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Obituaries for February 7, 2013; John Armstrong, Martie Purdy

John Armstrong
    John E. Armstrong, age 81, formerly of Cape Girardeau, Mo., passed away Jan. 31, 2013, at Autumn Breeze Health Care Center in Marietta, Ga., after declining health since May of 2012.
    He was born August 1, 1931, to John T. and Esther Armstrong in Chicago, Il. The family then lived in Iowa and moved on to Wappapello, Mo. He was married to Arlette Marie Christophe in 1965. She preceded him in death in September of 1988.
    Mr. Armstrong graduated from College of the Ozarks in Arkansas, majoring in Education and Sociology. He was a school teacher, also a counselor for the Vocation of Rehabilitation in Cape Girardeau, worked in maintenance at the old Floresheim Shoe Factory in Cape, did security work, sales at Argos Package Store and retired from JAMP Special Education in southern Illinois.
    Survivors include his daughter, Michele Armstrong Chandler, Canton, Ga.; and three special siblings, Wilaneta Pieroni, Peoria, Il., Carole Richard, Wappapello, and Dean Armstrong, also of Wappapello. Two dear nieces and seven dear nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at Ford & Sons on Monday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m.

Martie Purdy
    Martha (Martie) Wilson Purdy, age 82 of Jasper, Ga., passed away quietly at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital on the afternoon of Jan.31, 2013, following a brief illness.
    Martie was a native of Covington, Ky. She and her husband of 59 years, Joe Purdy, were residents of Lawrenceville, Ga., for 18 years before moving to Bent Tree in 1990.
    Martie was a retired first grade school teacher who loved teaching children to read. After retirement, she dedicated herself as a volunteer tutoring adults who desired to learn and improve their reading skills. She was a selfless person, giving herself to many church ministries, charitable and community causes, and was always ready to encourage someone in need.        Martie was a devoted Christian woman, beloved wife and treasured mother of four sons, Dan and wife Sandy of Fort Mill, S.C., Tim of Tomball, Tx., Mike of Bethlehem, Ga., and Patrick and wife Amy of Newton, N.C. She was a grandmother of four, great-grandmother of one and a wonderful friend and neighbor to many in her church and community.
    Martie’s family and friends gathered at Trinity Church on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 3, for a memorial service celebrating her life.