Wakefield '60 Classmates: In Memoriam

Beverley "Booty" Wilkes Armstrong
b: 2/27/1943     d: 6/1/2011

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Beverley Armstrong picture BEVERLEY ARMSTRONG; Homeroom Veep 2, Secretary 4; National Honor Society 3, 4; Spanish Honor Society 2, 3; Chi Hi-Y 3, Spanish Club 2, 3; Moonwatch 4; Indoor Track 2, 3; Outdoor Track 2.
Beverley Armstrong pictureThe Richmond Times-Dispatch from June 3 to June 4, 2011
Beverley Wilkes "Booty" Armstrong, born February 27, 1943 in Arlington, Virginia to Sarah Maupin Wilkes and John Franklin Armstrong, passed away peacefully at home in Richmond on June 1, 2011 after a prolonged illness.  From his early years and throughout his life, Booty demonstrated leadership ability, intelligence, resilience, and love for his family.  He attended Wakefield High School and then continued his education at the University of Virginia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in 1964.  He went on to pursue a Masters of Business at the Colgate Darden School of Business where he met most of his lifelong friends and colleagues.  His many years of business experience spans various industries, including Wheat First Securities, Southern States Major League Bowling, and AMF Bowling, a venture he entered with long time friend and partner, William H Goodwin, Jr.  Beverley used his enthusiasm for business to contribute to the city that he loved.  He was a strong supporter of the revitalization of downtown Richmond and many other aspects of his city.  He served on the Board of Trustees for the Community Foundation of Richmond and Venture Richmond and held various positions on the Boards of St. Catherine's School, Elk Hill Farm, the Don Secours-Richmond Health Care Foundation, and the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation.   He served on corporate boards for Texas City Refining, the Richmond Sun Trust Bank, and Exeter Capital Management.  Booty was also the past Chairman of the Capital Region Airport Commission, a position he only recently resigned.  Booty attributed his business success to the University of Virginia.  He was a trustee of both the Colgate Darden School of Business Foundation and the College of Arts and Science Foundation.  A member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Booty served on the vestry and as superintendent of the Sunday School when his children were young.  Booty was loved and respected by his family.  He is survived by his daughters, Sarah Armstrong Hamlin and her husband, Frank Mallory Hamlin of Dallas, Texas and Frances Armstrong Ladd and her husband, Edward Bradford Ladd, Jr. of Mobile, Alabama.  He leaves behind his six grandchildren in whom he took extra delight: Elizabeth Wilkes Hamlin, John Thompson Hamlin, Henry Talbott Hamlin, Frances Campbell Ladd, Edward Bradford Ladd, III and Sarah Ruffm Ladd.  He is also survived by his loving wife, Carol Comstock Armstrong, a sister, Sally A. Schweers; and many relatives who will miss him.  The family wishes to thank the many friends and caregivers who supported Booty and his family over the years. All of the doctors and staff of MD Anderson, Dr. Tom Smith and the nurses Booty loved at MCV and Stony Point; Carol's two sons, John and Greg, and more recently, his many caregivers.  A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Saturday June 4 at 2 p.m. with burial to follow at Hollywood Cemetery.  A reception will be held at the Commonwealth Club of Virginia afterwards.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Booty Armstrong Memonal Endowment at the Community Foundation of Richmond, 7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 110, Richmond, Virginia 23225.

2011 Wakefield Class of 1960 and Wakefield Education Foundation (information@wakefieldalumni.org)