We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Rich & Thompson Funeral & Cremation Service
Early Monday morning, May 16, 2022, Grace Marie Oakes Ingle, age 82, of Burlington, North Carolina, peacefully went into the arms of her precious Savior Jesus Christ, Lord of her life. She was surrounded in love by all of her family as she entered into her final home. Grace was born on September 18, 1939, to her loving parents Curtis White and Etta McCrickard Oakes (both deceased). She was the wife of 67 years to James Ralph Ingle, Jr. who survives. In addition to her husband of their home, survivors include her children, Curtis (Gloria Gay) Ingle, Robert (Donna) Ingle, of Burlington, LouAnne (Jimmy) Loschin, Charlene (Greg) Williams of Graham and Joe Atkins of Arizona; grandchildren, Phillip (Stefanie) Ingle, Courtney (Jacob) Wrenn, Marshall Ingle, Peyton Justice, Suzy Williams, Joey Atkins and Ashley Atkins; great-grandchildren, Matthew Swaney, Andrew Swaney, Brendon Swaney, Abigail Ingle, Samantha Ingle, Lawson Ingle, Lee Ingle, and Scarlet Ingle; sister, Mary Lou McLean of Graham; brother, David Oakes of Lincolnton; and sister-in-law, Patricia Oakes of Burlington.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Glenn Oakes; brother-in-law, Herman McLean; sister-in-law, Jo Ann Oakes; and her mother and father-in-law, Ralph and Annie Ingle.
Grace accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age. She grew up in Glen Hope Baptist Church learning God’s word which prepared her for years of service to the Lord. She was currently a member of DaySpring Baptist Church. She was always active in church and ministry outreach. Grace was very talented in so many areas. She always joined in wherever she was needed, doing any task that was asked of her, bringing people into her home, ministering to the sick or lonely, working in her church, and taking care of her large family. She could cook, sew, build, design, organize, entertain, and lead large events. Grace retired from Hospice of Alamance. She will always be remembered for her devotion to the Hospice Flea Market and Balloon Fest. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Grace leaves a rich legacy of faith in Christ, family first and true friendship.
The family will receive friends at Rich & Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory in Burlington on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
The funeral service will be conducted at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Burlington on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. by Rev. Larry Redding and Rev. Jimmy Nickelston. Burial will follow at Bellemont United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Special thanks to the nurses at AuthoraCare, Jennifer Goff, Ashley Loftis, and Stephanie Kunar, and also to her nieces, Tracie Watkins and Stacy Parrott, and caregivers, Cheyanne Johnson, Teresa Littiken, and Rhonda Smith. All of these ladies were committed to taking care of Grace and giving her the comfort she needed in her final hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to DaySpring Baptist Church, Post Office Box 659, Burlington, NC 27216; The Gideons International organization (gideons.org); or AuthoraCare Collective, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.