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Benjamin Franklin "B. Frank" Armstrong

1924 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Benjamin Franklin "B. Frank" Armstrong Obituary
Benjamin Franklin "B. Frank"


Germantown, TN

Benjamin Franklin "B. Frank" Armstrong passed away at the age of 92 on Friday, February 3, 2017. Services will be held for our beloved "Pop" at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 6 at Second Baptist Church.

B. Frank was born July 25, 1924 in Moorehead, Mississippi to Jesse Thomas and Gertrude Ferguson Armstrong. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, of 58 years and is survived by his son, Ben Armstrong, Jr. (Amy) of Germantown, TN and daughter, Beth Alderson (Michael) of Palm Bay, FL. He also leaves behind his brother, Tom Armstrong (Georgann) of Wilmot, NH and three grandchildren, Sarah Harris (Hudson) of Vancouver, WA, Anna Dutton (Wesley) of Cincinnati, OH, and Breven Simcox (Freddy) of Melbourne, FL.

While attending Greenville High school in Mississippi, B. Frank began his radio career as an announcer covering the Greenville High School football and basketball games. He went on to attend Louisiana State University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Journalism. During college, he continued to pursue his love of radio and sports at WJBO radio station as an announcer for LSU Tiger football games. After graduation from LSU, he joined WDSG radio station in Dyersburg, Tennessee as General Manager. In 1954, he began his lifetime career at WDIA radio station in Memphis where he served in sales and management for over 21 years. He was named WDIA's Outstanding Salesman and received the Distinguished Sales Award from the Sales Executives Club of Memphis. As a resident of Memphis for over 60 years, B. Frank was a dedicated member of Second Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher. Fellowship with family and friends at Second Baptist was a very special and important part of his life. He also loved duck hunting, vegetable gardening, and attending Memphis Tiger sporting events. Known for his excellent storytelling and contagious smile, Pop's cheerful spirit and ability to make new friends feel like family will be missed. When asked, B. Frank would tell you he lived a very blessed life.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Second Baptist Church missions fund or a .
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Feb. 5, 2017
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