Ora A. Armstrong

{August 25, 1922 - October 31, 2014}

Ora Albert Armstrong, 92, of Memphis died Friday, October 31, 2014 at the Scotland County Care Center.

He was born the son of Jesse Lindsey and Addie M. (Jennings) Armstrong on August 25, 1922 in Bible Grove. He attended schools in Scotland County.

Ora served his country in World War II by joining the Army of the United States. He was in North Africa and Italy and was awarded a European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, five oversees bars, and a Victory Ribbon for his service.

He married the former Irene V. Vincent on August 13, 1950 at the Lancaster Baptist Church. She survives.

Ora built the home that he and Irene raised their family in. He was a rural letter carrier for 46 years before retiring in 1989. He also worked at Armstrong – Templeman in Memphis building AV equipment.

For many years he was the Secretary/Treasurer for the Memphis United Methodist Church and served on the H.U.D. Housing board for 13 years.

Ora and Irene enjoyed playing cards with friends and he often played pool at Memphis Recreation Center. They wintered in Texas for 24 years following his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ava, in 1938; and a sister, Eva Hanley.

He is survived by his wife, Irene, of the home; sons, Philip and wife Mary Armstrong of Arlington, TN, and Randy Armstrong of Cordova, TN; daughter, Linda and husband Larry Kleinmeyer of Swisher, IA; grandchildren, Nicolas Armstrong, Amanda and husband Jerry Gonzales, Jeremy and Jade Alford; a great-grandson, Marco Gonzales; a nephew, Hollis and wife Sarah Hanley of Memphis; several cousins and many friends.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Monday, November 3 at the Memphis United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Smith officiating. Hollis Hanley, Nicolas Armstrong, Jerry Gonzalez, Larry Kleinmeyer, Rick Vincent and Joe Vincent served as pallbearers. Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis.

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4 comments

  1. So sorry to her of Ora’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Comment by Bill & Deb (Ferguson) Herring on November 1, 2014 at 6:45 pm
  2. I’m so sorry to hear of Ora’s passing. He will be greatly missed.

    Comment by Jane Drillon-Maloney on November 2, 2014 at 5:56 am
  3. So sorry to hear of Ora’s passing. We always enjoyed visiting with he and Irene. Will miss seeing him and Irene at the Armstrong family reunion in June. he was my cousin related to my Dad, Ora Armstrong.
    Delma and Monty

    Comment by Monty and Delma Armstrong Kelley on November 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm
  4. So sorry to hear of Ora’s passing, he was a wonderful man, He will be missed. Our sympathy to all of the family

    Comment by Richard & Carol Western on November 3, 2014 at 3:50 am