Hugh Armstrong | Obituary | Athens Daily Review

Hugh Armstrong | Obituary | Athens Daily Review

Hugh Armstrong

Funeral services for Hugh Armstrong, 84, of Athens are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2024, at Athens First Methodist Church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Chris Harrison with Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in charge.
Hugh died on July 6, 2024 in Athens.
Hugh Edward Armstrong was born on July 18, 1939, in Paris, Texas, to Elvis Hugh Armstrong and Eula Belle (Atwood) Armstrong. He graduated from Paris High School in 1958. Hugh then attended North Texas State University (University of North Texas), where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. Hugh was also a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. The best thing that happened to Hugh at North Texas was meeting the love of his life, Carol. Hugh and Carol began a relationship that culminated in sixty wonderful years of marriage and a fulfilling life full of love and happiness.
After graduating from North Texas, Hugh enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country from 1962 to 1968 as a long-range artillery specialist.
Hugh began his professional career in sales with RJ Reynolds in Jackson, Mississippi. After several years in Mississippi, Hugh and Carol moved back to Texas where Hugh began a successful 32-year career with Texas Power and Light. There were many transfers in the early stages of Hugh’s career, but he immersed himself in each city he worked and lived in, making lifelong friendships at each stop. Hugh was transferred for the last time in 1982 to Athens, where he served as a district manager until his retirement in 2002.
Hugh believed community service was essential and was committed to making Athens a better place in every way. He served on numerous boards in Athens and the East Texas area. He also served as president of organizations such as the Athens Chamber of Commerce, the Athens Economic Development Corporation, and the Rotary Club of Athens, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow. Hugh was named Athens Citizen of the Year in 1987.
Hugh was a lifelong Christian with a deep faith in the Lord. He was a dedicated member of Athens First Methodist Church for 42 years, serving in every capacity.
Hugh loved sports of all kinds, playing golf and working in his garden. However, he was happiest when he was with his family. His deep love for Carol and his children Angela and Blake was always evident. Hugh adored his three grandchildren, Avery, Alec and Pierce. He regularly attended their events and was a positive and loving force in their lives.
Hugh was a humble, kind and selfless man. He lived his life well and we will miss him forever and ever.
His parents and his two brothers Donald and Kenneth Armstrong died before him.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Carol Armstrong of Athens, two children, Angela Johnson and her husband Chris of Rockwall, Blake Armstrong and his wife Kelli of Tyler, three grandchildren, Avery, Alec and Pierce Armstrong, three siblings, Louise Loggins of Sulphur Springs, Betty Toland of Paris, Jackie Armstrong and his wife Sherrye of Forney and his sister-in-law Genice Armstrong of Norman, Oklahoma, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Hugh’s memory to the East Texas Arboretum or a local charity of your choice.
Arrangements for the funeral have been entrusted to the family by Hannigan Smith Funeral Home.

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