Beloved father, cherished grandfather and friend of many, Jerry “Tap” Armstrong, age 76, passed away in Longview, Texas on September 18, 2020. He was born on October 22, 1943 in Marshall, Texas to Jake and Christine (Waldrop) Armstrong. Tap is preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Christine Armstrong; his infant brother; his brothers, Tommy Armstrong and Judge Armstrong and his sister, Geneva Armstrong. He is survived by his daughter, Christy Bouzek and her husband, Matt; and Christy’s mother, Carman Armstrong; his granddaughters, Emily Britt and Kloee Bouzek; his sister, Carolyn Neely; his nephews, Wes Armstrong, Jason Armstrong, David Armstrong, Tim Harris, Kipper Glaze; his niece, Tina Glaze, and numerous family other members and friends who knew and loved him. Tap graduated from Marshall Independent High School in 1963 and proudly served his country in the National Guard for 8 years. He owned and operated Armstrong Wrecker Service until 1996 when his nephew, Jason Armstrong took over the business. He served Harrison County as Precinct #4 County Commissioner, retiring at age 50 from Texas Department of Transportation. He served as past Past Worthy Master of Masonic Blue Lodge, was actively involved with the Demolays, was a member of the Sharon Shrine where he enjoyed participating in their go-cart division. His nephews were responsible for his love of dirt track racing and mud hogging with friends. He also loved rodeos, riding horses, hauling cattle and spending time with his family. Visitation for Tap will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020 from 6-8pm at Meadowbrook Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 11:00am at Meadowbrook Funeral Home with Bob Bryant officiating. Interment will follow at Waldrop Cemetery in Beckville, Texas where he will be laid to rest next to his family. Serving as pallbearers will be Cal Gaines, Steve Roberts, Bubba Lawrence, James Roberson, Steve Phelps, Steven Phelps and Jerry Foley. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Alison Morgan with Our House in Longview; to Patti and Caitlyn, and to Traditions Hospice for the care and love shown to Tap. They would also like to say how grateful they are for the friendship between Tap and Al Stakes. He was the best friend, buddy and neighbor. Tap’s life was well lived, he was well loved and he will be deeply missed by all who were blessed by his friendship and love. Online condolences may be offered at www.meadowbrookfh.com
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