Luther Thomas Ingram, 69, departed this life at 12:00 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2007, after a long and courageous battle with diabetes and kidney disease. He was born Nov. 30, 1937, in Jackson, Tenn., to Richard Lee and Callie Ingram. He attended public school in Jackson, Tenn., and Alton, Ill. He accepted Christ at an early age and attended the family church, Walnut Grove Baptist located in Jackson. Luther's family recognized his love for music at about two or three years of age when his mother, dad and older brothers Archie and Richard couldn't sit him down during church service when he heard the music and the singing.
Growing up with music all around him and gifted with the same talent as his mother and her brothers who sang in quartets at churches in their town, Luther's love for singing became an integral part of him. Completing his education after the family's arrival in Alton Ill., he went to work for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company for approximately the next decade, but, his love for his music would not be squelched by his work and he became a part of a quartet including his two brothers and two other family friends. He quickly became the feature lead singer and was known in the area as one of the most talented and prolific young singers in the region.
While pursuing his singing career, Luther was united in holy matrimony to Jacqueline Langford in 1961. They are the parents of two sons, Kenneth and Eric Luther.
Luther was preceded in death by his father, Richard Lee Ingram; sister, Georgia Lee; and brother, Allie B.; and grandparents.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 46 years, Jacqueline of O'Fallon, Ill.; their sons, Kenneth (Rochelle) Ingram of Centreville, Ill., and Eric Luther (Linda) Ingram of Belleville, Ill.; his mother, Mrs. Callie Ingram of Alton, Ill.; Mrs. Rose Langford of Centerville, Ill.; five brothers, Archie (Dorothy) Ingram, Richard (Beatrice) Ingram, and Jessie (Sherlene) Ingram all of Alton, Ill., Frank (Karen) of Victorville, Calif., and Thomas (Barbara) of Alton, Ill.; one sister, Daisy (Pennington) McGee of Chicago, Ill.; three grandchildren, Jemar Glen, Kenneth Edward, and James Kobe all of Centreville, Ill.; five great-aunts, Fanny Henry, Norma Walls, Mildred Hill, Susan Weaver and Mary (Sherman, Sr.) Hamilton; three sisters-in-law, Virgie Mae Hudson, Geraldine Scott and Mary (Jesse) Brown; godchildren, Christopher (Venis) Manuel, Debra Reed, Stephanie Lewis, Briana Scott, Stevie (Jessica) Scott, Maurice Scott Jr., and Joseph Bates; longtime brotherns, Bernie (U-Vee) Hayes, Percy Lockett, Donald Dace, John Sanders, Dr. James Logan and Randy Stewart; nieces and nephews; dozens of cousins; a host of friends and associates along with his musical family Stax/KoKo of Memphis Tenn.
Musical Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2007, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2235 Bond Ave., East St. Louis, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral Service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2007, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, East St. Louis, Ill.
M.E. OFFICER FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2007.