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Ellis Kay Armstrong

October 31, 1938 February 19, 2019
Ellis Kay Armstrong
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Obituary for Ellis Kay Armstrong

Ellis “Kay” Armstrong, 80-year-old lifetime Welch resident, passed away early Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the Freeman West Hospital in Joplin. He was born on October 31, 1938 in Welch, to Rufus Paul “Shine” and Elizabeth Arminta (Vicory) Armstrong. Kay attended Welch Schools. He was united in marriage to Carol Sanders on December 30, 1961 at the Baptist Parsonage in Welch. He worked at the Neil Feedlot in Welch for 15 years, before going to work for Leon’s Coal Company, he later worked for several other coal copanies including, Turner Brothers Coal Company in Welch and Muskogee, Ranchers Coal and lastly for Brakefield Coal Company retiring from there in 2008. Kay was very involved in pony pulling contest all over Oklahoma and Kansas, He had been the chairman of the pony pulling at the Tulsa State Fair. He was a member of Cowboy Junction Church. Kay loved his grandchildren, quail and coyote hunting, fishing and according to his granddaughter Grace he really enjoyed taking naps.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two children, Douglas and Leslie Armstrong; a brother, John J. “Jack” Armstrong and a sister, Wilma Lee “Sis” Oney.
The family includes; his wife Carol of the home; a son, Mitch Armstrong and wife Patty, a daughter, Jennifer Braden and husband Todd, all of Vinita; grandchildren, Mariah, Katy Jo, Chloe, Livie and Hollister Armstrong and Grace Braden; his sisters, Verla Smith of Nowata, Dean Harden and husband Melvin of Welch, Maxine Highsmith of Welch, Vivian Helms of Welch and Dixie Heflin of Pittsburg, Kansas; his brothers, Bud Armstrong of Commerce and Joe Armstrong and wife Cindy of Vinita; numerous, nieces, nephew and other relatives.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM on Friday, February 22, 2018 at the Burckhalter-Highsmith Funeral Home Chapel.
The celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Cowboy Junction, Greg Highsmith will officiate. Interment will follow at the Rogers Cemetery northwest of Welch. Online condolences may be made at or on the funeral home Facebook page. Arrangements are under the direction of the Burckhalter-Highsmith Funeral and Cremation Services, 201 N Wison, Vinita, OK 74301. Phone 918-256-6444.

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6:00 PM 2/22/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 2/22/2019 8:00:00 PM
Burckhalter-Highsmith Funeral Home Chapel

201 N. Wilson Street
Vinita, OK 74301

Burckhalter-Highsmith Funeral Home Chapel
201 N. Wilson Street Vinita 74301 OK
United States

Celebration of Life




11:00 AM 2/23/2019 11:00:00 AM
Cowboy Junction Church

27662 S 4380 Rd Vinita, Oklahoma 74301

Cowboy Junction Church
27662 S 4380 Rd Vinita, Oklahoma 74301

Cemetery Details


Rogers Cemetery Final Resting Place

4380 Rd and E 70 RD
Welch, OK 74369

4380 Rd and E 70 RD Welch 74369 OK
United States

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