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02/10/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Tom Armstrong

Thomas C. Armstrong, Jr.
(03 Oct 1929 - 08 Feb 2009)

President of the Newport News High School Class of February 1948

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   The sad news continues.      Tom Armstrong, President of the Class of February 1948, passed away at Mary

Immaculate Hospital on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at the age of 79.  He was the older brother of Newport News High School teacher,    and President of the Student Body of the Class of 1953, Larry Armstrong of MD.

From the Daily Press - 02/10/09:  

  Thomas C. Armstrong, Jr.
  YORKTOWN - Thomas C. Armstrong Jr., passed away Feb.. 8, 2009 at Mary Immaculate Hospital, from complications of a long illness.

Mr. Armstrong was born Oct. 3, 1929 to the late Thomas C. Armstrong Sr. and Viola Margaret Hooper Armstrong.

He graduated from Newport News High School in 1948. He also graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1954, where he was class president for all four years. Tom served in the United States Army in Korea and on Nov. 30, 1993, retired from Newport News Shipbuilding, as manager of paint chemistry. He held two patents, one patent for concrete and the second for coating steel piping. Tom and his wife attend Grace Episcopal Church, in Yorktown.
Tom Armstrong

He is survived by his beloved wife, Sandra B. Armstrong; two brothers, Robert and his wife, Nancy of Newport News, and Larry and his wife, Susan of Annapolis, Md.; many nieces and nephews; and his two faithful pets, Scooter and Lily.

The family would especially like to thank the ICU staff at Mary Immaculate Hospital, for their excellent care and comfort, as well as Dr. John L. Marshall and Dr. John N. Livingstone II.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall, with burial to follow in the church cemetery with the Rev. Carleton B. Bakkum officiating.

Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 123, Yorktown, VA 23690 or the Peninsula SPCA, 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from 2/10/2009 - 2/11/2009.
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February 10, 2009
You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
~ Elizabeth Emmett-Smith, Newport News, Virginia

February 10, 2009

To the Armstrong Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May GOD Bless you in this time of need.

~ John & Becky Hepner, Yorktown, Virginia

February 10, 2009

Dear Bob and Nancy,

Robert and I are so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. We hope you are both doing well. We extend our deepest condolences.


~ Debbie (Xiftros) & Robert Ellis, Williamsburg, Virginia

February 10, 2009

Tom is home now, and watching over you. You will continue to be in my prayers.

~ Terri Knight, Carrollton, Virginia



   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mr. Armstrong's family and their many friends. 

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/10/09, 6:57 AM - "Thomas C. Armstrong, NNHS 1948":

May I assume that you saw his obit in the 10 Feb NNDP?

Brother of the famous Larry ....

From the 1948 Anchor:

   Yes, I had, David, but thank you so much for providing these additional images.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 02/10/09, 11:43 AM - "Thomas Armstrong obit":

Hello Carol,        Tue. Feb. 10, 09

Thomas Armstrong's obituary is in today's Daily Press.  He was President of NNHS Class of Feb. 1948.

The 1948 Anchor was the first to cover both the Feb. and June graduates in a single issue.

I did not know Tommy in high school, but met him years later at a social function.  I was introduced to him by my brother because at that time I was publishing an Armstrong family history newsletter.  I was subsequently able to help him with his family line.

The Anchors for Tommy's high school span show that he was very prominent in NNHS athletics.

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so much, Fred.   I was just wondering when the Anchors were consolidated. 

    Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

Lead On, O King Eternal

Words by Ernest W. Shurtleff, 1888 (4 Apr 1862 - 24 Aug 1917)
Music (Lancashire) by
Henry T. Smart, 1836 (26 Oct 1813 -6 July 1879)

Shurtleff wrote this hymn wrote this hymn for the graduation ceremony at Andover Theological Seminary, where he was a member of the class of 1888.

 Lead on, O King eternal,
The day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home:
Through days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong,
And now, O King eternal,
We lift our battle song.

Lead on, O King eternal,
Till sin's fierce war shall cease,
And Holiness shall whisper
The sweet amen of peace;
For not with swords loud clashing,
Nor roll of stirring drums,
But deeds of love and mercy,
The heav'nly kingdom comes.

Lead on, O King eternal,
We follow, not with fears;
For gladness breaks like morning
Where'er thy face appears;
Thy cross is lifted o'er us;
We journey in its light:
The crown awaits the conquest;
Lead on, O God of might.

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Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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