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James Armstrong, 74, died on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at his home in Taylor. Private services were held June 7.

He was born James Taylor Witt on June 10, 1937, in Irvine, Ky., to Pearl and Clarence Witt. He was adopted by his stepfather, Herman Armstrong, after his father’s passing and his mother remarried, becoming James Armstrong. He was raised in Kentucky and Indiana with his five younger siblings, William (Bill), Carol, Lois, Ray, Ruth Ann and

James served five years in the Navy, where he would meet the mother of his children, Mary (Lynne) Balcazar. They would have four children, James Jr. (Skip), Dorene (Dee), Brian and David.

In 1974 he would meet his wife, Lezlie Armstrong and would become father to her two children, Robert and Christina. They would be married on his birthday, June 10, 1987, specifically so he would never be able to forget the date.

He is grandfather to Benny, Chris and Billie Barker, Levi Armstrong and Hannah Armstrong, and Great-Grandfather to Samantha and Justin O’Brien.

On Oct. 4, 1994, he would become grandfather to Austin Cook. He would not only help raise him for the next 17 years, but would also say that after having a heart attack and almost dying, that Austin gave him his reason to keep living. Thank you, Austin.

His family is still curious as to the answers to the following questions:

After all the years of threats, they would like to know what “jerking a knot” would actually feel like.

What would actually happen if they did make a peep?

Was he right that there were no doctors or lawyers in Heaven?

Why did he always blame the dog?

Where did he hide the Jack?

P.S. Ha Ha…they found your wallet.

He will be greatly missed by them all.

Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.