|Death: ||Dec. 22, 2008|
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Oliver Armayor died at St. Vincent's hospital, Jacksonville, the 22nd of December 2008 at the age of 97.
Mr. Armayor was born into a close-knit Cuban-American family in old Key West. He was a true child of the Great Depression, which left him with permanent scars but a stubborn will not only to survive but also prevail. He worked for his contractor father and the Boy Scouts in Key West, Henry Ford in Detroit, and the WPA all over Florida before helping the wartime Civil Service open the matériel section of the Opa Locka Naval Air Station north of Miami where he was classified "essential to the war effort". After World War II he worked for Pan American World Airways in Miami and sold Guardian Service for Century Metalcraft all over Florida and southern Georgia. In 1952 he returned to Civil Service in Miami and helped to re-organize the surplus-matériel division at Jacksonville Naval Air Station.
In 1965 he was struck down in his prime by retinal detachments which rendered him legally blind. But with the help of his loving wife Nita, he returned to active life and became ever more dedicated to his family and church.
Mr. Armayor met his wife at the Epworth League in Detroit and continued as an active Methodist at First Methodist in Pensacola, Floral Park in Miami, and Lake Shore in Jacksonville. As one of the founders of Wesconnett United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, he helped to build it into the vibrant church it is today, holding almost every lay position over his fifty years there.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 71 years, Juanita Cripe Armayor; a brother, Arthur Armayor of Dalton, Georgia; a sister, Clara Armayor Sullivan of Orlando; a son, Oliver Kimball Armayor of Eutaw, Alabama; a daughter, Judith Rose Armayor Smith of Washington, D.C.; seven grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. A beloved younger daughter, Beverly Joyce Armayor Moller, died in 2004. One brother and four sisters pre-deceased him.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, Jan. 4th, 2009, at Wesconnett United Methodist Church, 5630 Wesconnett Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla. 32244, with visitation an hour before the service and a reception at the church immediately following interment at Riverside Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for memorial contributions to Wesconnett United Methodist Church (address above) or the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, 1800 Johnson St., Baltimore, MD, 21230.
Juanita Catherine Cripe Armayor (1915 - 2011)*
Riverside Memorial Park
Created by: Suzanne
Record added: Jan 19, 2009
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