Bill Armstrong

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Armstrong, Bill Rhylon Bill Rhylon Armstrong, 83, passed away May 17, 2013 at Baylor/Plano Hospital due to complications from a fall. He was born in Shreveport, La. Bill spent most of his life in Garland/Dallas Area and enjoyed spending weekends at his lake house at Lake Texoma in Pottsboro, TX. Bill joined the Navy during WWII at the age of 15. After his release, he returned home to further his education, obtaining his GED and went to attend Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX. Once again Bill served his country by being recalled to serve in the Korean War, where he served aboard the U.S.S. Norris Destroyer. Bill was proud to remain in contact with his shipmates on the U.S.S. Norris and loved to share stories about his ship. Upon returning from the war, Bill resumed his studies at Texas Tech, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and played the trumpet in the marching band. After he got his degree in Mechanical Engineering, he worked for many years at Rockwell International and General Dynamics and retired at 80 years old. His hobbies included flying his plane when he was younger, fishing, dancing with Jo Ann, puttering around their vacation homes, and informing his friends and family about the weather. Bill lived his life to the fullest and will always be remembered for "his sense of humor" and dedication to his family. Preceding him in death were his mother, Doris Brown, and his father William F. Armstrong. Bill is survived by his loving wife Jo Ann Deaton Armstrong, Dallas, & Pottsboro; his three sons, Greg Armstrong of Las Vegas, Philip Armstrong of Carrolton, Rick Cantley of Keithville and Bill's step-mother Mary Armstrong of Shreveport. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, June 15, at 3:30 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, 1600 S. Garland Avenue, Garland 75040. Reception will follow at his house. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Special Olympics. or 1-800-700-8585. Online condolences may be left at


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Published in Dallas Morning News on June 12, 2013
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