Elmer Sansom Ingle, Jr. was born on January 13, 1929 in Ft. Worth, Texas to Elmer and Imogene Head Ingle. He had an enthusiasm for flying, earning his private pilot’s license at an early age and becoming a captain squadron leader in the Civil Air Patrol. He had 3 years in the Naval Air Organized Reserve. Throughout his life, Mr. Ingle enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, and caring for his (pampered) cattle on his farm in Willis. He attended, at various times, North Texas Agricultural College (now University of Texas at Arlington), Alvin Junior College and the University of Houston.
Mr. Ingle was a member of the congregation of the First United Methodist Church of Willis. He was active in many activities of the Methodist Church through the years including his service as Sunday School Superintendent, on the Commission on Missions, Pastoral Council, and the Administrative Council.
Mr. Ingle retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1983 after 36 years in various management positions. During his employment with the telephone company, he participated in many community service opportunities including the United Way Campaign in Houston, Packmaster and District Chair of the Trinity-Natchez Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Liberty and East Texas Chambers of Commerce, the American Red Cross in Liberty as Fund Drive Chairman and Director, the Rotary Club, and as president