Dorothy “Booncy” Hayes Fullam Ingvalson, 86 passed away on May 22, 2019. She was born in Mooresburg, TN in 1932, and moved to Chattanooga with her mother as a child. She was a 1951 graduate of Chattanooga City High, where she met her first husband, Wayne Fullam. She and Wayne were married in 1954, and had 3 children, Mike, Mark and Gary. He was killed in action in October of 1967. During the Vietnam era, Booncy was active with the League of Families, traveling with her boys to Paris and insisting that the government of North Vietnam abide by the Geneva Convention in its treatment of Prisoners of War. One of her personal highlights was singing and giving her personal testimony with the Billy Graham crusade. Her singing voice and her life story brought many people to the comfort of Jesus Christ. In March of 1973, Booncy welcomed home Wayne’s best friend, Lt Col Roger Ingvalson who had been a POW during the war and had lost his wife during that time. Booncy married Roger in December of 1973, gaining a fourth son, Craig. Following Roger’s retirement from the Air Force, she and her family moved back to Chattanooga, where she supported husband and sons with passion and strength, buoyed by the love of God. She was the model of a strong wife and mother, ever supportive. Following Roger’s death in 2011, when friends would ask about her interest in ever marrying again, she always replied, “no way, I’ve been married to the two best. Why would I marry again?”.
Booncy leaves behind her beloved family members; sons Mike, Mark (Nancy), Craig (Katy), Gary (Melissa), - 5 grandsons, Wayne, Haden (Lindsey), JayP (Erin), Eli Fullam and Ben Ingvalson - 2 granddaughters, Maggie Ingvalson and Grace Fullam - 1 great grandson, Emmett Fullam and one great granddaughter (on the way). Arrangements are being handled by Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway Chapel.
A celebration of her life will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 29 at 1:00, with John Queen officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be at Chattanooga’s National Cemetery, where she will be buried alongside both of her hero husband’s, Col. Wayne Fullam and Col. Roger Ingvalson.
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Memorial contributions can be made to Prison Prevention Ministries, P.O. Box 3026, Chattanooga, TN 37404.
Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.