ted to the Shenandoah area, where he began working in the local nursery's. He eventually became a supervisor for a local nursery until the late 70's. Earl eventually made his home in Essex where he continued to live until his illness forced him into a nursing home. Some of Earl's passions included fishing, riding horses, attending country music shows, playing cards and spending time with his family. In most recent years, Earl came to love his recent weekly visits from his dear friend Jerry Crandall. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty Armstrong; sister, Leona Walford; son, John Armstrong; and granddaughter Claire McKinney. Those left to honor is memory include his children, Kenneth Armstrong and wife Michelle of Essex; Betty Jo Phillips and husband Terry of Shenandoah; Bert Armstrong and Troy Armstrong both of Shenandoah; 5 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.