Gladys Edna Creel Armour

December 21, 1919May 28, 2012

Gladys Edna Creel Armour, of Birmingham and Athens, Georgia, died on Monday, May 28, 2012. She was born in Warrior, Alabama, on December 21, 1919, the daughter of Pearl and James Creel.

She attended the University of Alabama and was graduated in 1942 with a Bachelors degree in education. She was married to the late Captain Bernard Murray Armour of New York.

Mrs. Armour taught in the Jefferson County School System for over 35 years. Her last position was as a sixth grade teacher at Bluff Park Elementary School. She loved teaching and always referred to her students as "my children".

She was a faithful member of Bluff Park United Methodist Church for over 60 years. She was a member of Sunset Rock DAR, UDC, and Colonial Dames assuming not only the role of a member, but also an officer. Mrs. Armour was an active member of the Shades Crest Literary Club, Hoover Historical Society, United Federation of Women's Clubs, and the Freedoms Foundation. Mrs. Armour is remembered for these affiliations as well as her love of watching Alabama football games. Her friends and family remember her for her intellect, sense of humor, infectious smile, generous spirit, culinary talents, flower gardening, and for being a gracious hostess who enjoyed entertaining.

Mrs. Armour was pre-deceased by her husband, parents, five sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth (Libbie) Armour Levine Raschen and husband David B. Raschen, of Decatur, Alabama; and Beverly Armour Searcy and husband Charles Searcy, of Athens, Georgia; grandchildren, Eve Borkenhagen and husband Keith Borkenhagen, of Stone Mountain, Georgia; Brett Levine and wife Mindi Shapiro Levine of San Franciso; Brecca Searcy Pope and husband Andrew Pope of Thomasville, Georgia; and Erin Searcy of Mexico Beach, Florida; great-grandchildren Caroline and Claire Pope, of Thomasville, Georgia.

Visitation at Ridout Valley Chapel, Oxmoor Road, Homewood will be Friday, June 1, 2012, 5:00-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 2, 2012, 10:00-11:00 a.m. The funeral will follow at Ridout Valley Chapel on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., with internment at New Bethel Cemetery in Warrior, Alabama at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Armour's family requests that remembrances be made to one of the organizations in which she was a member and loved so dearly.

Services are under the direction of Ridout’s Valley Chapel (879-3401) Homewood. On line condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Friday, June 1, 2012
  • Visitation Saturday, June 2, 2012

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Peggy Townsend

October 8, 2012

Elizabeth, I don't know if you remember me? I ued to sit behind you in your Mom's class at Bluff Park. I loved to listen to her read to us after lunch; she was my favorite teacher. She will be greatly missed. God Bless you and your family. Kindest regards, Peggy Hatten Townsend ( Folkestone, Kent, UK)

June 3, 2012

Mrs, Armour was my fifth grade teacher.
She was one of my mothers friends in DAR.
She read wonderful stories to us after lunch with her great voice. Best teacher I ever had! I loved her-
My sympathies are with you, her family.
Leigh Knight Williams

Mary Buttram Young

June 2, 2012

This message is on behalf of my mother, Rebecca Eppes Buttram. She and Edna were dear friends since they were in junior high school together. They finished high school the same year at Warrior High and remained lifelong friends. Our family has very happy memories of times with Edna, Libby, and Beverly. She was a beautiful lady in every way.

June 2, 2012

I am sorry to read of your mother's passing. May you have all the comfort that can be found in her memory. I see from the entries I have read that she was loved and respected. I was so happy to see that among her survivors is a daughter, "Libbie". You and I have known each other for a long time. 2012 will be the 50 year reunion of the class of 62. I hope you and David are very happy, in Decatur?? May you have all that is good and happy in your lives together. I would love to hear from you. Charles Howard (Gardendale, AL)

Julie Ponder Davis

June 1, 2012

I just wanted you all to know that I truly loved and admired your mother and grandmother. She was my 6th grade homeroom and English teacher at Bluff Park Elementary school in the early 80s. She was so kind and gentle - I even visited her as a student at Birmingham-Southern College - as an English major. I eventually earned a law degree. I would not have been able to accomplish what I did without her influence both as a teacher and person.

She was a lovely wonderful person and I know you will miss her greatly. If I didn't live in Houston, I would come today.

God Bless you and your family.

Julie Ponder Davis

Judy Dozier Flick

June 1, 2012

To a wonderful teacher with the most beautiful voice.