Samuel Robert Armstrong

February 27, 1927June 22, 2012

Armstrong, Samuel Robert, Jr., son of Thomas Luttrell Armstrong and Edith Edington Armstrong, was born February 27, 1927, and died June 22, 2012. He grew up in Fountain City, and upon graduation from Central High School enlisted in the United States Army during the waning months of World War Two and completed a tour of duty with the 6th Mechanized Cavalry in Germany. Returning home, he he graduted from the University of Tennessee and then served once more in the United States Army in Korea with the 3rd Infantry Division, 822nd Heavy Tank Battalion, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. Bob worked for GMAC for thirty-seven years and was a member of Second Presbyterian Church where he served as deacon and elder and was a member of numerous committees. He was most proud, however, of being known as the “biscuit man” when the men of the church prepared breakfast for special congregational events. Having pride in his Scotch-Irish ancestry, Bob participated in a leadership capacity in a number of heritage organizations including charter membership in the Scottish Society of Knoxville, the Armstrong Clan Society, the Scottish American Military Society, the Tarbolton Club, and was one of the early promoters of the Knoxville Pipes and Drums. For a number of years he was a team leader at The Refuge at the Volunteer Ministries Center, was a member of Leadership Knoxville, class of 1999, and received the Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service. He is survived by his wife, Anne Armstrong, step-daughter, Gina Kaeuper and husband Jonathan, son, Jeff Armstrong and wife Melissa, son, Sam Armstrong, daughter, Debby Armstrong, sister, Geneva Parry, and six grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:45 pm on 27th June, 2012 at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel 2300 W Adair Drive, followed by a graveside service at Lynnhurst Cemetery, Rev. Dr. Bryan Wilson officiating. Memorials can be made to Second Presbyterian Church, 2829 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919 or to the Volunteer Ministries Center, P.O. Box 325, 511 N. Broadway, Knoxville, Tennessee 37901. Arrangements by Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 27, 2012
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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July 19, 2012

We will miss one of our most faithful members. We all have many fond memories of Bob from high school and through the years. Our condolences to you Anne and his children.

CHS Class of 1945

Jerry Thomas

June 28, 2012

Anne and family, Bob was one of the nicest people I worked with during my entire career with GMAC. He was liked and respected by everyone.It was my pleasure to have known him.

June 27, 2012

My heartfelt sympathy to the Armstrong family.
June H. Young in Buckingham

Mike Walker

June 27, 2012

Dear Anne and family, our prayers are with you!

We will always hold Bob in our hearts as good man and great friend.

Mike and Star

Benjamin Frazer

June 26, 2012

As CDR of SAMS Post 328 I am so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. He was a fine man who did so much for Scottish Americans in the South East. He will be missed, but more important he will be remembered.
Ben frazer and Family

Ann Donahoe

June 25, 2012

Anne and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. Bob could be a funny guy with a wicked sense of humor which surfaced often in the GMAC workplace. I know you will miss him.

Patsy R.B. Davenport

June 25, 2012

Anne and family, love and condolences to each of you as you travel this journey of grief.We all loved him and you!

John McClure

June 25, 2012

Being with Bob was always a joy for me. His kindness and gentle humor helped put many a Highland Games competition in proper perspective. His was always the smiling face and the helping hand. At Gatlinburg, Glasgow, Loch Norman, Charleston, Stone Mountain and many more, year after year, he was there to serve. In so many ways, he kept the faith.

Roby Wray

June 25, 2012

Bob was like a father me. He gave sage advice, always had a good sense of humor. Jeff you are my oldest friend, you and your family have my prayers and love.

Bea Terry

June 25, 2012

Anne and Jeff,
We know how blessed we are to have called Bob our friend. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during the days and weeks ahead. May knowing be a comfort to each of you.
Bea and Glenn Terry