|Birth: ||Feb. 28, 1925|
|Death: ||Jul. 16, 2014|
Brownlee "Brownie" Armstrong
February 28, 1925 - July 16, 2014
Cumberland, MD - Brownlee Armstrong, of McMullen Hwy, went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Devlin Manor Health Care Center at the age of 89, with his wife, Bettie, by his side. Brownlee was born in Cumberland on February 28, 1925, the son of the late Clement Ritchide Armstrong and Hazel (Adams) Armstrong.
Brownlee is survived by his loving wife of 67 years: Bettie Lee (Kemp) Armstrong; his daughter: Christine K. (Armstrong) Lee and husband, Steven, Grand Island, NE; and his sons: Ronald S. Armstrong and wife, June, Stevens, PA; Stephen D. Armstrong and wife, Terre, Green Spring, WV; and Leonard P. Armstrong and wife, Michele, Richmond, VA. He was grandfather to ten grandchildren: Eric Lee, Michael Lee, Amy (Armstrong) Duncan, Jason Armstrong, Angela (Armstrong) Bowman, Alan Armstrong, Jeremy Armstrong, Megan (Armstrong) Schauer, Jennifer (Armstrong) Nichols, and Jaclyn (Armstrong) Hurst; and great-grandfather to 15 children. He is also survived by his sister: Lucille (Armstrong) Stair, his brother: C. William Armstrong and wife, Emma Lee, all of McMullen Hwy, and numerous nieces and nephews. Brownlee was preceded in death by his five older brothers: John, Neil, Harold, James, and Glenn Armstrong. Brownlee was the sixth of eight children, all of whom spent their early childhood on their father's 175-acre dairy farm in the Potomac Valley near Rawlings, MD.
All were active participants in the many tasks entailed by the herd of milk cows and various animals, as well as crop production.
At the age of 19 and with the manpower requirements of World War II in full demand, Brownlee was drafted into the U.S. Army. He became a member of the 32nd Chemical Mortar Battalion and was soon shipped to the European war campaign. His Mortar Squad was engaged for five months along the Rhine River, launching mortars at the enemy for days at a time. His last duty was in Czechoslovakia.
After the end of World War II, Brownlee returned home and found employment working at the Kelly Springfield Tire Company, a position he held for 42 years, most of which was spent as a tire builder. His fellow employees had deep respect for his work ethic.
After marrying the love of his life, Bettie, in 1947, the couple raised four children and built a home on part of the family farm.
Brownlee was a lifetime member of Rawlings United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities. For over thirty years, he served as groundskeeper at the church, regularly mowing the large grounds.
In addition, Brownlee was an active member of the Potomac Valley Lions Club, performing volunteer service for many years.
In recognition of his dedicated service, Brownlee was honored with the Melvin Jones Fellow Award from Lions Clubs International Foundation.
An avid hunter and fisherman throughout his lifetime, Brownlee greatly enjoyed outdoor pursuits. He was a member of the Knobley Mountain Properties Hunt Club, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and the NRA.
In his later years, Brownlee developed into a talented woodworker, enjoying spending time in his garage building items such as swings, picnic tables, and bird feeders, many of which were given away to family, friends, and local organizations. He was also known by many as the "Buckwheat King," serving countless buckwheat cakes to family, friends, and church members. Brownlee also enjoyed working on daily crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and reading novels. Brownlee lived life to the fullest and will be remembered for his profound dedication to his family and friends, his Church, his work, and for leaving a wonderful legacy worthy of emulation by all.
Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland, MD, on Sunday, July 20, 2014, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and from 7:00 P.M., to 9:00 P.M. A funeral service will be conducted at the Rawlings United Methodist Church on Monday, July 21, 2014, at 11:00 A.M.
The family will also receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap.
Pallbearers will be Brownie's five grandsons, Eric, Michael, Jason, Alan, and Jeremy, and great-grandson, Codey. Honorary pallbearers will be Dave Haines, Leroy Witt, Phil Whetstone, Clem Armstrong, Brad Marker, and Russ VanMeter. Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by the Post #13 Veterans Honor Guard.
The Armstrong family would like to express their sincerest appreciation to the staff at Devlin Manor for their kindness and devotion to Brownlee over the past two-and-a-half years. The family also requests that donations be made to the Rawlings United Methodist Church.
Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery
Created by: Marion Steiding-Chappell
Record added: Jul 18, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 132977282
Uncle Brownie, I know you are in Heaven rejoicing in the Glory of the Lord. What a wonderful reunion there must be been when you arrived. Rest in peace. Will see you again some day.|
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Brownlee was drafted into the U.S. Army. He became a member of the 32nd Chemical Mortar Battalion and was soon shipped to the European war campaign. His Mortar Squad was engaged for five months along the Rhine River, launching mortars at the enemy for day...(Read more)|
Added: Jul. 18, 2014