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Thomas "Al" Alvin Ingle
HELENA AR- Thomas "Al" Alvin Ingle age 62 of Helena, AR passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021, at his home in Helena.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 09:00 AM until 10:00 AM at Cleveland Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will follow at 10:00 AM in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery. Emily McCain and Reverend David Horton will officiate.
Al was born April 27, 1959, to Calvin and Mildred Dunlap Ingle in Florida. His family later moved to Rosedale, MS where Al was raised and attended Schools. Al worked at the Rosedale Gravel Pit, Whit River Fleet where he was a deckhand before beginning his employment with Doughboy Pools, where he retired after 25 years of service. Al's hobbies included fishing, hanging out with his family where he enjoyed being the life of the Christmas parties. Al enjoyed spending time with all his family but especially his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Calvin Ingle, Mother and stepfather, Mildred, and Howard Mitchell.
Al is survived by his life companion Ruby Titus, Son, Ryan Titus, grandchildren Conner, and Robert Titus, brother, Michael Ingle (Sen) of Jackson, MS, 5 sisters; Cheryl Bassie of Houston, TX, Mitzi McCain (Mike) of Cleveland, MS, Theresa Mitchell of Houston, TX, Cindy Mitchell of Houston, TX, Terry Credille (Jim) of Houston TX, Uncle Thomas Dunlap (Harriet) of Coldwater, MS, Aunt Louise Birnberg (Gerry) of Houston, TX and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Mike McCain, Ryan Titus, Jim Credille, Larry Joe Lawson and Kenny Glover.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The online guest register may be signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.
From essentially the very first time I met Jefferys family on Mildreds side I was accepted with open arms. Over the last 14 years, Ive truly realized that the relationships and bonds Ive developed with this familymy familyhas been stronger and more genuine than what Id had with my biological extended families on both sides.
Uncle Al was absolutely no exception; in fact, he was one of the first that I truly got to know and get closer to while living in Helena with Cheryl and Jeffery.
From the very first time I met Uncle Al, he let me know thatas far as he was concernedI was part of the family and didnt treat me like an outsider from the jump. That kindness and genuine good-nature are things Ill never forget. And his goofiness and ability to make you crack a smile in almost any situation.
One time, I had a job interview in Helena but didnt currently own a pair of clippers/a shaver to trim my patchy scruff with the interview the next day and not a penny to purchase one that quickly. Jeffrey, Cheryl, and I went to visit Al and Ruby just to spend some time together and I asked Uncle Al if he had trimmers or a spare razor. He immediately dropped what he was doing to show me where everything was and even gave me a demonstration on powering on and using the clippers. I wouldve figured that out, but its that kind of thing that shows his naturally warm disposition. My memory is so foggy, but if I remember correctly I *believe* he even sent me back with the trimmers because he had a second setso that Id not be in the same boat when my scruff grew back.
Perhaps my fondest memory of Al is a camping trip Uncle Al, Cheryl, Jeffery, our friend Glory and I went on. It was FREEZING and absolutely not an ideal night to camp. We struggled with the fire initially until Al saved the day. That entire night was filled with nonstop laughter; from him and Cheryl play fighting/bickering, to Al staying up nearly all night long poking at the fire and unknowingly trying to have conversations with usalready laying down in our tents trying to sleep.
Lets just say we all had a just a few beverages that evening... We laid in our tents laughing until it hurt. Eventually we fell asleep and woke up to Uncle Al sleeping on the ground near the fire.
When asked why he didnt get in the tent, he responded I didnt feel like it and then let us know that the ground wasnt even bad! Haha :)
I bring that up not to poke fun, because we were all thoroughly enjoying our beverages and being goofy. I bring it up because, despite the cold and having two young dogs that we absolutely werent prepared to have roaming around a campsite, that was the most fun Ive EVER had camping in my life and Ive been camping a LOT.
The sibling dynamic between Cheryl and Uncle Al was absolutely full of unending lovebut also hilarious to be around to see and hear them take turns picking on each other! We played guitar around the fire and did the typical camping things like roasting marshmallows, but I dont think I could ever possibly have a more enjoyable and special experience staying overnight in the cold wilderness again... Especially not now.
I know I feel pain, but I am so saddened most for the rest of the family and Miss Ruby (who was the angel of his world and makes the BEST cake).
But I think its important to remember that hes with his Mama now, and how wonderful that must be for the two to be reignited again in paradise.
He may not be here with us physically anymore, but the memories and laughterand the lessons he taught me and Im sure others about kindness and being a good-natured humanare things that can never fade.
Anthony Dean May 6 2021 12:00 AM
"We live in people's memories, and keep people alive in ours." You will live forever in the love, kindness, and laughter you brought into our lives, Uncle Al. May you rest in everlasting peace. Tell everyone up there we said hi. Love you!
Jeffery Bassie May 5 2021 12:00 AM
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