Curtis Lavergne Armstrong turned 90 years old Monday, May 9, and celebrated with a host of family and friends on Saturday, May 7. The celebration was hosted by daughters, Beverly Burch of Grenad, Miss. and Judy Brimm of Orange. The celebration was held at Armstrong’s church of 63 years, McDonald Memorial Baptist Church in Orange.

Armstrong was born in Orange County and has lived here all his life. He is the grandson of early Orange pioneer, John Moses Hatton and oldest living Hatton descendant. He attended Prairieview school and graduated Orangefield High School in 1939.

He is a WWII Navy veteran, serving as an aviation machinist mate. He was stationed in Alameda Naval Air station, Calif.; Clearfield Utah; Guam; and Quadriline Atoll.
He is a Charter Member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Posse and Orange County Mounted Quadrille.

He served on the West Orange School Board six years, serving as President in the early 1960s.

He was ordained a Deacon at McDonald Memorial Baptist Church in 1961 and still is involved in Deacon Ministry there.

He retired from DuPont Sabine River Works in 1983 after 36 yrs of work as a process operator in the Adipic Acid area.

He and wife of 65 years, Martha, love to camp, traveling to all 50 states, including four trips to Alaska and visits to eight provinces in Canada.

He kept bees for 20+ years, selling pure local honey to many local customers. In the last couple of years he has downsized to a couple of hives for his own personal supply of honey.

He has four grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and seven great, great grandchildren with number eight due in two weeks. He enjoys the time he can spend with children and grandchildren, although some live many states away. He also enjoys taking care of his horse, donkey and small herd of goats. When asked what he is looking forward to in the years to come, He said he “is looking forward to 91.”