In loving memory of

Jerry Ingram
October 15, 1950 - April 4, 2021

A Forsyth County legend has passed away. Though his life's journey ended too soon, Jerry "Smokie" Ingram packed a lot of living into his 70 years. Born to the late James "Big Jim" Ingram and Mary Ruth Turner Ingram, Jerry lived all his life in and around Forsyth County. A true lover of classic cars and motorcycles, Smokie spent most of his time in his favorite place, his shop. He opened Classical Gas Auto Restorations in the 80's, where he restored and customized many award winning hot rods. He was a natural born artist; painting his first car at the unbelievably young age of 8 years old. He also started Renegade Towing and Recovery in 1996 working closely with the Cumming Police Department and the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department. Some of his most happy times were spent with fellow classic car enthusiasts. Smokie always made time for people. He never met a stranger and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He loved sharing his knowledge, experiences, jokes and talking shop to everyone. He loved attending car shows, swap meets and collecting old cars that he referred to as "yard ornaments." By far, his greatest joy and happiness was the time he spent with his family.

Smokie is survived by his wife, Lori Ann Ingram; his children Micheal and Liz Ingram and Katie and Sanford Anthony. His step children; Josh Crane, Jeremy Crane, Jacob Crane and Desiree Crane. He had 5 grandchildren and 10 step-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Kenneth Ingram and sister-in-law Deborah Ingram; his sister Judy Clay and brother-in-law Ralph Clay; his sister Karen Ellis and brother-in-law Daryl Ellis.

The family will receive family and friends at Ingram Funeral Home, 210 Ingram Avenue, Cumming, GA 30040 on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 11:00am - 9:00pm and Friday, April 9, 2021 from 11:00am - 2:00pm. Funeral services will be at Ingram Funeral Home on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 2:00pm with Rev. Bud Sutton officiating.

Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia in charge of arrangements.


Mary Cothran wrote on Apr 13, 2021:

"Jerry was a lifetime family friend, and neighbor. He always helped me out, with things, when I needed his help. He will be greatly missed, by all who knew him. Rest in peace, Jerry \"Smokie\" Ingram."

Tim Lowe wrote on Apr 9, 2021:

"Jerry was a great friend. He always took Care of us State Troopers. No matter what time are type of Weather when we needed him he would come out and help us. Rest easy my friend you will be missed. "

Neil and Pam Gaines wrote on Apr 9, 2021:

"Sad to loose such a Legend! Fly high Smokie ! "

Dee Dee and Kenny Stephens wrote on Apr 9, 2021:

"Smokie was a great friend to all and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family!"

Gordy Waters wrote on Apr 8, 2021:

"A lot of great memories. We had Waters Wrecker Service and saw him often He was a great guy and a great friend ! He will be missed ! Gordy Waters"

Andy & Joanne Holbrook wrote on Apr 7, 2021:

"I will never forget his smile and the gleam in his eyes when we talked about stuff. I knew Jerry (Smokie) my entire life and he was truly one of a kind. May the Peace and Comfort only found in Christ Jesus surround the family and friends of \"Smokie\" today and whenever he crosses our minds and heart. His race was well run and he is victorious today. "

Theresa Musselwhite Myers wrote on Apr 7, 2021:

"My heart just broke for you Michael when Aunt Gloria Jean and Aunt Betty spoke of your dad\'s passing yesterday. Know that we are praying comfort for you. Theresa Musselwhite Myers"

DeAnne Tallant Isbell wrote on Apr 7, 2021:

"To the family you are all in our thoughts and prayers love always and God Bless Curt and . DeAnne Tallant Isbell"

Butch Wills wrote on Apr 6, 2021:

"We will sure miss Smokie, full of life and fun, so glad he drew close to our Lord toward the end... Pete Martin and I prayed with him at our last high school reunion.., he always wanted some of those \"fainting\" goats on his property, just thought it would be fun.., Years ago, He showed my two teen age boys some wrecks and told the stories..,hoping to encourage my sons to drive safe.., "

Jeriel Buice wrote on Apr 6, 2021:

"Smokie was one of a kind he will be missed. Prayers for the family."

Kenneth Tallant wrote on Apr 6, 2021:

"My Condolences and Prayer\'s go out to the family. "