Mr. James Ingram

Mr. James Ingram was Constituting America Founder, actress Janine Turner’s, beloved 5th grade teacher, who instilled in Janine a love of our founding fathers, through the 5th grade’s production of 1776.

Mr. Ingram was honored as Constituting America’s Constitutional Champion in 2011 and was a beloved and active member of our Education Advisory  board.

Mr. Ingram’s full obituary is below.

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS – James Ingram, 72, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2024.
Graveside Service: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Mount Olivet Cemetery with Jinx Ingram Thompson to officiate. Elizabeth Hatley, a dear friend, will deliver the eulogy. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2024, at Mount Olivet Chapel in the Sandburg Suite.
James was born in Fort Worth. He was the son of, James and Juanita Ingram. James accepted Christ as his personal Savior at a young age. He prayed daily and maintained a positive spirit. His cousins, Jinx and Betty, were like sisters to him. They had many great times including U.S.A. and world travel experiences.
James graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He obtained a Master’s in Education degree from Texas Christian University.
His lifelong, devoted career encompassed 34 years as an elementary fifth grade teacher at Eagle Mountain Elementary. He enjoyed the challenge of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in a modified version on the stage with his fifth grade Language Arts classes. He also produced musicals with his students early in his career. The Eagle Mountain-Saginaw I.S.D. school board named the school stage in his honor when he retired.
Other educator honors included: 1995-1996 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year, Peer Professional, PTA Life Membership Recipient, PTA Extended Service Award, and Saginaw Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year.
James appeared on television’s Disney’s American Teacher Awards. He was selected by actress, Janine Turner, a wonderful former student, as her favorite teacher. Furthermore, Ms. Turner recognized him as “The Constitutional Champion Teacher at the “Constituting America” gala.
His involvement with Miss Texas Pageant included Board of Trustees member and Awards Ball Set-Up committee chairman. James was inducted into the Miss Texas Hall of Honor for his pageant work.
James was a season ticket holder with dear friends for the Fort Worth Symphony Pops, Texas Ballet Theater, and Theatre Arlington. B. J. Cleveland, former artistic director at Theatre Arlington, was a talented former student.
Trips to the Texas Rangers baseball games were a highlight. The “good times” were highlighted with his Bunco groups of special friends. The Olive Garden, Chili’s, Babe’s Restaurant, Saltgrass, and Abuelo’s were his favorite restaurants. James enjoyed reading best sellers and viewing the Oscar-nominated movies. Morning walks with his mall buddies at the NE Mall and Grapevine Mills Mall, started each day with special conversations and many smiles. Pilgrimages to Scarborough Faire in Renaissance costumes with his Bros.-in-Hose provided majestic experiences for James and friends.
Surgeries were a challenge later in life. These included open-heart surgery, two hernia surgeries, six leg surgeries, cataracts surgeries, skin cancer surgery and gallbladder surgery. God’s Grace saw James through these times.
Survivors: All from Fort Worth
Cousin, Jinx Ingram Thompson
Cousin, Betty Evans
Second Cousin, Kim, and her 3 children
Second Cousin, Josh and wife, Laurie and their 5 children
Cousin, Tommy Freeman, and his 3 children
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