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Alvin Merlin Armstrong

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Alvin Merlin Armstrong, 79, of Carrollton, died Friday morning, Sept. 1, 2006, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 8, 2006, at the First Baptist Church in Carrollton with burial to follow in the Pauline Cemetery in Rutledge. Officiating the service will be Terry L. Lambert. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, at the First Baptist Church in Carrollton with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. The Hale City Lodge No. 216 A.F. & A.M. will conduct a Masonic service at 7 p.m. during the visitation on Thursday.

He was born Aug. 18, 1927, in Scotland County, the son of Ora Earl and Margret Ann (Wright) Armstrong. He graduated two years early from Granger High School. He then graduated from Chillicothe Business School and enlisted in the U.S. Army.

On April 6, 1958, he married the former Doris Caroline Reynolds.

After living in Scotland and Clark County, the Armstrongs moved to Carrollton in 1971. He became a longtime deacon at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton. He was also a 50-year Mason, being active in the Hale City Lodge No. 216 A.F. & A.M. and in the Marshall Eastern Star Chapter No. 408. He was also a past patron of the Vesta Chapter #5 in Carrollton.

He is survived by his wife, Doris, of the home; two daughters, Leah Shannon of Carrollton and Marla Erickson of Marshall; three sisters, Iris Armstrong of St. Paul, Minn., Delma Kelley of Clinton, Iowa, and Kathleen Shutz of Savannah, Ill.; four brothers, Vancil Armstrong of Lucerne, Ind., Darrell Armstrong of Hisperia, Calif., Dallas Armstrong of Shelbina and Gale Armstrong of Luray; two grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his: sisters, Norma, Doris, and Cleota Armstrong and Lois Drillon; his brothers, Leland and Kenneth Armstrong; and a niece.

Memorials are suggested to the Pauline Cemetery or donor's choice can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Chapel, 115 S. Main, Memphis, Mo., 63555. Condolences may be sent Armstrong's family via email at gerths@gerths.com.

Arrangements were under the direction of Gerth Funeral Chapel from its Memphis chapel