Jack Neel Ingalls, Sr.
Jack Neel Ingalls, Sr.

April 8, 1927 - October 31, 2018
Born in Bristow, OK
Resided in Blackshear, GA
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Mr. Jack Neel Ingalls, Sr., 91, died Wednesday evening (October 31, 2018) at his residence in Blackshear following an extended illness.

He was born on April 4, 1927 in Bristow, OK to the late William Albert Ingalls and Dora Loretta Conner Ingalls. He graduated from Sand Springs High School in Sand Springs, OK where he lettered in five sports. He was All-State in football and ran the 100 yard dash in 9.9 seconds.

Following High School he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp during World War II. He was assigned to the Fourth Marine Division and played baseball with the “Maui Marines”, a service exhibition team. When peace was declared, he was assigned to military Government in Okinawa, Japan and also played football with the Okinawa Marines where he made All Star Team as tailback and won the China Sea Championship.

After discharge, he had three scholarship offers including University of Tulsa, Northeastern Oklahoma, and The United States Naval Academy. He chose Northeastern Oklahoma and later gave up his schlolarship to play pro-football with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-American Conference.
Injuries ended his football career and in 1948 signed a pro-baseball contract with the Atlanta Crackers where he spent spring training with them and was sent to Waycross, GA. The team won the Georgia-Florida League Pennant and the Shaunnessy playoffs. In 1950, he was signed by the Chicago White Sox and was to report to the Memphis Chicks of the Southern Association. During his baseball career he was affectionately known as “Fireball” Ingalls.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Blackshear.

He is survived by his wife, Eula B. Ingalls of Blackshear; five children, Jack Neel Ingalls, Jr. (Janie) of Satellite Beach, FL, Christopher Dale Ingalls of Waycross, David Keith Ingalls (Kim) of Blackshear, Quillan Derek Crosby of St. Augustine, FL, and Kynn Darren Crosby of San Francisco, CA; an abundance of grandchildren and great grandchildren; and a sister, Bonnie Stearns of Tulsa, OK.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday (November 4, 2018) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. The family will be receiving friends Sunday afternoon at the funeral home starting at 1:00 p.m.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




Music Funeral Home
1503 Tebeau St.
Waycross, GA United States 31501
Sunday, November 4, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Music Funeral Home
1503 Tebeau St.
Waycross, GA United States 31501
Sunday, November 4, 2018
2:00 PM