|Birth: ||Mar. 4, 1927|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 29, 2010|
Olin F. Armentrout, 83, of Max Meadows, Va., passed away at his home Wednesday, December 29, 2010. He was born March 4, 1927, in Wilcoe, W.Va. The funeral service and celebration of his life will be held on Monday, January 3, 2011 at Max Meadows United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.
He was a World War II veteran having served in the United States Army Air Force as part of the occupational forces on the island of Okinawa. As part of his military training he attended both Virginia Tech and Duquesne University and after military service he attended Emory and Henry College.
He was a retired rural mail carrier with 32 years of federal service. He held national office in the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association having been elected to the offices of secretary treasurer, vice president, and president.
He maintained a beef cattle farm until his death. He took pride in his livestock and farm and enjoyed the opportunities to interact with his fellow cattlemen and partner with his son, Mark. He believed he was a steward of the land and it was his responsibility to pass it on to future generations in better shape than when he started.
He was deeply involved in his community. He was passionate about bringing higher education to the citizens of Wythe, Bland, Grayson, and Smyth counties. He served as a member of the Steering Committee securing approval for a two-year college in Wytheville, which opened in the fall of 1963 as a branch of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Over the years he served an unprecedented five terms on the Wytheville Community College Board serving as both Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board. Through the years, he received numerous recognitions or his service to the college including the "Presidential Medal of Merit" in 2003, an Honorary Associate Degree in Humane Letters in 2004 and in 2005 he was honored as the first-ever recipient of the "Chairman's Award for Meritorious Service by the State Board for Community Colleges". His involvement in higher education also extended to the Holston Conference Methodist colleges as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Another benefactor of his community service included his involvement in the establishment of Wythe County Community Hospital in 1968. He also served as a member of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors where his most lasting accomplishment was bringing county water and sewer service to the Max Meadows/ Fort Chiswell area. He received the outstanding Citizen of the Year award from the WythevilleWythe-Bland Chamber of Commerce in December 2004.
He was the sole surviving charter member of the Max Meadows Ruritan Club founded in 1951 and was a past national director. In 2001 he was recognized for his 50 years of Dedicated Community Service and he remained actively involved up to the time of his passing.
As a young adult, Olin served as a Boy Scout leader and inspired several young men to pursue their dreams beyond their small local community. He was particularly proud when his grandson, Jordan King, completed his Eagle Scout requirements.
His love of his Risen Lord and Savior and service to Him extended beyond the local church, serving as the Conference Lay Leader of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church which encompasses East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. He was a voting delegate at the national assembly, which merged the Methodist Church and United Brethren Church in Dallas in 1968.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William S. and Bess Danner Armentrout; a sister Frankye D. Armentrout; and a brother, William V. (Jake) Armentrout.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Rowena Todd Armentrout, of the home; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Allene Collins, of Abingdon, Va., and Margaret Ann and Charles Carper, of Colonial Heights, Va.; one brother and sister-in-law, James and Helen Armentrout, of Gray, Tenn.; his son, Mark Armentrout and wife, Debby, of Alpharetta, Ga.; and daughter, Susan King and husband, Ed, of Collierville, Tenn. Five grandchildren also survive, Judson Armentrout and wife, Katie, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Joshua Armentrout, of Atlanta, Ga., Carrie Armentrout, of Indianapolis, Ind., Claire Armentrout, of Alpharetta, Ga., and Jordan King, of Nashville, Tenn.
The family will receive friends Sunday, January 2, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations be made to the Wytheville Community College Educational Foundation or the Max Meadows United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.
Source: Roanoke Times on January 2, 2011
William St. Clair Armentrout (1892 - 1960)
Bess Danner Armentrout (1894 - 1994)
Rowena Todd Armentrout (1923 - 2012)
Frankye D Armentrout (1913 - 2003)*
Olin F. Armentrout (1927 - 2010)
Olin F. Armentruot (1927 - 2010)*
Saint Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery (Sauers)
Created by: Gwen Williams
Record added: Nov 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101272596