Alfonso Ingram was born on August 25, 1943 in Brunswick County, Virginia, to the late Franklin Ingram and Naomi Taylor Ingram. After graduating in June 1962 from James Solomon Russell High School in Lawrenceville, Virginia, Alfonso enlisted in the U.S Army. Upon completing boot camp, he entered the Paratrooper School and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Alfonso excelled as a paratrooper with many successful jumps. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1964
After deciding not to reenlist, Alfonso was awarded an honorable discharge in June 1965. He then relocated to Richmond, Virginia, and gained employment with the R. J. Reynolds Metal Company in February 1966 as a pressman. After 37 years of dedicated service, Alfonso retired in 2003.
Alfonso accepted Christ as his savior at an early age and faithfully served as a member of Second Baptist Church for more than 45 years in many different capacities. He devoted his life to several ministries that included the Diaconate Ministry, Assistant Treasurer, the Finance Committee, the W.H. Loving Usher Board, the Male Senior Usher Board, the Male Chorus, and the church Feeding Ministry. Before becoming disabled, he would also visit church members who were sick and shut in to give communion.
Alfonso was known for his infectious smile, generous nature, and keen sense of humor. He was a devoted husband and father who understood the importance of enjoying life. He always sought to capture life’s precious moments with his video camera. His love was unconditional, and he never hesitated to make sacrifices for the sake of his loved ones.
Alfonso transitioned to his eternal home and resting place while surrounded by family on January 31, 2022. He leaves to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy three children, Cindy M. Ingram-Allen (Harold), Alfonso J. Ingram (Nicky), and Lisa I. Fleming (James Jr.); two brothers, Marshall (LaVerne) and Larry Ingram; four sisters Virginia Short, Kathleen Stokes, Joyce Mason, and Maureen Ingram; seven grandchildren, Alfonso J. Allen, Harold P. Allen II, Courtney M. Allen, Jason A. Henderson, Alaila J. Henderson, James W. Fleming, III, and Jayden M. Fleming. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Frances Hill Ingram; his former wife, Carrie P. Harris; his parents, James Franklin and Naomi Taylor Ingram; three brothers, Jerome, Albert, James Franklin Ingram, Jr., and one sister Mamie E. Fields. Alfonso also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives, and friends.
A viewing will be held from 11am-12pm on Monday, February 21, 2022 at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. A funeral service will begin at 12pm in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1400 S. Randolph Street, Richmond, VA.
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