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Departed this life on December 20, 2012, in Capitol Heights, MD. He was born on February 14, 1960, in Toledo, OH to the union of the late George William Armstrong and the late Sallie Pearl (Armstrong) Gibbs. Terry attended the University of the District of Columbia and earned a Master of Science Degree from Johns Hopkins University. He was employed as a Principal Financial Analyst at Oracle Corporation.

Terry leaves to cherish his memory his most beloved son, Antwain Andre Coward of Washington, DC, fiancée Tambra "Tammie" Johnson, 2 brothers and 3 sisters and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at The United House of Prayer for All People, 601 M Street N. W. Washington, DC 20001 (visitation preceding services). Final arrangements will be handled by Taylor's Funeral Home.

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Published in The Blade on Dec. 28, 2012.
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January 4, 2021
Missing my awesome cousin Terry. He was an amazing young man. I still have my Norman Brown CD he gifted me. I play it in memory of him every year, and also on Saturdays when I am cleaning house. Rest In Heaven dear Cousin, we will see you on the other side. We love you so much!!
Jackie Gaston
August 17, 2015
Miss you roommate. To Antwain, we never met but your dad was a good friend of mine. We shared many good times at Wittenberg. I can't believe that you are gone.
Greg Hardy
November 21, 2014
So sorry to learn that Terry is no longer with us. He was a wonderful man and a great dad. Antwain I don't know if you remember me or not, however ; I want you to know that my daughter Candice and I will keep you in our prayers. ... Hope you're still visiting the museum's we used to go to together ????????????????????????????????
Rhonda C
October 6, 2014
I will always remember your smile and great personality Terry. I found out that you had left us after the fact. I was in total shock! Other friends that loved your are just now finding out. I know your beautiful spirit is around us though for God would not take your smile and great personality away from our memories and our spirits. Rest in peace my friend. You are truly missed.
Brenda Silvils
August 3, 2014
Antwaine there isn't many days that go by that I don't think about your dad also. Since we lost him we have also lost several other cousins as well. I miss my talks with him as well. He was one of my most trusted counselors and advisors. I know he prepared you well. He was so so proud of you. He loved you with all his heart. Please find comfort in knowing that he will always be with you. Yes life is scary no doubt but God holds the whole wide world in His hands and if you call upon him he will guide you. Love you much. Auntie.
August 2, 2014
Dear Antwain, we are still praying diligently for you. You are not alone. Your cousins in Toledo are here for you as well. We are so very proud of you and all of your accomplishments. This is a time when the rest of us are lifting YOU up in prayer for renewed strength...Keep Trusting God...YOU ARE LOVED IN OHIO...WITH LOVE AND PRAYER, YOUR COUSIN JACKIE (ARMSTRONG) GASTON email: gastonizer@yahoo.com
August 2, 2014
Good Morning Antwain - I was just speaking of your dad the other day - rest a sure that your dad is smiling and praising you always. Peace and blessings.
alyson farley
August 1, 2014
Having a hard day today. I miss you dad. Every day I find new meaning in your guidance and teachings. It's scary exploring life without you. I wish I could have just one more of our long 4 hour conversations again. This hurts but my faith is unwavering. I know that you've prepared me to be strong and to live purposefully. I will make you proud. Love you pops.
April 11, 2013
I just seen this and I am so sorry for your loss. I have been thinking about Terry and his laugh,smile and Afro (smile). I was about to see if I could find him on FB. Guesss I'll just have to wait and look him up when I get to heaven. Many happy memories.
Yvette Harris
February 27, 2013
I just learned of your Dad's transition today. My condolences to you during this difficult time. Your Dad was a man of great character and integrity. He thought the world of you! We will certainly miss him here on earth. May the Lord strengthen and sustain you during this time.
Dr. Reginald W. Cole
February 14, 2013
I think about you everyday. Happy Birthday Dad. I love you
February 6, 2013
I never got to speak with Terry much but when I did it was always a good conversation. He gave me tips about business and he always seemed to be genuinely interested in what I was doing with my life. I appreciate the time that he made for me and I'll never forget him.
Tyrrell Eccles
February 5, 2013
My condolensces. I worked and befriended Terry while at Comsat. I will always remember Terry as a complete man. A man of kindness, dignity, intelligence, and sensitivity. A hard working, caring man who was always positve. Knowing him was a blessing. May God bless & keep his family.

