Pastor has served same church 37 years
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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David Ingram, 68, hasn’t ventured far from where he was born and reared. Just a few yards, actually.

Ingram was born in Spring Garden and has spent his entire life there with the exception of four years in the Navy. His parents, Edward and Alma Ingram, owed 100 acres of land in Spring Garden and, after their deaths, each of their three children ended up with 33 acres. The house in which Ingram and his wife, the former Elaine Bedwell, live once belonged to his parents.

A tornado destroyed his parents’ home in 1992 and they rebuilt. This is the house in which he currently resides.

Ingram feels that Spring Garden and, in particular, his land is a wonderful place to be on God’s earth. He spends a lot of time on Frog Creek near his home. He doesn’t fish; he just likes being able to enjoy the creek and hearing and seeing the sounds of nature on his land.

Ingram’s sisters, Janet Hilburn and Melissa Willis, attend Pleasant Arbor Baptist Church which will have a baptizing in Frog Creek later this month.

Ingram has pastored the Church of the Nazarene on Highway 278 across from radio station WPID for the past 37 years.

As a pastor, Ingram said he’s “happy to share the good news of Christ and what Christ did for us. What a difference He can make in your life and in your family’s life, and what a joy He can bring to you.”

Ingram said since he felt a calling to preach almost 38 years ago, he’s faced many challenges, but he’s never regretting going into the ministry. He said these past 37 years have been “a tremendous joy and a great blessing.”

Ingram joined the Navy in 1966 and spent the next four years working on the submarine base in Honolulu. His eldest daughter, Beth, was born there. Beth and her husband Robert own Simple Simon’s Pizza. They have three children -- Amber, Hannah and Chase.

The Ingrams’ son Chris and his wife, the former Shelby McGatha, live next door to them. Their children are Adam and Megan Hope. Another daughter, LaBreeska and her husband Brian McWilliams have three sons, Cody, Trevor and Matthew. Their other son Stephen and his wife, the former Amanda Pierce, are the parents of Alyssa and Kirsten.

Though Ingram grew up in a family that sang, he never sang himself until he got out of the Navy. Then he started singing with a gospel quartet, the Bridgesmen. They were together four years. He continues to sing and is proud of the fact that his children and grandchildren sing gospel music.

“They’re very talented,” he said. “They were all raised in a gospel music environment. Some of my grandchildren and children play musical instruments. I’m really proud of that.”

Ingram worked a total of 34 years for Goodyear in Cedartown and Rockmart, Ga. Elaine also worked at Goodyear.

For the past three years, he has been involved with the Benevolence Center. He believes that the center benefits Piedmont and is needed here. “When you serve and help others, you are serving God,” he said. Along with the Benevolence Center, he spends a lot of time at his church and with his grandchildren.

He likes to garden and usually has a fairly large garden that produces enough vegetables to help feed the family the entire year.

“I’ve probably got 150 tomato plants set out right now,” he said. “I’ve got squash, pepper and other things. I help Elaine with her flowers every now and then but she’s got a green thumb, so she keeps me away from her flowers most of the time.”

David, and their children graduated from Spring Garden High School. Most of his grandchildren go there or have graduated from there.

He currently drives a Cherokee County school bus for special needs children, which keeps him involved with not only his grandchildren, but other children as well.

“Our lives are full of kids,” he said. “Even though we’re retired, we’re still very active in the community. We stay busy. Our health is good. We’re really blessed.”

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