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The Passing of Dr. Armstrong

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the pillars of our humble church--Dr. Charles Wesley Armstrong, Ph. D.. Dr. Armstrong was called to his eternal rest on Friday, December 21, 2001. Funeral services were held on Dec 28. A member of Flipper Chapel since reluctantly fleeing his war-torn homeland of Liberia in the early 1990s, Dr. Armstrong served on the Board of Christian Education, the Church School Board and attended Bible Study regularly. He personally supervised the organization of Flipper's Rev. Elijah Hill Memorial Reading Room and Library. Gifted with a wealth of knowledge and poignant spiritual reflection, he often lectured to our youth during the Children's Hour segment of the weekly Sunday morning worship service. Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Armstrong had held many notable posts, served on many boards, published numerous books and articles, received several accolades and honors, and was highly active in the United Methodist Church of Liberia. Born at Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County on January 3, 1930 he was educated in Liberia and reared in the United Methodist Church. Dr. Armstrong obtained his B.S. in secondary education at the University of Liberia (1957) and his M.L.S. from the School of Library Science at Syracuse University in New York (1967). He received an Advanced Certificate (1967) and his Ph. D.(1971) in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh (PA). Dr. Armstrong began his professional career as an assistant librarian at the University of Liberia in Monrovia in 1958 and, after holding several titles within the department, became Director of Libraries at that institution; a post he held from 1972 to 1984. He was also the founder, professor, and director of the Institute of Librarianship; responsible for the training of non-professional librarians for several West African nations. During this same period, (1956-1990) Dr. Armstrong served as an instructor/professor at several Liberian institutions of learning. In 1990, due to turmoil after the outbreak the Liberian Civil War, the University of Liberia ceased to operate. Facing considerable peril, Dr. Armstrong and family were forced to abandon their home and resettle in Tallhassee. He is survived by his wife, Sis. Ruth B. Armstrong, daughters Evangeline, Elizabeth (Meata) and Lucille, a sister and several grandchildren, nephews, neices, other relatives and a host of friends and loved ones. He will surely be missed by one and all and leaves as his legacy our heartfelt faith in this, Dr. Armstrong's favorite passage: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

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