Stanley Meriwether Armistead

January 3, 1963 ~ June 14, 2010

Stanley Meriwether Armistead, age 47, died June 14th at his home in Johnson City after a long illness. Stan was born on January 3, 1963. At the age of 3 he went to Costa Rica with his family who were to serve in Latin America as Presbyterian missionaries. They then were in Mexico, in Chilpancingo and Ometepec, where he was homeschooled by his mother with his brothers and sister. During a year in the US he attended Cherokee Elementary School, and on the return to Mexico he attended the American School in Mexico City. After a year the family moved to Quito, Ecuador, and he attended the Alliance Academy, graduating in 1981. He was active in sports, especially basketball and mountain climbing. Stan attended King College, and then graduated from Davidson College with an Art Studio Major. He enjoyed painting in oils and did graphite drawings. He loved animals, especially dogs--his special friend was Cinnamon. His interests were philosophy, reading, writing poetry and short stories, photography, and was a student of current issues. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James N. and Charmie White of Johnson City and by William C. and Ann Armistead of Brentwood, Tennessee. He is survived by his parents, Robert and Estelle Armistead of Johnson City, brothers Robert of Milwaukee, WI, James and Patti of Lexington, KY, and Daniel and Mary Elizabeth of Las Cruces, NM, his sister Audrey and Keith Valencourt of Salisbury, NC, his Aunt Mary Frances White of Bristol, TN, "Uncle" Fred and "Aunt" Margret White of Bristol, VA, Uncle William C. and Aunt Nancy Armistead of Decatur, AL, as well as nephews Issac, Lewis and Robert, a niece, Anna Marie, and cousins Ellis, Ellen, David, and Steve. Memorial gifts can be made to Living Waters For The World, 5016 Spedale Court #399, Spring Hill, TN 37174, or Covenant Presbyterian Church, 603 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604. Visitation with the family is at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 19, from 12 to 2pm, followed by the funeral service at 2pm with committal service to follow at Monte Vista.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Bob,Estelle,Mary Frances & Family I was saddened this morning when Mom called me about Stanley. I will always remember the time’s we had around Mr & Mrs White’s on your visits to see them. Just know that your in my thoughts and prayer’s and if we can do anything let us know. Randy,Deadra & Katelyn

  2. Anonymous says:

    Bob,Estelle,Mary Frances & Family We are so sorry to hear about Stanley. If we can do anything please let us know. Our thoughts and prayer’s are with you during this time. We all had some great times at MR & Mrs White’s when you all came in for visits. We will be thinking of you. Roberta,Blaine,Mike,Linda & Randy

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Bob and Estelle, I can”t imagine a valley deeper in this life than burying a child. You have my most sincere sympathy. Of course I did not know your son but I grew up as your neighbor and fellow church member and loved and revered you. I watched your life, Estelle, and as a child I played church with my sister, Judy and pretended to be you. May our awesome God keep you as a family in His care. Love, Mary Nell Scott/Hillis

  5. Anonymous says:

    Daniel, I am David Espey’s cousin, and I met you at his parents in Hickory when you both were in medical school. I also knew your parents through Cold Springs Presbyterian Church. I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Elizabeth Mason

  6. Anonymous says:

    Estelle and Bob, so sorry to read about the loss of your son, Stanley. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bill & Ginny Adams

  7. Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry to hear about this loss. Stan was one of my closest friends while we attended Davidson College together and remained a close friend after college. He was a very talented and intelligent person with a good heart. He will be sorely missed. Thanks Audrey for the phone call – it was nice to talk to you again. Thanks Mr. and Mrs. Armistead for your hospitality when I visited there almost 20 years ago and for your kindness in recent years. Your family will be in my prayers.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. As memories of happy times with Stan fill your hearts, may you be comforted by the reassurrance that God knew Stan before you, and He remains in control. We would like to think that as the

  9. Anonymous says:

    Bob and Estelle Rob, James, Daniel, Audrey & family, We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts, in our hearts & in our prayers. Kim & George Barnett

  10. Anonymous says:

    I knew Stan at King College, where I was on the faculty and staff 1974-83. In spite of being out of touch for over 25 years, I clearly recall how much the Andersons were greatly beloved as one of the outstanding Presbyterian missionary families with King College roots. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of Stan.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I read of Stan’s passing this morning with great dismay. I always think of him as a cheerful, capable, and intelligent friend from my days at old KC. I pray for your peace and comfort in Christ as you mourn his passing. Also, I send my deepest sympathy. Your friend in Christ, Robert

  12. Anonymous says:

    I was a professor at Davidson during Stan’s time here. He was a joy to work with and quite serious about his art. We kept in contact over the years, but unfortunately not recently. I am so sorry to see this wonderful soul pass from the earth.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Stanley was one of my best friends during high school. I will forever retain fond memories of the many times we shared together. He was at his core a kind and loving person who enjoyed life and the people it brought his way. When I think of him it invariably brings a smile to my face. While I am deeply saddened for your loss I take comfort that he is now at peace. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I was a painting student with Stan at Davidson and our friendship continued a few years later in Atlanta. I admired him a great deal, his art and mind and heart. I was deeply sorry to hear of your loss.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Albeit late, I just learned about Stan’s passing. I am soooo sorry to learn of this. I send out my deepest & most respectful condolences to his family & friends. I was Rob’s ex-wife’s little sister, Kelly. I knew Stan when I was teenager in the late 80’s,

  16. Anonymous says:

    Albeit late, I just learned about Stan’s passing. I am soooo sorry to learn of this. I send out my deepest & most respectful condolences to his family & friends. I was Rob’s ex-wife’s little sister, Kelly. I knew Stan when I was teenager in the late 80’s, after Rob had married my sister at the time. Though I had a silly puppy-crush on Stan at that time, I truly looked up to him because I thought he was so unique, absolutely brilliant, and very intelligent. I also loved his artwork and his philosphical ideas. He was a big inspiration to me in continuing my own art studies, which later turned into Graphic Design, as well as exploring other ideas of philosphically spiritual thought. He will be dearly missed. May he rest in peace now…

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