Robert “Bob” William Ingram


Robert “Bob” William Ingram, 81, formerly of Dahlonega, Georgia, passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at his home in Hickory, North Carolina.

Born June 1, 1937, in Nashville, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Joel William Ingram and Edith Pollock Ingram. 

He is survived by his wife of 54 wonderful years, Virginia “Ginny” McCubbin Ingram; children, Elizabeth M. Ingram of Hickory, North Carolina, Virginia Ingram Kessler of Aurora, Colorado, and his informally adopted daughter, Malin Hollmark of Stockholm, Sweden; and grandchildren, John Cole Kessler and William James Kessler of Aurora, Colorado, and informally adopted granddaughter, Freya Hollmark.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Bob enjoyed a varied professional life, first as a distributor for Cities Service (CITGO) followed by a career in property management as mall manager of Jasper Mall in Jasper, Alabama, and Springdale Mall in Mobile, Alabama.

Bob’s proudest professional accomplishment came in 1993 when he and his wife, Ginny, created Cruise Masters Travel Agency in Charlotte, North Carolina. With a devotion to their staff and commitment to customer service, they were awarded Carnival Cruise Lines’ Agency of the Year in 1998. Former Carnival CEO & President Bob Dickinson would later reflect that among the 30,000 agency competitors, Bob and Ginny were “a shining example of what hardworking, focused travel agents could accomplish by presenting their clients with fabulous cruise vacations.”  

The Service of Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Dahlonega, Georgia, with Rev. John Hamilton and Rev. Albert Daviou officiating.  A graveside inurnment with military honors will be held at Sharpsburg Baptist Church Cemetery in Sharpsburg, Georgia, on Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church “Elevator Fund”, 1188 Hamp Mill Road, Dahlonega, Georgia  30533.    

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