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ARMSTRONG, Richard C. RICHARD C. ARMSTRONG Richard "Dick" C. Armstrong died Sunday, November 25, 2012 surrounded by family after a lengthy battle with several illnesses. He was 82 years old. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service in his honor with reception to follow on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church located 805 Mt. Vernon Highway, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30327, 404-751-2908. An Internment Service to be attended by immediate family will immediately precede the memorial service. Dick is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sue Owens Armstrong, a son Neil and daughter-in-law Kimberly Armstrong, a son Ross and daughter-in-law Carol Armstrong, a daughter Hope Armstrong Howe and son-in-law Thomas Howe. His grandchildren are Hutson Armstrong, Parker Armstrong, Hannah Armstrong and Ryan Armstrong. He is also survived by his sister Betsy Barbee and her husband Morris Barbee, and their children Becky Barbee and Morry Barbee and his wife Leigh Barbee, along with cousins and friends all of whom he cherished. Dick was born in Queens, New York on April 11, 1930 and later moved and attended LaGrange High School in LaGrange, NC. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ("UNC"), remained an avid fan and participating member of the UNC Alumni Association, and was the oldest living member of the Chi Phi Fraternity at UNC. Dick was also a member of the United States Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. After getting married in 1957, Dick worked in the real estate industry eventually moving on into mortgage banking and excelling in several high level positions focusing on commercial real estate mortgage financing nationwide. Dick was known for his expertise in financing hospitality properties and apartments in particular. Dick was also known as a hard worker who was extremely dedicated to his family. He and his family were proud members of Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA for many years. Other than working hard and raising his family, Dick's other passion has been being a member of the Optimist Club which raises money for programs that positively affect the lives of youth in the community. Having been a member of the Optimist Club since 1959, Dick was Charter President of the North Perimeter Optimist Club in Atlanta and, through the years, started numerous other Optimist Clubs in other locations in the southeast. He also served as a former South Carolina District Governor of the Club. Dick's unyielding passion to serve the Optimist Club to bring out the best in children within the community earned him the privilege of being named on the Armstrong-Raney Youth Community Service Award, an annual award given to an exceptional youth within the community. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to support the following: Richard C. Armstrong-Gus Raney Youth Community Service Award By making out a tax deductible donation check to: North Perimeter Optimist Club (please write "Armstrong Award") in the memo space and mail to the above named Club at: P.O. Box 76977 Atlanta, GA 30358
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 5, 2012
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