Macon Telegraph and News

November 21, 2004 

Robert Armstead Armstrong

     Mount Airy, North Carolina - Robert Armstead Armstrong, 88, formally of Macon and Milledgeville, passed away Saturday, November 20, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at 11A.M. in the chapel of Hart's Mortuary in Macon.  Burial will follow in the Macon Memorial Park Cemetery.  Dr. Jerry Pickard will officiate. 

     He was the son of the late Victor E. Armstrong and Alma Strozier Armstrong.  He was a retired Fire Chief from Central State Hospital in Milledgeville.  He was a former Captain with the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.  He was a Mason, and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, and the Al Sihah Shrine Temple in Macon.  He was a member of the Blue Lodge and Shrine Club in Milledgeville.  He was a member of the Northside Baptist Church in Milledgeville.  He was also a well-known checker champion, receiving awards in Georgia and the Southeast United States. 

     Predeceased by his brother Marion Armstead of Macon, and Sister Vashti Armstrong Fleetwood of Atlanta.

     He is survived by his wife, Wynelle Peavy Armstrong of Mount Airy, North Carolina; son and daughter-in-law, Vic and Phyllis Armstrong of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; grand children; Michael Armstrong of Atlanta and Matthew Armstrong, serving in the Peace Corp in Encarnacion, Paraquay; several nieces and nephews.

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Northside Baptist Church, Milledgeville, GA; or to the Northern Hospital Hospice in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

     Visitation: 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Monday in the funeral hone.  Hart's Mortuary in Macon has charge of arrangements.

    Bob and his wife, Wynelle moved to Mount Airy from Georgia in 1993 to be closer to their son who lives and works in Winston-Salem.

Bob Armstrong won the Georgia State & Southern States Ty numerous times.  He gifted his excellent Checker Library to ACF District 4 Manager, Larry Michael.  His library included all of Marion Tinsley's Notebooks, Marion kept all his lines and gave it to Robert and most all his personal checker library of what ICHF & Charles Walker didn't obtain. Individual books from this library are presented as door prizes to all District 4 Tournament players each year from 2005 through 2010 of which the last of this library was given out at the 2010 District 4 Tournament, many of these classic checker book in their original dust jacket.  Robert Armstrong was an ACF Life-Time "300 Club" Member. 

Wynelle Armstrong of Mount Airy, Surry Co, Robert's wife, Died in 2005.

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