When Clair died in 1962 his wife, Dorothy (1902-1971) was the owner of the funeral home with LBanks as the funeral director and embalmer. After Dorothy’s death the business was willed to Donella Rhoades Murphy (1919-1973) and she sold the business to LBanks and his wife Luella. The name was changed to Rhoades-Wilson Funeral Home.
The ambulance service was operated from the funeral home until January 1977 when the Ringgold County Hospital took over the ambulance operations for the community.
In 1981 the Wilson’s partnered with Jay Watson. Jay grew up in Diagonal and graduated high school there. He then attended area colleges and served in the Vietnam Conflict. In 1974 he graduated from Louisville College of Mortuary Science in Louisville Kentucky. He worked with Paul Varner in the Clearfield, Diagonal, and Tingley Funeral Homes, entering into a partnership in 1979 and becoming full owner in 1981. The Tingley funeral home was closed at this time and the funeral home became Wilson-Watson Funeral Homes.
Bill Armstrong came to the business in 1988. He grew up in Mechanicsville, IA. He graduated from Mortuary School in Dallas, TX and served his apprenticeship with Coen-Beaty Funeral Home in Creston, IA.
In 1992 LBanks and Luella retired and sold their interest to Jay and Donna Watson. In 1996 Bill and Sandy Armstrong became partners in funeral home and the name became Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home.
On January 1, 2009, Bill and Sandy purchased the funeral home from Jay and Donna and the name was changed to Armstrong Funeral Homes.