Robert May
February 5, 2013
So sorry to hear this news. We were co workers at Comsat years ago. Terry was such a cool person to be around. Many blessings to the family.
Orlando Wilson
February 5, 2013
I remember Terry working with him at COMSAT many years ago. When I met him we became friends instantly. Terry would make me laugh every morning. I remember he was the first one that introduced me to Hersey kisses in coffee.(LAUGH) It was good! RIP Terry hold on to GODs hand and be a smiling angel for him.
c m
February 4, 2013
Mr. Armstrong exemplified fatherhood with grace and love. In a time when many young people are growing up as a fatherless child, Antwan rose because of his father. I learned how to communicate better as a father whenever I witnessed Mr. Armstong's presence with Antwan at SEED. Their love as father/son was infectious. If you didn't have your father involved, you wanted one after seeing them. And if your father was involved, you wanted to reach out to say I love you.
My conversations with Mr. Armstrong will never be forgotten. I thank you Mr. Armstrong for serving your purpose to all of us in different ways. May you succeed in your next assignment. Be good!
Orlando Fox
February 4, 2013
First, my deepest condolences to the family. Mr. Armstrong was a wonderful man who inspired anyone who came in contact with him. His commitment to his son was something I always admired and longed for from my own father and deeply appreciated. He will be missed.
Valerie Jones
February 4, 2013
Terry was the man you would look up to for almost anything. A great dad and a motivational speaker were just a few things i will never forget about him. He really was an awesome person, and I'm truly gonna miss him.
Durrell Lewis
February 4, 2013
A lot can be said. However the most important that he was a man that was able to be a father figure to many men. In a era where responsibility is deferred, he looked to take on the responsibility of growing men from boys. I'll forever miss him as a father.
Babajide Eniola
February 1, 2013
My deepest condolences to Terry's family and loved ones. We worked together at Comsat for many years, and he was a good friend. I'm sure he'll be missed by those who were closest to him.
Michael Ashton
February 1, 2013
Terry was a good man and his memory will live on with his love ones. I met Terry when I joined COMSAT Corporation. He was a distinguished man of character and anyone who knew him would validate his many professional qualities. R.I.P.
February 1, 2013
"He played the role as an mentor, older brother, father and friend to me and I will really miss the talks we had and the advice he gave to me"
James Pope
January 26, 2013
It's been 26 days and I miss your loving spirit tremendously. I will always love you. God has you now, rest peacefully in his arm. Your Soulmate, Tammie
Tammie Johnson
January 24, 2013
Mr.Armstrong was always a man that any young man could look up to and learn from. He will be missed.
DeWayne Thomas
January 21, 2013
Was very saddened to hear of Terry's passing. Played football and b-ball together, graduated from MVCDS together in 1977. Great prankster, great laugh, could light up a room with his smile and personality.
Bruce Sowatsky
January 7, 2013
I knew Terry as well and worked with him at a prior company. His infectious smile and friendly approach to people made everyone at ease. Rest well Terry.
Patrick Drissel
January 7, 2013
I am sorry to learn of Terry's passing. I was a co-worker of Terry's at Intelsat and remember it was always a pleasure to interact with him. He was such a nice person. May the good memories help you through this difficult time.
Sue Decker
January 5, 2013
r.i.p iwill remember the smile and giggle he could bring down on me when he would just call you by name with a little tap and laughter love bren
brenda armstrong
January 5, 2013
Terry and I worked for the same company for several years. His office was just across the hall from mine so we talked almost every working day. I am so sad to hear Terry's passing away news. Indded it is a very sad news about one of the nicest persons I knew at my work. My sincere condolences to Terry's family and friends and may G-d bless you all
Ken Betaharon
January 4, 2013
Terry was a wonderful person, and will be dearly missed. My heartfelt sympathy to the Armstrong family; my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Margit Silva (Intelsat)
Margit Silva
January 3, 2013
Just found out about Terry's passing. Offering my deepest sympathy to his family. May God Bless you all.
Marty Viel
January 3, 2013
Antwain, Tammie, Desa, and the rest of the family,my prayers are with you. Terry was one of my closest friends, 34 years of friendship helped forge a brotherhood, a bond that will forever be remembered.He was indeed one of the great ones. Terry "T.A." Armstrong, may you rest in peace. Much Love and Respect!
Craig Farley
January 3, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the family. May God watch over you during this difficult time!
Diana Scott (Intelsat)
Diana Scott
January 2, 2013
My deepest sympathy to Terry's family and friends. He has been a kind and supportive coworker to me. He was always smiling and sayind nice things.
We will miss you Terry!
Liz Bell
January 2, 2013
Terry was truly one of the finest people I have known. My condolences to the Armstrong family.
January 2, 2013
To Antwain, Desa and My Armstrong Family: I had the privilege to speak to Terry the week before his transition. His voice was full of life and much love. However, our beloved Terry now knows more than those whom he left behind. Remember God will continue to comfort you through His Holy Spirit. We must continue to spread "LOVE" as Terry so often expressed when he would arrive for our family gatherings. I am certain that God was pleased with Terry's work down here. Rest on dear cousin. Trust God Antwain, your Dad loved you so and was most proud of you! What an awesome HOMEGOING SERVICE!
With Love
Jackie Armstrong-Gaston
January 2, 2013
Prayers and condolences to Terry's family and friends. Thanks for the training at Intelsat. Sandra
January 2, 2013
May God Bless this family .
Ed Smith
January 2, 2013
To family and friends of TA: I will always remember TA,my Wittenberg Univ. classmate. He was nothing but kind, fun loving, respectable, and a "beautifully spirited" brother. May the Lord Jesus provide comfort and salvation to you all.
Tyrone Curtis
December 31, 2012
Terry, we will see each other again. Thanks for the Down Town Boys Club days, hanging out during our High School days, staying in touch during our collge days/working days, but, most important, thank you for being my cousin, your departure was sudden but you will forever remain in my heart. Deeply missed.
Sherman Thomas
December 31, 2012
It is truly amazing how God places great people in your life. Terry was one of those people. It is an honor to have called him my friend. My prayers go out to the family. My God bless you and keep you.
Craig (Luke) White
December 29, 2012
Remembering our high school days at MVCDS. My sincere condolences to Desa and the entire family.
Gayle Smith
December 29, 2012
May God bless you all through this difficult time. Terry was a bright light to everyone who was fortunate enough to cross his path, and a positive impact to all who were blessed to know him.

