|Birth: ||Feb. 3, 1914|
|Death: ||Aug. 19, 1932|
Epworth Outing Ends in Tragedy
Eugene Armstrong, son of Geo. H. Armstrong, met death in the Illinois river between 8 and 9 o'clock Friday evening, August 19th. In company with members of the Epworth League, of which he was a member, they were on a weenie roast and swimming [illegible] the accident occurred. The unfortunate boy was a poor swimmer but had no fear of danger as it was thought the water was shallow. In company with Bill Waldroop he was standing on a tree root when both boys slipped and plunged into a deep hole which, no doubt had recently been formed from high water. The unfortunate boy sank in water 10 or 12 feet deep and it was impossible to rescue him in time to save his life. Members of the party administered first aid, and after 3 hours effort Dr. Rogers pronounced him dead.
The deceased was a member of the Methodist church, Sunday School, Epworth League and the recently formed Bible class. His friends were numbered by his acquaintances and in every stop in life it was not to follow the crowd but to walk in the path laid down by his Saviour. He was a constant student of the Bible and his greatest pleasure was in doing the will of his Master.
At the time of his death he was 18 years, 6 months, and 16 days of age. He was laid to rest in the Baptist Mission cemetery Sunday afternoon amidst a host of friends [illegible]. Rev. Webb of Siloam Springs delivered the funeral sermon, while the funeral arrangements was in charge of the Wasson Undertaking company. The pall bearers, all members of the League, were Loren Pulliam, Titus Chinn, Wm. Saywell, Kenneth Anderson, Wm. Waldroop and Claud Pearcy. The League choir rendered the deceased boys favorite hymn, "In the Garden."
The Watts Journal, August 26, 1932
A Former Craig County Boy Drowned in the Illinois
Eugene, 18-year old son of Geo. H. Armstrong of Watts, Okla., was drowned in the Illinois river Friday evening August 19, 1932. Eugene will be remembered by Bluejacket and Centralia citizens where Mr. Armstrong had newspapers some years ago. Eugene was a leader in church and Sunday school, Epworth League and the Young People's Bible class of Watts and was in high school last year. He was drowned while on e young people's picnic and swim on the river.
There survive the father, two sisters and three brothers. The mother died in Miami a number of years ago and was buried in the G.A.R. cemetery. Gene was active in all of the young peoples' activities in watts and will be missed by them and his many friends. The host of friends of Bluejacket and Centralia extend their sympathy.
Watchman, Welch, Oklahoma, reprinted in The Watts Journal, August 26, 1932
George H. Armstrong
Baptist Mission Cemetery
Created by: Luke Williams
Record added: Jan 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83500026