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William H. Armstrong
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Birth: Sep. 14, 1914
Lexington (Lexington City County)
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA
Death: Apr. 11, 1999
Connecticut, USA

Teacher, Author. Born the night of a major storm in Lexington, Virginia, William H. Armstrong was the son of Howard Gratton Armstrong and Ida Morris. He was surrounded by history in his home state of Virginia and inevitably his favorite subject became history. He had a difficult time in school, being a small child with asthma and wearing glasses, but his life changed when a teacher in his sixth grade class recognized the quality of one of his homework assignments. He was fortunate to have a mother who read to him every day, and his imagination soared listening to Bible stories. He also heard stories while sitting around his family's kitchen table when he was a child. One story in particular, told by an elderly black man about Argus, the faithful dog of Odysseus, fascinated him; the dog recognized his master when he returned home after being away for twenty long years. This story stayed with him throughout his life and ultimately was the inspiration for his award winning children's book, "Sounder". He taught general studies and ancient history to ninth graders at Kent School in Connecticut for fifty-two years during which time he wrote his first book "Study is Hard Work" in 1956. He went on to write over 15 books, the best known being his beloved book about a poor black sharecropper's family and their faithful dog, "Sounder." 
 
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 Parents:
  Howard Gratton Armstrong (1878 - 1959)
  Ida Mae Morris Armstrong (1884 - 1964)
 
 Siblings:
  Ashley Armstrong Lucas (1904 - 2001)*
  John David Armstrong (1906 - 1907)*
  Goldie Irene Armstrong Johnson (1908 - 1997)*
  Coreta Armstrong Agnor (1913 - 2012)*
  William H. Armstrong (1914 - 1999)
  Glenden Elizabeth Armstrong Scott (1915 - 2011)*
  Eugene Morris Armstrong (1920 - 1941)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Valarie Vine
Record added: Feb 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65968676
William H. Armstrong
Added by: Valarie Vine
 
 
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Beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
- Barbara Chittum Hutchens
 Added: Jul. 6, 2012
In memory of Mr. Armstrong, and his very poignant book "Sounder".
- V
 Added: Feb. 24, 2011
"To pursue excellence in whatever we do----farming, carpentry, teaching, writing (these I have done)---is to find a contentment and order in a world that seems to prefer discontent and disorder." (William H. Armstrong)
- V
 Added: Feb. 21, 2011
 
 
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