Michael Carter (Dayton,OH)
Michael Carter
December 28, 2012
To the Armstrong's, may the love of God comfort you through this very difficult time.
In Christ's Love,
The Garmon Family
December 28, 2012
To the family - It has been a blessing to have known TA. I met him at Wittenberg and will always share fond memories of those days. May the peace of God strengthen you during this time.
Cheri Westmoreland
December 28, 2012
Special condolences to Desa and family on the passing of your brother. Praying for you!!!!!
Robert Davis
December 28, 2012
Terry our beloved brother, we adored you. You will be truly missed. On behalf of your family, rest in peace in Jesus' arms.
Desa Armstrong-Foster
December 28, 2012
The lord has called one of his Angels home. You will be truly missed. Thank you for me being a great attribute to our family!!!!
Andrea Armstrong
December 28, 2012
Desa, I am so sorry to hear about Terry, I just cannot believe he is gone.We all had some good time growing up together and being friends.My prayers are with you and your family.

love you
Joyce Thomas
Joyce Thomas
December 27, 2012
My cousin Terry may you rest in peace your beautiful smile will be missed. Praying for all the family.

Patricia kynard (Toledo, Ohio)
December 27, 2012
Tammie, Antwaun and Family,
God didn't promise days without pain, laugher without sorrow or sun without rain. But God did promise strength for the day, comfort for tears and light for the way. And for all who believe in His kingdom of love, He answers their faith with peace from above. May these words bring you comfort during this time of grief.
Sheila & Emery Myers
Sheila Myers
December 27, 2012
Dearest T.A.,
It's so hard to believe you're gone. I'll cherish our days at Witt and as neighbors in D.C.

And to Antwain,
My prayers are with you. Hold on to God with all you've got. He will carry you through.

-Kim Farley, Washington, DC
December 27, 2012
May you find comfort in remembering the wonderful soul that now finds himself resting in God's loving care.
Millicent (Mimi) Mickle
December 27, 2012
Antwain please know that you are in my prayers and I an do sorry to hear about your father if you need us please don't hesitate to call and I mean it....
Tania Eff
December 27, 2012
Rest in peace Terry I will sure miss that smile and how you always humbled yourself.  You accomplished so much and so few people l knew how much.  I understand that you have fulfilled God's plan here on earth and he has called you home, it is difficult for me, however I know your legacy will live on through the many people you touched. God Bless you and I look to one day when we all will celebrate together in heaven. Your cousin in law ....
Sharon Partezana-Armstrong
December 27, 2012
Antwaun, Your father will truely be missed. If all fathers in the world was like Terry the world would be a better place. My prayers and love is with you always.

Love Aunt Sharnie
December 27, 2012
Dearest Antwain, your father will truley be missed. He was a great father, if all fathers was like him the world would be a better place. My prayers and love will be with you always.

Aunt Sharnie
December 27, 2012

My deepest sympathy. Your dad was a kind and active presence during my time at SEED. I am here with you in thought, prayer and deed.

Sara Simmons
Sara Simmons
December 27, 2012
My sympathies to the family. I worked with Terry and Oracle and he was a valued member of our team. We were all shocked and saddened by his passing. Our prayers are with you.
Jerri Walker
December 27, 2012
To my dearest, Antwaun I love you and hope the lord continue to bless you through your time of need. Do know that uncle Terry will truly be missed of his positive spirit and modivation.
Silva Lewis
December 27, 2012
Our prayers and hearts are with you all during this time of mourning...God bless you all. The Joneses
Dietrich and Rosa Jones
December 27, 2012
To The Family - May peace be upon you. It has and always will be an honor and pleasure to have loved T.A. as a "brother" since his college days at Wittenburg University.
alyson farley
December 27, 2012
Terry was a great and loving man. He had a heart of gold and if he was your friend, you have experienced that love from him. I pray for blessings over his son and family. I loved Terry alot and will truely miss him.


Gary Render
December 27, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of refuge and strength be a source of help for you.
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