By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Saturday, March 25, 2017 the House Republican Caucus released a statement expressing their condolences on the sudden passing of Emily Golson Armistead, wife of former Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead.
House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R from Rainsville) wrote, “On behalf of the Alabama House Republican Caucus, allow me to express our deepest condolences on the loss of Emily Armistead, the wife of former Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead. Both Emily and Bill devoted countless hours of their lives to promoting the Alabama Republican Party and the bedrock conservative principles that serve as its foundation. More importantly, they shared a devout belief in God’s word, and their almost 49 year marriage offers a strong example for other couples to emulate. Our prayers and thoughts remain with Bill and the rest of the Armistead family during this terribly difficult time.”
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) wrote on Twitter, “Joining my fellow Alabamians praying for the Armistead Family and loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with Bill…”
Alabama Public Service Commissioner Jeremy Oden (R) said on social media, Our Prayers are with you and your family. This great family lost a wonderful lady. Bill Armistead praying Love to you and your Family”
On Thursday, March 23, 2017 Mrs. Armistead was struck by a car while going to a funeral in Linden.
Emily was a native of Montgomery, AL where she graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1964. She attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL and graduated in 1968.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, William Cole “Bill” Armistead, Jr. of Columbiana; children, Allyson Allred (John) of Birmingham, AL and William Cole “Beau” Armistead III (Ashley) of Rainbow City, AL; grandchildren, Lindsey Allred and John David Allred of Birmingham, AL, and Cole Armistead, Judah Armistead, Zoe Armistead of Rainbow City, AL.
There was a celebration of Emily’s life at Briarwood Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 3 pm followed by a reception for friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Lone Sheep Ministry, P.O. Box 824 Attalla, AL 35954, a ministry founded and directed by Emily’s son, Beau Armistead.
(Original reporting by the Alabama Media Group contributed to this report.)