Always taking it to the next level, James E. "Jimmy" Armistead was a caring man.

When he was an apartment manager, he would take care of his tenants beyond what an apartment manager would normally do, son James Armistead said. One family who lived in the complex had children who wanted to play baseball but couldn't afford the equipment. Mr. Armistead bought them gloves and a bat.

Mr. Armistead died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010. He was 71.

Mr. Armistead was born Oct. 22, 1938, to Hubert P. and Mary P. (Woolery) Armistead. He graduated from Hickman High School, where he lettered in football and track. He attended MU.

He worked as a computer programmer, restaurant manager, time-share salesman and, in the last couple of years, insurance salesman in Independence.

He always worked hard to bring money home but would make time for his children, James Armistead said.

He registered his sons, Mitchell and James Armistead, for baseball and took them to St. Louis Cardinals games while they were growing up. He also registered his daughter, Kris, for ballet and tap dance.

"He was very supportive," James Armistead said. "We loved him, and we'll miss him."

Mr. Armistead is survived by a brother, Frank; two sons, Mitchell and James; and three grandchildren, Eric, Drew, and Reed.

His daughter, Kris, and parents died earlier.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, and visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the service. Both will be at Parker Funeral Service & Crematory, 22 N. Tenth St., Columbia.

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