County Road Superintendent --
MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Thursday morning, Jan. 15 at the Victory Baptist Church on Tate Lane for Wilson County Road Superintendent William Steven "Steve" Armistead. Mr. Armistead, 67, of Mt. Juliet, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 at Alive Hospice in Nashville following an extended illness.
A devoted husband, father, and Christian, he was a member of Victory Baptist Church. Born July 18, 1947, in Lebanon, Mr. Armistead was the son of the late Roy Eugene Armistead, Sr. and Thomasene Ruth (Willey) Armistead.
Raised in Elmwood, he was a 1965 graduate of Smith County High School, a talented athlete who especially loved basketball.
Mr. Armistead attended University of Maryland and worked in Washington D.C. as an elevator operator in the Senate Office Building for the late Senator Albert Gore. He later attended Cumberland University in Lebanon.
For many years he worked as area superintendent for Vulcan Materials and later for McDowell Enterprises in Georgia and Jones Brothers in Mt. Juliet before being appointed Wilson County Road Superintendent in August of 1996.
He loved politics on both the county and national level and was a past member of Mt. Juliet Rotary and First Baptist Church Mt. Juliet.
Services were conducted by Rev. Chuck Groover with the eulogy delivered by Steve's lifelong friend former Vice-President Al Gore. At Steve's request, the remains will be cremated after the funeral and later his cremains will be scattered on the Caney Fork River in Elmwood.
Active pallbearers: Jimmy Herndon, Tim Smith, Sandy Armistead, Matthew Herndon, Michael Armistead, Brandon Rankin. Honorary: Wilson County Road Commission, Sonja Robinson, the Honorable Al Gore, Danny Foutch, Roy Vaden, Jr., Larry Dickens, Billy Clark McKinney, Edd Blair and Gordon Thompson.
Survivors include: his wife of 47 years, Linda Armistead and children Stephanie Lynn McDonald (Michael) of Monroe, N.Y. and Stephen Chadwick Armistead (Cathryn) of Mt. Juliet.
Also surviving are grandchildren Morgan Capley, L.J. Fisher, Malia Fisher, Jacob Armistead, Joshua Armistead, Isabella Armistead; his sisters Sara Armistead and Carol Keegan (Frank) brother Roy (Paula) Armistead, Jr. and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins and dear friends.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Armistead is preceded in death by his brother David Armistead and sister Donna Rankin.
The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Victory Baptist Church Benevolence Fund or Alive Hospice.
Arrangements are in the care of Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.