Elder, Dr. Alvin Armstrong, Jr.
On July 17, 1945, in Waycross Georgia, Alvin Armstrong, Jr. was born to Alvin and Essie Mae Armstrong. He was the seventh of thirteen children. His family relocated to Fort Pierce, FL where he attended the local schools.
Alvin enjoyed the normal rigors of youth in south Florida such as fishing, foraging, hunting, and swimming. He earned wages harvesting fruit and vegetables during the summer. Alvin began to take greater interest in academics and band. He played the snare and tympani drums and performed in the school’s concert and marching bands. He was an outstanding percussionist and recipient of a scholarship to Florida A& M University.
During a revival run by Elder John Robinson, on July 21, 1963, Alvin received salvation. Alvin served as drummer and junior deacon in his local church under Elder John Robinson’s leadership. He drove for Elder Robinson and the visiting Bishop throughout the Florida East Coast District until he began his tour of service in Vietnam.
Upon returning from Vietnam, Alvin continued to serve under Elder Robinson. He relocated to Daytona Beach, Florida to attend college at Bethune-Cookman University. He then began service under Elder Neo Garvin and later, Elder Charles McKnight.
Alvin worked diligently in the church and on the district with the youth department, he started a youth choir which he directed throughout the Daytona area.
Alvin was preceeded in death by a daughter, Mia Armstrong, Father, Alvin Armstrong Sr., brothers: Lester Armstrong, Owen Armstrong, Ernest Armstrong Sr., Otis Armstrong Sr., Eddie Armstrong, Isiah Armstrong, and sisters: Rosa Lee Hanans, Dorothy Armstrong, Doretha Collins and mother, Essie Mae Armstrong.
Elder Armstrong leaves the following to cherish his memory:Wife, Maggiemarie Armstrong, Children: Alvin Armstrong III, Melanie Armstrong, Harrison J. Armstrong(Rasheda), Monica Robinson, Brian Roberts(Robbie), Shaniqua Jenkins and Kiara Williams. 15 Grand children: Alycia, Alvin IV, Alana, Christopher, Brandon, Rashad, Nathaniel, Najee, Ja’Ron, Ja’mon, Camaurae, Carmoni, Myahnna, Ranauri, Jerry; Great-grands(4) Brothers: Nathaniel Armstrong(Felicia),Lewis Armstrong(Carol)and Sister: Carolyn
Williamson(Nathaniel)God-children:Evangelist Bonnie Hill,
Elder Hazel Crenshaw, Johnnie Hill, Brett May, Marion Fredrick,
Byron McGriff, Kindy, Kendell, and Keenan McGowan: A great host of neices and nephews including Patricia,Corinthia, Debbie,Tonya, Ralph, Greg and Tobias. A great host of Spiritual sons and daughters includingLauree,Sherrie, Dee, Yonifee, Trinett, Trina, Tequeshia, Kirk, Special Friends: Willie Boston, Isacc Small, Alvin Jefferson, John Mcknight, Eartha, Leila and Desmond, Ruby and Rev. Fred. a great host of friends including his church family in Sanderson and the Church of God by Faith everywhere!
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