Christopher  C. Armstead
Christopher C. Armstead

August 11, 1924 - February 28, 2019
Born in Philadelphia
Resided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Christopher C. Armstead, Jr. Was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Christopher Armstead, Sr. and Bertha Armstead on August 11, 1925. Chris, affectionately used by his family and friends, was the eldest of four children, two of the siblings preceded him in death, Rudolph and Bernard Armstead. His beloved Evelyn King preceded him in death.
The family attended New Bethlehem Baptist Church, under the shepherd of the late C.C. Adams.
Christopher received his formal education from the Philadelphia School System. He attended Overbrook High School. Upon completion, Christopher decided to enlist in the Army. He served in the United State Army in World War II and was honorably discharged.
He was united in marriage in 1942 to Iberius V. Lewis, his high school sweetheart. Of that union, there were two children, Darlene and Christopher, III. Christopher, III, who was fondly known as Butch, preceded his father in death.
Chris was a hard worker. He drove an eighteen-wheeler tractor trailer for over forty years. He drove across the united States, Canada and Mexico carrying the stage equipment for Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, Pink Floyd, and Grover Washington, just to name a few. He would come home and tell his grandchildren of his travels and adventures. Christopher had two convenience stores and a pool hall, believing in entrepreneurship. He positively touched and shaped many lives, leaving a profound and memorable impact on his family and friends.
In describing Christopher’s life, his full passion and energies centered on the appreciation and well-being of his family and friends. After the death of his father he assumed the role of Patriarch. He was known for being forthright, direct, candid, frank, straightforward, honest, open, straight, straight from the should, plain, plain-spoken, vocal, explicit, point-blank blunt, you get the picture. Darlene would say at family gatherings with friends, “I’m not responsible for what comes out of his mouth”.
Some of Chris's interests were taking his grandsons fishing, playing Pinochle, Spades and checkers.
Christopher leaves to reminisce his life: his sister, Hortense Christian aka Sis; daughter, Darlene J. Crawford; daughter-in-law, Ruth Armstead; eight grandchildren, two of whom preceded him in death (Trevin V. Armstead and Todd C. Crawford), Vernessa, Christopher, IV, Devoria, Kyle, Akim, and Assad; five great-grandchildren, ten great-great-grandchildren, niece, nephews, and the apple of his eyes, Koi; and a host of friends.

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Terry Funeral Home
4203-05 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA US 19104
Thursday, March 7, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Terry Funeral Home
4203-05 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA US 19104
Thursday, March 7, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
West Laurel Hill Cemetery
215 Belmont Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA US 19004
Thursday, March 7, 2019
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM