- The Washington Times - Friday, September 17, 2004

Berke Ingram, 80, insurance executive

James Berkley Ingram Jr., a retired executive of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., died Sept. 15 at Prince William Hospital in Manassas. He was 80.

Mr. Ingram, of Manassas and Winston-Salem, N.C., was a certified life underwriter and a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable.

In 1963, he was appointed general agent of Massachusetts Mutual for North Carolina and in 1971 became a vice president of the company, based in Springfield, Mass. Three years later, he became executive vice president.

He retired to Winston-Salem in 1983, where he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

“Berke had the insurance man’s gift for geniality,” recalls one old friend, “and he had the Southern gentleman’s gift of manners and kindness and the Christian’s impulse for generosity to everyone. He knew everybody in North Carolina and half the people in Virginia.”

He was born in South Boston, Va. He attended Davidson College until he was drafted into the Army at the onset of World War II, and served as an infantryman in Europe.

Mr. Ingram was wounded and sent home to recover. After his discharge, he enrolled at the University of North Carolina and graduated in 1948.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Hersch Ingram of Manassas and Winston-Salem; two sons, James Shea Brown and John Bennett, both of Wake Forest, N.C.; three daughters, Jane Berkley von Feilitzsch of Amissville, Va., Priscilla Bennett Rolls of Wake Forest, and Jody Bennett Totten of Hendersonville, Tenn.; two stepsons, Huntly Hersch of Manassas and Stephen Hersch of Camp Lejeune, N.C.; a brother, Stebbins B. Ingram of Matthews, N.C.; a sister, Virginia S. Ingram of Winston-Salem; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be held tomorrow in Winston-Salem, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem.

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