Mel T. dedicated 25-plus years of service to the U.S. Marine Corp. He held various military positions, including engineering officer, platoon commander and maintenance management and operations officer. He toured around the world to places such as Korea, Afghanistan and Japan.
He died of a heart attack at age 52. He was a loving son and father, who believed in advancing academically and professionally. He is an alumnus of Baldwin High School in Milledgeville and Savannah State University in Savannah.
Bill served in the Milledgeville community as a machinist at Rheem and a health services technician at Central State Hospital. He also volunteered in the community by providing transportation for Feed the Hungry of Milledgeville, for citizens during local elections and for the elderly needing to run everyday errands.
During 2005, Bill died of a stroke at age 48. He was the oldest of four children; a loving son, brother, husband and father; and a devoted contributor to his community.
Established in 2006, the Willie R. (Bill) Ingram Jr. and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Melvin T. Ingram, USMC, Scholarship Fund awards scholarships annually to full-time students pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, NROTC Unit (Marine Option) or chemistry at Savannah State University. Students must hold at least a 2.5 GPA.
Mel T. graduated from Savannah State in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Bill provided for the family so Mel T. could continue his education. That is why Melvin referenced Bill as “The Wind Beneath My Wings” because of the sacrifices that he made for Mel T. to continue his education. The scholarship honors the brothers’ legacy and financially supports students wanting to advance their education.