Russell Adams Armstrong, a longtime employee of Southwark Metal Manufacturing Company, died on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. He was 66.
He was affectionately known as “Dutch.” He was born on July 8, 1953 in Burlington, N.J. to the late Russell Johnson and Beatrice Adams.
Armstrong resided in Beverly, N.J. during the last several years. He was raised in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia and educated in the public school system.
He was employed at Southwark Metal for 47 years and was a member of the Laborers’ Industrial Local Union 57.
He married Annie Armstead on Oct. 6, 2001. In this union, they had a blended family of five children. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
Armstrong was refined and always wore a suit, topped with a Stetson or Borsalino hat and shoes to match. He took pleasure in coordinating ensembles with his wife, making sure they complemented each other whenever they went out on the town.
Armstrong attended Mt. Zion Pentecostal Church of Philadelphia, however he was a proud Baptist.
“Russell was a thorough dignified high-spirited individual, who truly lived life his way,” his family said in a tribute. “He remained steadfast on what he believed in and was very firm about his traditional ways.”
He was a disc jockey and was known as “DJ Dutch.” His family said he was the life of the party. He was passionate about his equipment and music. He treasured oldies music and enjoyed listening to the blues with his father, Russell Sr., fishing and playing cards.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leonard Adams; adopted parents, Madelyn and William Armstrong; siblings, James Allen, Jesse ‘Midget’ Armstrong and Euphamia ‘Dixie’ Armstrong.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children, Tee, Nicole, Anthony, O’neal and Danielle; grandchildren, Shaquanah, Zhané, Zyair, Hadiyah, O’Neal Jr., Jaylan, Sarah and Hajar, sisters, Bernice (Curtis) and Brenda (John); cousins, Garfield and Herbert; aunt, Doris Shaw and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Aug. 17 at Tabernacle Lutheran Church, 5843 Spruce St. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m.