INGRAM, THOMAS FRANKLIN - age 88 of Lenoir City passed away Sunday, September 1, 2013. He was born and raised in Lenoir City. Tom was a 1942 graduate of Lenoir City and attended Tennessee Wesleyan College in the 40's. His education was interrupted when the United States entered W. W. II, at which time he joined the United States Navy as a pilot until wars end. He then returned to Tennessee Wesleyan College to conclude his studies before attending Cumberland School of Law in Lebanon, TN (Samford University) graduating in 1950. Tom was then employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Washington, D.C. Early in the 1950's he gave up that work to move back to Lenoir City and practice law with Daniel & Fowler Law Firm. He was elected as the first General Sessions Judge in Loudon County in 1960 and served until 1982. Following his retirement from General Sessions Judgeship he was appointed City Judge in Lenoir City. Tom was a member of the Lenoir City Rotary Club for over 50 years. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church all his of life beginning with the Cradle Roll in 1925. He served on the Administrative Board and the Board of Trustees. Preceded in death by his parents, C. M. Ingram and Goldie Ingram and most recently, his beloved wife of 65 years, Betty Shell Ingram. He is survived by his daughter, Debby Ingram; son, Tom Ingram, Jr. and wife, DeAnn; granddaughter, Courtney Ingram all of Lenoir City. The family would like to express special gratitude to Stephanie Shell and Debbie Shell for the care and love they have given during Tom's illness. A Celebration of Life will be held from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3rd at the Central United Methodist Church in Lenoir City. A private graveside service for family and close friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in the Lenoir City Cemetery with Rev. Micah Nicolaus. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 301 Hickory Creek Road, Lenoir City, TN 37771. Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements. www.clickfuneralhome.com
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Sept. 3, 2013