In Loving Memory

Charles Ray Armstead

Charles Ray Armstead
August 15, 1950
December 26, 2017
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Charles Ray Armstead was born on August 15, 1950 to the late Essie Armstead and Helen Mae Bolton in Brenham, Texas. Charles transitioned on December 26, 2017 in Temple, Texas. He is the eldest of seven children which includes his extended siblings. Charles was affectionately known as “Peter Pawn.”

Charles’ educational journey included attending Alton Elementary, Alton Jr. High and completing 11th grade at Brenham High School. He furthered his education after completing his GED and by attending Blinn Jr. College and PVAMU for additional studies. Charles enlisted in the United States Army in 1968 and was stationed at Fort Dix, N.J. He received the rank of SP4 and was honorably discharged from the US Army after three years of service to his country.

Charles worked hard and lived out the adult years of his life in Brenham. He lived a simple, yet meaningful life that was rewarding. His mind and spirit served to enhance his larger than life personality. Charles “Peter Pawn” Armstead is survived by: son, Kevin Chapel of Brenham; grandchildren, Kynderick Chapel, Keyera Wilson, Keliyah Chapel, Ketara Chapel, Landon Chapel, Kamera Hewitt, and Kennedi Chapel; great grandchildren, Ke’Adrian Stringfellow, and Lauren Noel Blue. Charles leaves to cherish his memory: brothers, Richard Copeland of Brenham, Edward Copeland of Springfield, Missouri, and Kenneth Copeland of Prairie View, Texas; sister, Gloria (Darryl) Hilliard of Nashville, Tennessee; his extended family to include siblings, brothers Delane Armstead and Maultie D. Hartfield, and sister Anethea “Ann” Phillips all of Brenham. He also leaves to treasure his memory devoted aunts, Johnnie Mae Armstead of Brenham and Walterine (William) Bolton Minifee of Missouri City, as well as a very dedicated cousin, Anita Tatum-Russ of San Antonio, Texas, and a host of other family and friends.

Graveside services will be held for Charles Ray Armstead on Wednesday,
January 3, 2018 at the Houston National Cemetery, located at 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, TX, gate time 12:30 p.m.

Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836-3611 Share tributes at