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Bessie M. Armstead, a long time resident and educator of Manatee County transitioned peacefully on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Tallahassee, FL.
The family will receive friends during visitation on Friday, March 22, 2019 from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. at St. Mary M.B. Church, 1006 1st Street West, Bradenton, FL.
A celebration of her life will be 11 A.M. Saturday, March 23, 2019 at St. Mary M.B. Church. Interment will be Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. 11 A.M. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
She leaves to cherish her memories five siblings, Olivia M. Scott, Rachael M. Corbin, William Montgomery, Connie M. Springer and Joel Montgomery; all of Tallahassee, FL; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Rev. Dr. William Armstead Jr.

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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Strong and Jones FH
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    To The Armstead Family, Life is such a precious gift from our God Jehovah (Psalms 83:18) and when that life is lost it brings such great sorrow. The Bible promises at Acts 24:14 "...there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and unrighteousness ." The Bible assures use that our love ones will live again when God allows Jesus to call them back to life to live on a paradise earth. Psalms 37:11 says "the meek will possess the earth and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace." The Bible guarantees a bright future for obedient mankind. Please put your hope in Gods promises.
    ~ Ramona Ellison   Atlanta
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    My sincere condolences go to the family at this trying time. There is a Bible passage that comforts me greatly. Jesus promised he will resurrect our loved ones. John 5: 28 and 29. When earth becomes the place of peace Jesus talked about at Matthew 5:5, then we will live the promise of everlasting peace. Psalm 37:29. We have a promise from God at Revelation 21:3,4. There will be no more death and pain. There is more comfort to be read about in God's Word, the Bible concerning the resurrection and reuniting with our loved ones. May God’s peace be yours. Isaiah 26:4
    ~ Vee Manc
  • Saturday, March 30, 2019
    We're sorry to hear about your recent loss. Accept our sincere condolences. May you find strength from the words of Philippians 4:13 which says: "For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power." What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection. Also, you are invited to the memorial of Jesus death that will be celebrated this year on April 19th after sundown. You can find out the time and place in your area at
    ~ R&R Lopez