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Samuel W. “Sam” Armstrong, 89, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, March 31, 2017 in Pasadena, Texas.

Sam was born in Byrd, Texas on August 28, 1927 to Wornie G. and Lena (Basinger) Armstrong.  He grew up in Byrd and graduated from Ennis High School.  On May 28, 1948 he married the love of his life, Mildred McCollum and they made their home in Byrd.  After a few years they moved to Pasadena, Texas in 1952, then to Terrell in 1993 and back to Pasadena in 2012.  He served his country proudly in the United States Navy from 1945-1947.

He was a truck driver for several different companies retiring from Praxair in 1992.  He was a member of the Golden Acres Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge #499.  He was an avid fisherman who always had a fish story to share and enjoyed hunting.  Sam loved people and if you stood still long enough he was going to talk to you.  He enjoyed watching the Texas Rangers play baseball.  His first love was his Savior but his family was the complete joy of his life.

He is survived by his loving wife of over sixty-eight years, Mildred Armstrong; son, Lanny Armstrong and wife, Debbie; daughter, Susan TenNapel and husband, Scott; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Jack Armstrong and wife, Jeanne along with a host of family and friends who loved him dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Lois Marie Armstrong, Betty Kidder and Mae Dean Fincher, and brother W.F. Armstrong.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2017 followed by the Celebration of his life at 11:00 a.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis.  His grandsons will serve as his pallbearers.  Interment will follow in Grady Cemetery of Rankin under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.

As an expression of sympathy, contributions may be mailed to Hallmark Hospice at 1120 Nasa Parkway, Suite 340 A, Houston, Texas 77058 or given online to Alzheimer’s Association to www.alz.org/donate in memory of Samuel W. Armstr

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