Houston Churchwell ‘Buzz’ Armstrong, 74, accomplished musician and photographer

Houston Churchwell ‘Buzz’ Armstrong

HAMPSTEAD — Houston Churchwell “Buzz” Armstrong, 74, peacefully passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center, Wilmington.

He was born Jan. 10, 1947, in Selma, Alabama, to Lamar and Sara Armstrong. He attended Asheville School for Boys, and then graduated with honors from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. Earning his name Buzz in toddlerhood by being hyperactive, he also self-identified as “Zoro,” and dressed the part. Known for his nick-naming abilities and quick quips, he was the master of comebacks and could scramble phrases and words as fast as you could say them.

Buzz was a man of many skills and talents. He was very athletic in his younger years, competing in track and field, specializing in discus, shot put, high jump and pole vaulting. As a child, he would build his own scaled bowling alleys and was a ranked bowler in adulthood, considered semi-pro. Spending time at the family summer house in the mountains of Montreat held a special place in his heart. During those summers, he excelled in tennis and was a tennis instructor.

His love for golf was evident, whether playing a round in his former years or watching it on the screen in the latter. Music was a great love of his also. He was an accomplished musician, playing several string instruments, including piano, sax and electronic keyboard. Another great passion of his was photography, which became one of his professions that lead to an impressive portfolio including Linda Carter “Wonder Woman.”

Buzz is survived by his wife, Peggy, affectionately known as his “Queen Peggy Jean”; daughter, Karen Dowless, and her husband, Mike; son, Shep Richardson Jr., and his wife, Rhonda; daughter, April Kornegay, and her husband, Jamie; eight grandchildren, Kyle, and his wife, Amber, Ryan, Kaylee, Kamryn, Brodie, Jensen, Colby and Reed; one great-grandchild, Violet; two brothers, Dewitt Armstrong, and his wife, Delane, and Lamar Armstrong, and his wife, Marci; sister, Charlotte Armstrong; niece and nephews, Anna, Josh, Eason, Lam and Hinton; as well as two very special fur babies that were his constant companions, Chloe and Zoe.

Buzz loved his family and the Lord; it was evident in what he did and said. He will be missed tremendously, but his memory will be forever in the hearts and minds of those who knew him.

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