Kim Eugene Ingram, age 67, passed away Thanksgiving Day 2019 at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
Kim was born in Portales, NM on July 27, 1952. He was the son of the late Eugene Werle Ingram and Dorothy Fawnette (Pike) Ingram.
His family moved to El Paso, TX where Kim attended Loma Terrace Elementary School, K-8th grade, and Bel Air High School. He was a drummer in the Highlander marching band. After high school graduation in 1970, he enrolled in Eastern New Mexico University where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education.
After graduation from college, Kim began his career teaching music in Holbrook, Arizona. Kim also taught music in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Austin, Texas; Stamford, Connecticut; and Polk County, Florida.
In 1980 he met (during a musical they were doing together) and later married Cecilia (Ceci) Whitlow. They were both very involved in the arts and shared their love for music and theatre. Their ministry in music and drama in their church was an integral part of their lives.
He retired after 41 years of teaching. By Kim’s estimation he had taught about 8000 students in his career. In addition to teaching, Kim was active in his church. He also was interested in acting and appeared in the movie ‘Instinct’, in a documentary about the History of the Spanish American War, and in several commercials. Kim was also an avid do-it-your-selfer. He spent many hours making additions and improvements in the houses where he, Ceci and their two Labrador Retrievers lived. He was gifted in re-purposing old building materials. After retirement he also worked in spring training with the Detroit Tigers as well as the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Pamela Hardin.
In addition to his wife he is survived by is his brother, Kevin Ingram, and his wife, Charlene, of Longview, Texas; his nephew, Kristopher; his brother-in-law, Eugene Whitlow and his wife Nylla, of Las Cruces, NM; a niece Lori (Whitlow) Byre and her husband Greg and a nephew, Shawn Whitlow of Pflugerville, TX.
A service of remembrance will be held Tuesday, December 3 at 6 pm in the chapel at the Church at the Mall in Lakeland.
Those who wish to honor Kim in a special way may make their gifts in his memory to Samaritan’s Purse or charity of their choice.
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