Thomas J. Armstrong
May 19, 1931 ~ January 31, 2013
ARLINGTON -- Thomas J. Armstrong, 81, passed away on Thursday, January 31, 2013 in Arlington. Funeral: 2:00 p.m. Monday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington with Ron Smith officiating. Interment: Moore Memorial Gardens, Arlington. Visitation: The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Wade Family Funeral Home. Memorials: Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, North Central TX Chapter, 2630 W. Freeway, Suite 100, Ft. Worth, TX 76102, alz.org. Tom was born on May 19, 1931 in Franklin, NC to Albert Horne and Mary Carnes Armstrong, and was later adopted by Samuel Armstrong. He served in the U.S. Air Force during 1950-1954 as Staff Sargeant, Security, intelligence and training primarily in Frankford, Germany. Tom received a B.B.A. at Emory University, an M.P.A. at Indiana University, and an L.L.B.-J.D. at John Marshall University. He worked for the U.S. Government, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from 1957-1982 as Supervisory Financial Analyst/Attorney Advisor; aiding state and local governments in urban planning, citizen housing, water/sewer grants, loans, etc. Tom also served as Area Director of HUD in New Orleans from 1971-1977. He was Southwest Regional Administrator, Fort Worth, responsible for 1500 people in multi states from 1977 to his retirement in 1982. Tom became a partner in Simon Anisman law firm in Ft. Worth as corporate bankruptcy attorney participating in Hunt Oil Company bankruptcy in the 90's. He retired in 1996. Survivors: Loving wife of 54 years, Joyce Ashcraft Armstrong; daughters, Angela Driskill and husband, Kent, Alison Vestal and husband, Jim; grandchildren, Matt Harness, Jake Harness, Sara Driskill, Chris Cogswell and Tyler Vestal.
Our love and prayers go out to Joyce, Angie, Alison and the rest of the family. Tom was a very loved man. He will be missed greatly. We love all of you very much.
Please accept my condolences. May you rely on the God of all comfort during this difficult time. He is near to those broken at heart and those crushed in spirit he saves (Psalm 34:18) God promises that one day death will be no more (Isaiah 25:8 and Revelation 21:3,4)Until then we have the hope of seeing our loved ones again by means of the resurrection (Isaiah 26:19 and Acts 24:15)We can trust these promises because it is impossible for God to lie. (Titus 1:2)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the Lord bless you and help you to find peace & comfort in the precious memories. Tom will be missed greatly, but I suspect he is looking down on his family with honor and pride.
Tom Armstrong was a self made man. He grew up from humble beginnings and never forgot where he came from. There aren’t enough men to look upto anymore, but I really admired Tom. He was a wonderful father-in-law to me. Never a harsh word. I am blessed to have known him these past 23 years. He is already missed. I had the privilege to read several Bible stories to Tom the Sunday previous. Two of the stories were Psalm 22-23. Passages in John and Ephesians. I had the chance to ask Tom if he had asked Jesus into his heart. Tom replied, “many times”. At this stage he would not eat food or drink water, but he did not want me to stop reading God’s Word to him. I kept reading, telling myself I could weep later. He fell asleep and then I could stop. For me, this is very comforting … knowing that I’ll see Tom in Heaven.
I do so miss the long conversations we once had on so many varied subjects. You always had a unique view on current events and past history. I love you Tom and miss you.