Photos contributed by Susan "Susie" Ingram.
Obituary contributed by Sheila Cadwalader.

Kenan Wright Ingram

Obituary pub. Times-Leader December 26, 1935

Kenan Wright Ingram, son of Sewel and Ella Ingram, was born near Macedonia, Ill., Feb. 8, 1852.  He departed his life Monday morning, Dec 23, 1935, aged 83 years, 10 months and 15 days.

He was united in marriage with Laura Josephine Upton on July 29, 1871.  This union was blessed with six children, three of whom preceded him in death.  Those surviving are: Aaron Algernon Ingram of West Frankfort, Luella Morgan of West Fankfort, and Flaurie Eula May Vaughn of Zeigler.

His wife preceded him in death on Dec. 1, 1916.  He was again united in marriage with Esther Hays on Aug. 9, 1918, who survives him.

He professed faith in Christ in early life, and united with the Union Baptist Church, and was the first candidate baptized by the late Elder J. D. Hooker.

He felt the call to the ministry, and on April 17, 1881, at the request of Union Church, a Council met and ordained him to the full work of the Gospel ministry.  The Council was composed of Elders Hosea Vise, C. Y. Allen and J. D. Hooker.

He spent 54 years as an able preacher of the Gospel, and in his best days had few equals as a pulpit preacher.  He held pastorates in some of the best churches, including: County Line, Macedonia, Antioch, Liberty, Mt Zion, Union, Blooming Grove, Delafield, Herrin, Thompsonville, Pinckeyville, Pleasant Grove and others.

He held many evangelistic meetings and baptized about 1500 people.  He also conducted many funerals, and comforted the bereaved. Thus we say a useful and busy life has come to a close.  Only eternity can measure the value of such a life of preaching the Gospel of Christ.

He was a member of the Macedonia Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons.  He and his wife were members if the Macedonia Baptist church, until he was called to the Church on High.

He leaves to mourn their loss, his loving companion, the above named children, 15 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and many other relatives and a host of friends.

A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.


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