Jimmie Marion Armstrong, 89, loving husband of 51 years to the late Ruby Gilmore Armstrong (Janice) entered peacefully into rest on September 30th, 2022 at his daughter’s home. Visitation will be Sunday, October 2 at 3pm at Thomas Poteet & Son.
Jimmie was born on December 25th, 1932 in Washington County and grew up in Louisville, Georgia where he attended Louisville Academy. He was a stand out as a running back, as well defensively, for his high school football team. He was an integral part of the 1950 state championship team. Jimmie was also quite the sprinter on the track team. He ran a speedy 100-yard dash. After graduating in 1953 he joined the National Guard reserves and became a Sergeant. He worked various jobs to put himself through college at the University of Georgia and John Marshall University, graduating with a degree in law. Jimmie was a talented artist and enjoyed learning about and seeing military aircraft and ships. He visited several warship and airfield sites through his adulthood. He was also given an opportunity of a lifetime when Janice gifted him a certificate for Phase 1 of the Air Combat Tactics and Maneuvering program at Sky Warriors, where he was able to fly an aerial laser combat mission.
Jimmie began dating Janice when he agreed to help out a friend who got sick and couldn’t go on a date. Jimmie agreed to go on the date as his proxy and the rest is history. He and Janice married on December 22, 1956. His professional career was spent working for the Georgia Department of Transportation procuring land for road development. He provided a wonderful life for his family working for the DOT; however, his passion was coaching. He was an offensive line coach for local high school feeder teams. He also loved girls’ basketball and volunteered his time for many years for local teams in Smyrna.
Later in life, his joy was spending time with his three grandchildren. The highlight of his week was picking them up and taking them out to eat every Wednesday. He loved nothing more than sitting in his chair and watching his beloved Georgia Bulldogs. He was an avid Dawg fan, however, he found it in his heart to begrudgingly watch the tigers when one of his grandsons decided to attend Clemson University.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice and his daughter, Michelle Brown. He is survived by his daughter, Renee Kelly, three grandchildren Logan, Preston, and Sydney Kelly, a brother-in-law and lifelong friend, Harry Gilmore, Jr. and his family, two sisters, Lyn Lurich and Carol Pantet and a brother, Charles Baker.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made toward the establishment of the Jimmie M. Armstrong scholarship at Davidson Fine Arts School, 615 12th St. Augusta, GA 30901.
Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at