Rickey Leon Ingle

Tuesday, February 7, 1961 - Friday, July 31, 2020

A Life Well Lived

Photo of Rickey Leon Ingle  - 1961-2020

CLYDE — During the peaceful morning hours of Friday, July 31, 2020, a celebration broke out as Rickey Leon Ingle reunited with family and friends in their heavenly home.

Rick was born and raised in Haywood County, where he lived an incredible life with his wife and queen of nearly 40 years, Debbie Green Ingle. He leaves a powerful legacy with his three children, Joshua (Shoana), Matthew (Alexandra), Leah Harris (Josh); and three grandchildren, Israella, Silas, and Ariya.

For many years he served the community he loved as a pastor, chief firefighter, and EMT. During his career, he traveled the world with Steelcase then later walked in his father’s footsteps at Evergreen Packaging.

As an amazing example of Christ, he deeply impacted the lives of everyone he met. In his quiet boldness, he never missed an opportunity to minister to anyone and invested in the lives of many spiritual sons and daughters. There was never a dull moment with his laughter and sense of humor that brought smiles to the faces of those who knew him and those who didn’t. He loved spending time fishing in the rivers and streams of the mountains but was feared by fish all over the world.

Rick is now celebrating with loved ones that have gone on before him: his parents, Carroll and Sue, brother Bill (Gail), and sister Lynda.

Remaining with years of heartfelt and hilarious memories is his brother Randy (Marilyn), a special sister Shirley, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Rick’s memory may consider making a donation to the Ingle Grandchildren Scholarship Fund (c/o Champion Credit Union) set up to bless his treasured grandchildren as they carry on his legacy.

There will be a service to celebrate his life announced at a later date.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Ingle family.

Condolences from family and friends

I remember Ricky as our dads were firefighters together. Our moms would load us kids up an go watch them work. I went to school with his brother Randy as we were in the band together. I always new Ricky as a good brother that loved his family. Rest in piece brother.
Jim clontz
I remember Ricky as our dads were firefighters together. Our moms would load us kids up an go watch them work. I went to school with his brother Randy as we were in the band together. I always new Ricky as a good brother that loved his family. Rest in piece brother.
Jim clontz
Debbie We are so sadden to hear of Rickys passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Pisgah Class of 1980
Debbie and family. I am so sorry for your loss. God and all of heaven are rejoicing because another faithful servant has crossed over into the Promised Land. Blessings of love and comfort for all of you!
Sherry Bumgarner Saams
Words are not enough for this man..He helped our family in so many ways..a lot of time on his knees..God bless each of you and be with you as you carry on his legacy .
Wayne and Renne Messer
We truly thank GOD for our precious friend and Christian brother. He was made from a special mold. He truly reflected GOD in his walk through this life. Love him (and his family). We’ll be seeing him on the other side!!!
Jimmy and Jane
So sorry to find out about Rick's passing. We loved him and he helped us so much during the flood. Rick and his wife, Debbie, were a huge blessing to us. Praying for you Debbie and your children.
Whit and Ailene Turner
When we met Rickey and Debbie the adventures began! We knew we had met lifelong friends because we had the same heart for Jesus! Vacationing together when our kids were young was a time of boundless exploring and endless humorous escapades. Who can forget the time the guys decided to video the baby bear cubs, but the mama bear didn't agree with the plan? We often shared tapes and CDs. We had wonderful times of praise and thanksgiving before each of our many picnics. We made leaf boats, played hide-and-seek in the dark, and went tubing. Through it all you could see that Josh, Matt and Leah had been taught to love the Lord, their family, their friends and the natural world they so eagerly embraced. We know we will mourn and miss our friend, but earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal (as the song goes) and we KNOW we will see Rickey again. Thank you, Debbie, for sharing him with our family.
Stan and Susan Carter