Billy Charles Armstrong

Published 8:14 pm Friday, February 15, 2013

Billy Charles Armstrong, 71, of Greenville, AL died February 14, 2013. There will be a visitation on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The funeral services will be held at Southside Baptist Church on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation 1 hour prior, Rev. Herbert Brown officiating and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing.  Armstrong was preceded in death by his parents, Kendrick and Alice Opie (Currington) Armstrong of Greenville, AL; brothers Earnest, Jack, Jimmie and George. He is survived by wife of 50 years Phyllis (Norsworthy); children, Brenda Norman (Joby), Billy Charles, Jr. ‘Chuck’ and Julie Landers of Greenville, AL; grandchildren, Amanda Thomas (Justin), Tiffany Kimbro (Digger), Daniel Coppage, Hunter Armstrong, and Brianna Landers of Greenville, AL; great-grandchildren, Taylor Thomas of Greenville, AL, Emalee Coppage of Chicago, IL and Trey Coppage of Greenville, AL; siblings, Betty Reynolds (Albert) of Robertsdale, AL, Frances Shirley (Harold) of Stapleton, AL, Virginia Armstrong of Virginia Beach, VA, Alice Falgout of Bridge City, LA, Bobby Armstrong (Jody) of Palm City, FL, and Eddie Armstrong (Lorna) of Van Buren, AR; and many nieces and nephews.

Armstrong joined the U.S. Army in 1958, served two years in Germany and was commissioned the youngest Sergeant in Europe. He served a combined 35 years in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve and the Alabama National Guard, which he retired as a full bird Colonel.  Throughout his military time, he was awarded a total of 12 medals, The Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Alabama Commendation Medal, Alabama Faithful Service Medal and State Veteran Service Medal.

Armstrong also retired from Rheem Manufacturing Company after 35 years. He started in 1961 and worked his way up the ladder to Plant Superintendent.

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Armstrong was very active within the community. He was a member of the Greenville Jaycees for 11 years where he served in many capacities: from local president to state internal vice president. He was also a member of the American Legion post 24.

He was a member of the Southern Cruisers and served as First Officer for three years and the Patriot Guard. He rode his motorcycle through 45 of the lower 48 states.

Armstrong was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Greenville, Ala. He was a man of strong faith.

He was a golfer, a bird-watcher, a biker, a builder, a Mr. Fix It, a gardener, a family man, a great friend and above all he was a Christian. For online condolences please visit