Joe James (Jim) Ingram Jr.
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Joe James (Jim) Ingram, Jr.

September 19, 1922 - November 12, 2015


Joe James (Jim) Ingram, Jr. departed this life on Thursday, November 12. Jim was a positive person who never said an unkind word about anyone and looked at the circumstances of his life as blessings. Jim was a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather, and he received much love and grace in return.

The only child of Joseph James Ingram and Willie Blanche Asher Ingram of Atlanta, Georgia, Jim spent his childhood years in Atlanta and Madison, Georgia. He attended Boys High and Georgia Tech. During World War II, he served in the U. S. Army Air Corps as a flight instructor for B-25 bomber pilots before graduating from Georgia Tech.

After graduation, Jim earned an MSEE degree at Purdue University and began a distinguished engineering career at the Endicott, New York labs of IBM. At IBM, Jim played central roles in the development of the company's early computers. In his early career, he was engineering project manager for the IBM 1401, which became the company's most successful computer through the early 1960s. Jim worked on pioneering data communications systems at IBM Nordic Labs, in Stockholm, Sweden, and at San Jose, California before moving to Raleigh in 1966. At the IBM Raleigh lab, Jim joined the team that developed IBM's retail store systems and worked in that organization until retiring in 1987.

Jim was an avid tennis player and competed at local and state tournaments well into his 80s. He was a devoted fan of college sports, especially Georgia Tech.

For almost 50 years, Jim was an active member of Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, where he served as a deacon and elder, and in other leadership roles. He participated in a landmark conference sponsored by North Carolina State University that sought to foster the common interests and goals of science and religion, and in many other ways tried to bring his Christian ideals into his work and friendships to help make a better world. His church family brought him great joy and numerous friendships.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Margaret Ruth Ingram. He is survived by his daughters, Kathryn Ann Ingram of San Francisco, California and Rebecca Ingram Cameron of Roswell, Georgia, and by his son, James Harrison Ingram and daughter-in-law, Patricia Margaret Reid, of Raleigh. He has three grandchildren, Timothy McMillan Cameron and Raymond Patterson Cameron III of Washington, DC, and William Bracy Ingram of Houston, Texas.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life on Monday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church. A visitation will follow the service. His burial service will be held on Saturday, November 21, at Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery near Eatonton, Georgia.

The family requests that no flowers be given; instead, donations to Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4921 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609, or to a favorite charity are deeply appreciated.

Funeral arrangements are through Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Raleigh and Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton, Georgia.

Published in The News & Observer on Nov. 15, 2015.
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November 21, 2015
Kate, Jim, and son, Jim Ingram at the anniversary of the 1401
November 16, 2015
We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved Dad and Grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this sad time.
Lonnie and Patty Dodson and family Marietta, Ga
Lonnie and Patty Dodson
November 16, 2015
To Jim's Family: Jim was my very first manager's manager of Dept. 280 when I started with IBM in 1956. I have been visiting Jim in Raleigh with Chuck Branscomb every year for the last 6 years. I will miss him. ----- Jud

Justin H. (Jud) McCarthy
251 SW 9th Ave
Boca Raton, FL 33486
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November 16, 2015
We are all so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. We remember the bright smiles and conversations and stories, as next door neighbor to our "Nana" as we were growing up. He also has been a great neighbor at Brighton Gardens. His smiles always lifted the spirits of all he met. He will be missed!
Kim, Craig, and Brian Cadwallader
November 16, 2015
To Jim, Kate and Becky
Bruce and I send our sincere condolences to you. Bruce and Jim carpooled together to Bld. 602 for many years and later we were all walking partners. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend, impressive and kind. I am so sorry I will not be able to come to the memorial service today. Bruce is now bedridden and this afternoon we have the Hospice doctor and nurse coming for a house visit. May God give you comfort and give rest to Jim's soul.
Helen McCallum
November 16, 2015
So Sorry for your loss. May the GOD of all comfort help you and your fanily in this time of sorrow PSALMS 29:11
November 15, 2015
Jim was my first boss's boss at IBM from 1959-61. He was a wise and kind man. a good boss, and a true gentleman. It was a pleasure to see him again in a different format at the 1401 50th reunion.
John Pokoski
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