William Steven Armistead, age 67 of Mt. Juliet, TN, passed away January 11, 2015 at Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN. His funeral service will be held at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN on January 15, 2015, at 11 a.m., with visitation preceding the service from 9 -11 am. Rev. Chuck Groover will officiate and his life-long friend Al Gore will deliver the eulogy. Visitation at Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon will be on Wednesday January 14 from 2-7 p.m. Active Pallbearers: Jimmy Herndon, Tim Smith, Sandy Armistead, Matthew Herndon, Michael Armistead, Brandon Rankin. Honorary Pallbearers: Wilson Co. Road Commission, Sonja Robinson, the Honorable Al Gore, Danny Foutch, Roy Vaden, Jr., Larry Dickens, Billy Clark McKinney, Edd Blair, Gordon Thompson. At his request Steve will be cremated after his funeral service and later his cremains will be scattered on the Caney Fork River in Elmwood.
Born July 18, 1947, in Lebanon, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Roy Eugene Armistead, Sr. and Thomasene Ruth (Willey) Armistead. He was preceded in death by his brother David Armistead and sister Donna Rankin.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda Armistead, daughter Stephanie Lynn McDonald (Michael) of Monroe, N.Y., son Stephen Chadwick Armistead (Cathryn) of Mt. Juliet, TN; grandchildren Morgan Capley, L.J. Fisher, Malia Fisher, Jacob Armistead, Joshua Armistead, Isabella Armistead; brother, Roy (Paula) Armistead Jr. and his sisters Sara Armistead and Carol Keegan (Frank) and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins, and dear friends.
He was a devoted husband, father, and Christian and a member of Victory Baptist Church. Raised in Elmwood, TN, he was a 1965 graduate of Smith County High School, a talented athlete who especially loved basketball. He attended University of Maryland in Washington, D.C. and worked as an elevator operator in the Senate Office Building for the late Senator Albert Gore. He later attended Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. For many years he worked as area superintendent for Vulcan Materials and later for McDowell Enterprises in Georgia and Jones Bros. in Mt. Juliet before being appointed Wilson County Road Superintendent in August 1995. 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.
The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Victory Baptist Church Benevolence Fund or Alive Hospice.