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Lucius Armstrong Jr.

Armstrong Jr., Lucius Age 71, beloved husband, father, grandfather, son and friend passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Central Arkansas Veterans Hospital after a battle with prostate cancer. Lucius was born December 22, 1941. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois and attended Marshall high school where he played basketball. He entered the Air Force and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied Fine Arts and then joined the Chicago Police Department. He later received ministry credentials for biblical studies. Lucius loved abstract painting, reading books and teaching the word of God. He always had pep in his step and a love for life and this helped him to easily make friends everywhere he went. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth (nee Stephens); children, Lucréia (Mondale) Smith, Lucius (Kimberly) Armstrong III, Anthony (Belinda) Marentic, Akeem Armstrong, Ameer Armstrong; grandchildren, David, Lucius D, Lavarius and Malik Armstrong, Anthony Jr., Arianna, Aaron, Andre and Alexis Marentic; parents, Margaret and Henry Hardy and siblings, Ruth (Charles) Taylor, Earl (Patricia) Armstrong, Edward Armstrong, Robert Armstrong, Janice Borders and Raymond (Ingrid) Hardy and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be Friday, September 6, 2013 11:00-5:00 at A.O. Smith Funeral Home, 805 Thomas St. Stamps, Arkansas 71860. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:00 am at Spirit Led Fellowship Church 1355 E. North St. Magnolia, Arkansas 71753. Interment will be at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to one of the following: The , cancer.org; The Prostate Cancer Foundation, pfc.org; or The Central Arkansas Veterans Hospital in Little Rock Arkansas, littlrockva.gov.

Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Aug. 30, 2013
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