POTTSBORO - Bobby Neal Armstrong, 73-year-old Pottsboro resident, passed away Monday, October 7, 2013. A Celebration of Life will be held.at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 at Georgetown Baptist Church, 207 Georgetown Road, Pottsboro|
Bobby was born on January 26, 1940 to RC and Nydia Jane (Shuggart) Armstrong in Sherman. His childhood and teenage years were spent doing farm and agricultural work, as well as "picking cotton," in Howe. He graduated from Howe High School in 1958 and it was these humble beginnings that taught him the work ethic that would become his trademark. On July 30, 1959, Bobby married the love of his life, Lola Isabelle Fox, in Van Alstyne, and they would spend fifty-four wonderful years together while also giving birth to two remarkable children - Tammy Randles and Charlie Armstrong. Red Arrow Freight and Yellow Freight are where Bobby spent the majority of his professional career, retiring in 2009 from Yellow Freight after twenty years of service. Bobby, or "Papa," as a lot of his family knew him, was a kind man that never met a stranger in his life. His stories were legendary, and although he could talk with the best of them, he was an extraordinary listener as well. In addition to being an amateur mechanic, a skilled carpenter, and a renowned storyteller, Bobby was an avid fan of westerns, having seen more John Wayne movies than most people know exist. He could back a semi-trailer like it was an extension of himself and he believed that a good hard days' work is cleansing to the soul.
Preceded in death by son, Charlie Armstrong, his parents, RC and Nydia Jane (Shuggart) Armstrong, and one brother, Tommy Armstrong, he is survived by his wife, Lola of Pottsboro; daughter, Tammy Randles, and husband, Randy of Pottsboro; sister, Jennie Stanley of Denison; brother, Donald Armstrong of Gainesville; sister, Nancy Stevens and husband, Vernon of Luella; grandsons, Kevin and Josh Randles of Pottsboro; granddaughter, BreAnna Armstrong of Denison; and extended family Vickie Shamp-Ellis of Edmond, OK, and Susan Clement of Pottsboro.
Honorary Pallbearers are James Corley, Jim Gould, Dan Smith, Henry Peterman, Bud Griffith, Bennie Randles, Curtis Clement, and Hennie Ferreira.
In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you consider making a donation to Camp John Marc (2824 Swiss Ave, Dallas, Texas, 75204; phone: 214-360-0056) a camp for children with chronic illnesses and physical disabilities, of whose mission that Bobby whole-heartedly believed in and the camp in which his grandson Kevin attended and now works for, or Home Hospice of Grayson that provided comfort and care for Bobby and the family. Both organizations are 501 (c)(3) not-for-profits and donations are fully tax deductible.
Condolences may be registered online at www.fisherfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Fisher Funeral Home in Denison.
Published in The Herald Democrat from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2013