Ward Armstrong’s roots run deep here. His great-great-grandfather settled in Hillsville in the 1850s. His dad worked at the veneer plant in Ferrum for Stanley Furniture Company for nearly 30 years, and his mom played the organ at their church for 42 years.
Ward married the former Pam Akers in 1982, whose parents owned & operated Akers Super Market in Stanleytown for over 30 years. Both of her parents hailed from Franklin County. The Eugene W. Akers family was from Prillaman Switch near Henry. Her mother Blandean Parcell Akers’s family was from Snow Creek and Sydnorsville on the Parcell side, and from Fork Mountain on the Prillaman side.
Pam graduated from Bassett High School, attended Roanoke College, and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design in 1977.
Ward graduated from Bassett High School, is a 1980 graduate of The T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, and a 1977 graduate of Duke University, where he earned a degree in business. During law school, he studied for a summer at Cambridge University in England. After law school, he worked as a law clerk to Justice W. Carrington Thompson of the Supreme Court of Virginia for one year. He has practiced law in Martinsville since 1981.
The Armstrongs have two daughters: Courtney, a 2009 graduate of the University of Virginia, and is currently a rising third year at Appalachian Law School, and Whitney who is a rising third year at the University of Virginia.
Ward has been a practicing attorney in Martinsville since 1981. He knows what it’s like to be a small business man. As our Delegate, Ward is always available to help solve problems. He cares, because this is home.
Delegate Armstrong has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 1992. He serves on the Courts of Justice, Finance, and Rules committees. He was elected Minority Leader of the Virginia House of Delegates on February 25, 2007 by his colleagues.
Ward is a recipient of the A.L. Philpott Award for Leadership. He is past president of the Martinsville-Henry County Bar Association; a member of the Virginia Museum of Transportation Board of Directors; and a member of the Norfolk and Western Historical Society.
Delegate Armstrong and his family reside in Henry County where they are members of Pocahontas Bassett Baptist Church. A model and toy train collector since his childhood, Delegate Armstrong enjoys working on his trains in his free time.
Delegate Armstrong with his parents. Bob and Susan Armstrong of Bassett, in the House of Delegates chamber.