Barbara Ingram Published: 01 March 2024 Hits: 518
Dr. Ingram had no plans to retire and continued doing what he loved, helping his four-legged friends regain health, until he was called home. He left a wealth of information on these pages from which you can glean pet care advice.
Born on September 11, 1946, in Shreveport, Louisiana, Mark was the son of the late Mack Leon Ingram and the late Billie Ruth Clark Ingram. He earned his Doctorate Degree from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Last October he celebrated 50 years of practicing veterinary medicine. Mark was the owner of Franklin Road Animal Hospital in Brentwood, Tennessee, which began as a mixed practice of horses, cows, dogs and cats. The epitome of someone who thought outside the box, Mark's practice became holistic where he found the further out on that branch he stood the higher his success rate became.
Although he loved all animals, he had a special love for horses. Mark bred, raised, and trained Quarter horses and Paints, and had a mare with lineage going back to his adolescent years. He also raised Rottweilers and cows for a season. Mark was an avid University of Alabama fan where he received his undergraduate degree. Roll tide!
Mark raised his children in the great outdoors. Most vacations were spent camping. The Ingram family often thought about offering their camping services to drought areas. If they pitched a tent it would rain! He also enjoyed taking the kids skiing, whitewater canoeing, kayaking and sailing. He liked to work with his hands and took pleasure in woodworking. Mark had a passion for Halbert Acres, his family farm in Fayetteville, TN since 1818. It was there that he would feel God's peace riding on a tractor bailing hay. An avid reader, Mark read through the encyclopedia as a youth. But his greatest joy was reading the Word of God. He had a passion for religious studies and American history and was always reading medical and scientific journals and herbal medicinal books. If Mark had not become a veterinarian there were two other choices. One interest was archeology. A highlight for his life was participating in a dig for the Ark of the Covenant in Israel. And if he was born in another era Mark said he would've definitely been a cowboy, a real gunslinger.
Mark also had another calling. He considered his veterinary clinic to be a ministry and loved to share the gospel. Often staff would get anxious as appointments would run long and late. Then they would look in and see he had his Bible open or was praying with someone. Mark had once received a miraculous healing from the Lord and he loved to show clients the steel and leather back brace he used to wear which was hanging on the wall.
Following after his mother Ruth, who was a Daughter of the American Revolution, Mark became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.
In addition to his wife Barbara Becay Ingram, of 36 years, he is survived by his children, Micah, Kelley, Charlotte and Tommy, 6 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.
Mark’s Heavenly Father met him with what we all long to hear:
"Well done, good and faithful servant;... Enter into the joy of your lord."