He later was ordained as a deacon; then he felt the calling to become a minister, preaching his first sermon during the ‘Training Union Hour’ at Greater Strangers Rest, April 12, 1964. Later, with his pastor’s consent and well wishes, Reverend Ingram and his family moved their membership to Pleasant Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Fort Worth, to help assist the newly appointed pastor, Reverend R. L. Sanders, who had also been a member of Greater Strangers’ Rest, and a good friend of Reverend Ingram.

Reverend Ingram and his wife Joy were a loving and devoted couple for more than 47 years. They traveled many places together. His wife always supported him in his ministry until her health began to fail. They were blessed to have 4 daughters, Carolyn, Cynthia, Angela, and Syrena. He later married the former Carolyn Howard in 2008 who has proven to be a true ‘helpmeet’ to him.

Reverend Ingram was called to pastor the Old Bethel Baptist Church, Tennessee Colony, Texas, where he served for 6 years (1965-1971); then he was called to pastor First Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Cleburne, Texas; there he served more than 41 years (1971-2012).

He retired from General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin Corporation after 37 years of loyal employment, which resulted in him being promoted to one of the highest managerial positions awarded to an African-American in his particular field.

He previously served as president of both the Como Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and the East Cleburne Ministerial Alliance; both offices he held for 10 years. Reverend Ingram was Moderator-Emeritus of the Galilee-Griggs Memorial District Association of Baptist Churches after nearly twelve years of service. He was also involved in civic concerns, such as the Lake Como Area Council, where he served as chairman; and was a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The achievements and awards he received were numerous, including being chosen Pastor of the Year by radio station “Heaven ‘97”, KHVN.

Reverend Ingram was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Sarah Ingram, Carlener Shaw Ingram; brothers, Johnny C. Ingram, Jimmie H. Ingram, James O. Ingram, Cetharl Ingram, Charles V. Ingram; sisters, Mary A. Ingram, Nell Olivia Ingram; wife, Joy Ingram; daughters, Syrena Ingram, Carolyn Ingram Walker, Angela Ingram Christian; grandson, Phillip Walker. Reverend Ingram is survived by his wife of more than twelve years, Carolyn Howard Ingram; daughter, Cynthia Ingram Walker Ejiogu (Paulinus); step-son, Rickey Fantroy, Jr.; brothers, William Ingram (Shirley), Cleophas Ingram, Sr. (Hazel), Wayne, Ingram, Sr. (Nell); sisters, Alene Ingram Baker, Annie Ingram Nelson (Henry); grandsons, Edward Walker, Jr. (Montrece), Terrence Walker (Destiny), Jeffrey Walker; eight great-grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends.

Live Streaming: First Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church- Click on the Church Picture. Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM


  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Wake

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Celebration of His Life & Legacy

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, January 16, 2021


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Eddie Douglas

January 17, 2021

Uncle Edward (Pastor Edward Ingram) has been an inspiration and an influence to me most of my life. I was five years of age when he married my biological aunt, Joy Douglas Ingram. As far as I can remember, I came to know both of them at the same time. He was even my Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church during my early teens.

He was such a gracious and loving soul; a great example to emulate.

In Uncle Edwards every day conversations, Jesus the Christ would always be in the forefront of his mind and at the tip of his tongue. I remember at family gatherings, he would always insist on Praying over us for traveling Grace as we dispersed and returned to our respective places of abode.

He united many of us in holy matrimony and eulogized those of us who was called home to be with the Lord. Some of my fondest memories were the Pastor's Anniversary at his second Church, First Mt. Zion, Cleburn, Texas. They were so regal and posh; just over the top. His members loved him so much. They gave him good and perfect gifts, even a brand new Cadillac on one of those occasions. His Church family brought in the most dynamic Preachers and feed the entire congregation with delicious food at the end of worship. And I would like to say that Uncle Edward merited every bit of those expressions of love from his congregation, relative and friends. Finally he was a wonderful father to his children and a great husband to his wives.

Thank you Uncle Edward for a life well lived. You have left a Legacy that will benefit the generations to come. You have blazed a trail that's permanently etched and can't be over grown nor erased.

I thank GOD that HE brought our lives together. Our union blessed me beyond measure.

Eddie H. Douglas

Charese D

January 16, 2021

Uncle Edward was a joy to so many! He married my husband and I over 26 years ago in Palestine, and we were thankful beyond words. May the Lord comfort family and friends here on Earth as he welcomes Uncle Edward in Heaven!

Teresa Erickson

January 16, 2021

Uncle Edward we love you so much. I will miss sending you pictures of me so you could have an idea of what Serena would look like in real time. Thank you for your recent phone call after the loss of my mother in law. Rest in heaven and prepare a place for us with all our loved ones!

Teresa, Wade & Family

Mavis Bryan -Fuller

January 15, 2021

We have always loved and respected Pastor Ingram he was a man that truly had heart for Gods people. We will truly miss him and his encouragement that he shared with us. Mr & Mrs.James Fuller ,Tessa, Raisa

O'Lain Nesby

January 14, 2021

Heaven's Gate is opened wide, to receive the Anointed Man of God, Rev. E. D. Ingram, who has touched many lives.
What a time, what a time, thank God for Pastor Ingram, hallelujah, what a time.
Pastor Ingram was truly a spiritual Pastor, Leader and a Teacher to my family and I in Cleburne at First Mount Zion Baptist Church. Upon his arrival in Cleburne until now, my family and I have always loved and respected the Ingram Family. He will be greatly missed.
Singing Hallelujah , thank God for such, a great time.

With Love,
O'Lain and Erwin, Bobbie and Booker, Byrry and Margaret, Cheryl, David, Darryl, Cherie, Christi and Chantelle and Family

Frances White

January 13, 2021

Pastor Ingram was my Pastor a.long time while I lived in Texas. He baptized my children. Sending love to his family. May the Holy Spirit surround you with peace.