Rex Fitchett Ingram


I, Rex Fitchett Ingram, 91 years old, died on Oct. 15, 2018. I wrote this obituary for this occasion. I approached death with mixed emotions for I loved my family, my friends and my country; however, I love God and was ready to answer His call.

My loving wife, Jane Taylor Ingram, died on Christmas Eve of 2012. Perhaps, now, I can find her once again. I leave three sons whom I love dearly. Their wonderful mother was Elizabeth (Betsy) Wescott Jacob (deceased.) My sons and their wives are Rick and his wife, Sue; Greg and his wife, Sonia; and Steve and his wife, Antonette. My heart swells with pride as I think of their accomplishments. Each has become a mature contributor to society as have their wives. From the marriages of these three families came six lovable grandchildren of whom I am also well pleased and proud. My oldest granddaughter is Kristen who has a lovely sister, Andrea. Their parents are Rick and Sue. Greg and Sonia gave me my first and oldest grandson, Patrick. My youngest son, Steve, and his wife, Antonette, gave my Ryan, Jillian, and Amy to brighten by life. I also leave a stepdaughter, Jennifer James Kelley, and her husband, Walter. It has been a pleasure watching their daughter, Catherine, and twin sons, Collier (his wife Emily) and Thurman, grow into fine young adults. I also leave my stepson, Richard James, his wife, Darlene, and their children, Ashley (deceased), Jeremy Jordan and Jennifer Jordan Burr (her husband, Matt). I would be negligent if I didn’t mention a very special cousin, Hila Walker, and her husband, Kenny.

I retired from the U.S. Navy, and I am very proud of my two tours with the U.S. Marine Corps. After my naval service, I retired as a public school principal in Northampton County. I also worked with adult students in the Adult Basic Education program at the Eastern Shore Community College for several years and enjoyed working with the Habitat for Humanity for many years. One of the most interesting and challenging jobs that I had was as a magistrate assigned to Northampton County. I retired from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary which provided me with many exciting hours on the Chesapeake Bay.

With that said, I will say goodbye to my family and friends. Please do not mourn my death but be happy for the times we shared. May God bless each of you and this great country of ours.

A celebration of Rex’s life will be held at Hungars Episcopal Church in Bridgetown, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at 2 p.m. Burial at sea will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, it is my desire that any memorial contribution be made to one of the following: USCG Auxiliary, Flotilla 12-02, c/o John Pavlik, 5381 Peaceful Lakes Drive, Exmore, VA 23350; American Legion Post 56, 21210 N Bayside Rd, Cheriton, VA 23316; or to Riverside Shore Hospice, P.O. Box 615, Onley, VA 23418.

Family and friends may sign the guest book at

Arrangements were made by the Holland Funeral Home in Nassawadox.

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