Nathaniel Armstrong Sr.
Nathaniel Armstrong Sr. was born on May 13, 1955 in Pitt County North Carolina, to the late Russell and Katie Mae Armstrong. He was educated by the public schools in North Carolina and came to Kansas City in 1986, where he worked diligently to provide for his children. He went on to be a supervisor at Babcock and Wilcox and Yellow Freight before retiring. Nathaniel Armstrong was a faithful member of Paseo Baptist Church serving in several ministries. He was a Deacon and served twice as Chairman of the Deacon Board. He was an usher and served several times as President. He was a Biblical Counselor and was one of the first five people who graduated from the Biblical Counseling Training Program at Paseo. The initial class was conducted by Dr. Willie Richardson from Christian Stronghold church in Philadelphia. He was a member of the BLB Productions Drama ministries playing in a number of productions including “Thanks For Christmas,” “Because of God’s Love,” and “What Will You Do with Jesus.” He worked diligently with the Men’s Ministry and was almost always at the monthly Men and Boys Breakfast and attended the Men’s Retreat when it was held. Finally, he served as the Superintendent in the Adult Department of the Sunday School. Nathaniel also worked for a period as the church janitor. A man of God, Nathaniel truly loved the Lord and showed it every time he could. Nathaniel was mentored by Trustee Edward Gaines and later by Deacon Starling Hopkins. He in turn served as a mentor to several men. He served under the late Pastor Charles Briscoe, Delmar White, Gregory Ealy and Pastor Laroy Thompson at the time of his homegoing. He continued his theological education at Carver Christian Academy and was so thankful to learn Greek. He has indeed heard “Well Done Good and Faithful Servant. Enter into your rest.”
He met and married then Sallie Doakes on May 25, 2002 in a large celebration at Paseo Baptist Church in front of numerous families, friends and church members. They have been married for 17 years. Soon after the nuptials he would start anew with a daughter that came at the perfect time and gave him the chance to be a father again at a more mature time in his life. She was a blessing and a welcomed surprise to the couple. Anyone that knew Nathaniel couldn’t help but notice his love of food, conversation and a good laugh about the “good ole days.” He could also be found with his head buried in the Holy Scriptures and telling others the Good News of the Lord. On July 31, 2019, God Took him from his earthly home to his heavenly home. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by William Russell Armstrong, Richard Earl Armstrong, Mary Elizabeth Farmer and Stanley Darnell Armstrong. Nathaniel leaves to cherish his memories to his loving wife, Sallie Armstrong, his youngest daughter Sarah Armstrong of Peculiar Missouri, his children in North Carolina Jandra (Jeff) Thomas, Nathaniel (Tracey) Armstrong Jr., Shelia (Ronnie) Wilson, Erica Armstrong, and his extended family in Kansas City, Anjela (Rodney) Jarrett, Jermaine (Melissa) Smith, Schardae Dupriest, Jolisa Doakes, 20 grandchildren, 5- great grandchildren, brothers and sisters Arthur (Eve) Armstrong, Nellie Mae (Frankie) Ore, Janice Marie Lee, Hilton (Butch and Debra) Armstrong of North Carolina, 2 sisters-in-law, Annette Armstrong and Lendore Armstrong as well as a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives, church family and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Paseo Baptist Church 2501 Paseo Blvd. KCMO. Visitation 10:00a.m. Interment in Twelve Gates Memorial Garden Cemetery.