EMORY — John Russell “Bud” Armstrong, 80, of Emory went home to meet his Heavenly
Father on Nov. 30, 2010. John’s homegoing celebration was held at 1 p.m., Dec. 4, at the Lake Fork Baptist Church with Pastors David Smith and Perry Crisp officiating. The family will have a private burial at a later time.
John R. Armstrong was born May 22, 1930, to Archie A. “Heck” and Elsie Kirk Armstrong. He served in the US Army until 1953 and earned his BBA in finance from East Texas State Teachers College (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) in 1956. He married Nelba L. Grayson on Aug. 25,1956. He graduated from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking in 1963. John was a lifelong banker, receiving his 50-year pin on May 14, 1999. During his banking career, he served as chairman of the board of three different banks in Northeast Texas and was currently serving as the chairman of the holding company for The First National Bank of Emory. He served as a Board of Regent of East Texas State University from 1990-1996 and was serving as chairman of the Board when the decision was made to become part of the Texas A&M System. On Sept. 25, 2010, he received his 50-year Mason’s Service Recognition award.
He loved to golf, fish, take motor home trips, fly his plane and spend time with his family and friends. He loved God and his Lake Fork Baptist family and served faithfully as a member and deacon.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years; a daughter, Lannette Armstrong Beaver and husband Steve of Emory; a son, J. Russell Armstrong and wife Lee Armstrong of Commerce; grandchildren Ryan Beaver of Austin, Cody Beaver of Emory, Brin Beaver of Waco and Matthew and Rachel Armstrong of Waco, sister-in-law Frances Armstrong of Sulphur Springs; his aunt Elizabeth “Sis” Williams of Emory; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Billy Ray Armstrong; a sister, Patsy Gordon; and her husband, RL Gordon.
Memorials may be made to the Lake Fork Baptist Church, Alba, First Baptist Church of Emory or First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory is in charge of arrangements.
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Published on  December 9, 2010