Andrew Jacob Armstrong was born March 15, 1930. His parents were Clarence Avery and Vera Aylese Ballard Armstrong. Clarence was born in Gaston County, North Carolina in 1898. Vera was born in Stanley, North Carolina. Andrew was born in Gaston County.
Armenta Jo Redus was born in Pearsall, Texas on May 22, 1929. Her parents were Delma Schmidt and Lora Rumfield Redus. Delma was born in Hondo, Texas in 1898. Lora was born in Covey Chapel, near Dilley, Texas. Delma's father, George Redus, herded sheep in Dimmit County in the early 1900's.
Andrew and Armenta Jo first met in 1949. Andrew was in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. Armenta Jo was attending Mary Hardin Baylor College in Belton, Texas. They were married May 27, 1950, and spent two years in southern Germany with the U.S. Army of Occupation.
The Armstrong's traveled in Austria, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, and Switzerland. Andrew served in the military for six and one-half years. He served as personnel sergeant major and instructor in the Adjutant General's School, with one year in Korea and Japan.
The Armstrong's lived in Dilley, Texas, Armenta Jo's home town, from September of 1953 until November of 1958. At that time they moved to Carrizo Springs and bought a home from Sam Branbo at 103 South 12th Street, where they reside today.
Andrew and Mr. Redus purchased the Wilson-Speed Chevrolet Company, formerly Al Vivian Chevrolet, at 307 Nopal Street. This business was sold to Carl Schmidt in November of 1970. Andrew, a former president of the Dimmit county Chamber of commerce, was employed as the full-time manager in February of 1971.
The Armstrongs had four children: David Redus born May 31, 1951; Michael Andrew born in Germany on December 13, 1952; Joe Andene born May 11, 1956; and Kyle Forrest born January 20, 1960. All graduated from Carrizo Springs High School, with David and Michael leading the golf team to district, regional, and state honors and securing scholarships in that sport at Howard Payne College and the University of Houston, respectively. Andene was a delegate to Girls State and honor student in high school and at Texas W omens University. Kyle is now attending Southwest Texas Junior College at Uvalde, Texas.
All members of the family are members of the First Baptist Church of Carrizo Springs. Andrew has served in all areas of civic service, including District Governor of Lions International District 2-A2, covering the San Antonio and south Texas area, with 72 clubs in all. He has attended six international conventions.
Armenta Jo has taught in the public schools for over 27 years. She served as Worthy Matron of Sarah Chapter 353, Order of the Easter Star, and is president of Delta Kappa Gamma society.
Andrew is twice Past Master of Dimmit Lodge #566, AF&AM and served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas in 1973-1974. He has held all offices of the Lions Clubs in Dilley and Carrizo Springs and has 25 years of perfect attendance. Also he has served and Commander and Adjutant of Clarence Mobley American Legion Post 359; trustee of Dimmit Memorial Hospital; chairman of the Building Committee for the Dimmit County Medical Center; chairman of the Industrial Team to promote the clothing factory; president of South Texas Chamber Managers Association; Eagle Scout scoutmaster; precinct chairman and election judge; president of the Golf Club during construction of the new course in 1963-1964; member of San Antonio Commandry, Knights Templar; and Worthy Patron of Eastern Star.
Andrew Jacob Armstrong - Carrizo Springs.