High School Sports

Mid-Carolina's Armstrong dies

Lon Armstrong knew how to coach football. A lifetime record of 221-141 and a state class 2A championship was testament to that.

But the picture that emerged of the longtime fixture at Mid-Carolina High School who passed away at age 68 on Wednesday was one of a man who knew much more of life than Xs and Os.

“Above all else, he was a gentleman,” said Mildred Goggins, a guidance counselor at Mid-Carolina who came to Prosperity at Armstrong’s call in 1984 — one year before the Rebels won the only football championship in the school’s history. “ If you couldn’t make a decision, he would, and once me made it, he’d stick with it. He was a good leader. And so intelligent.”

Armstrong retired in 1999 after 29 years at Mid-Carolina, but was still active in school affairs. He taught on a substitute basis and mowed the grass on the school’s athletics fields until last Friday.

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