William D. Armstrong, 70, of Bonita Springs, Fla., died Thursday, September 20, 2012, at North Collier Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Providence, Ky. on April 16, 1942, a son of the late James L. and Lorene M. (Pritchett) Armstrong Sr. William grew up in Elizabethton, where he graduated from Elizabethton High School, Class of 1950. He also attended East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.
William proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1961 through 1965. He moved to Bonita Springs in 1971 from Johnson City, to join the family business. His late uncle, Bill Armstrong founded the Bonita Springs Insurance Agency in 1963. William took over the agency in the 70s and successfully served as President until his death. He was a member of the Fort Myers Beach Masonic Lodge No. 362 F. & A.M.; a member of the Shriners and the Florida Bowlers Association.
He is survived by loving wife, Ruth A. Armstrong of Bonita Springs, Fla.; daughter, Angela Armstrong Berner of Bonita Springs, Fla.; two sons, Douglas J. (Teresa D.) Armstrong of Lehigh, Fla. and David W. (Lee Ann) Armstrong of Bonita Springs, Fla.; brother, Bennett F. (Rose Marie) Armstrong of Johnson City and 3 adoring grandchildren, Dawson Berner, Shannon Berner and Naomi Ruth Kincheloe. Also surviving are three brothers-in-law; Robert “Bob” Sampson (Brenda) of Johnson City, Paul L. Sampson (Annette) of Dandridge, and Norman Tester of Isle of Capri, Fla.; three sisters-in-law, Peggy Armstrong of Columbus, N.C., Naomi J. Sampson and Rev. Sarah Wells (Vernon) of Johnson City, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James L. Armstrong Jr. and two sisters, Martha Lou Tester and Zeolutus E. Armstrong.
The family will receive friends Monday, September 24, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home, 28300 So. Tamiami Tr. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home, with Rev. Sarah C. Wells, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Bonita Springs Cemetery.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607, or online at www.shrinershospitals.org. Arrangements are being handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home, (239) 992-4982.