|Birth: ||Aug. 3, 1925|
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 2000|
Chet Armistead, 74, detective, retired BellSouth executive
Chet Armistead went from publishing the Yellow Pages to searching for clues.
Mr. Armistead retired in 1984 as assistant vice president of BellSouth Advertising and Publishing Co. In retirement, he operated his own detective agency until 1990.
"He was having fun with it. It was almost like that little boy that dreams of being Sherlock Holmes with his magnifying glass," said his son, Mike Armistead of Lilburn.
The funeral for Chester C. Armistead, 74, of Norcross is 1 p.m. today at A.S. Turner & Sons. Mr. Armistead died of cancer Sunday at his residence.
After serving in the Navy in World War II, Mr. Armistead worked as a clerk at the FBI while attending Atlanta Law School. When he graduated, he did not want to be an FBI agent nor a lawyer and went to work for Southern Railway as a detective, said his son. In 1950, he joined Southern Bell, collecting coins from pay telephones and rose through the ranks.
Mr. Armistead was one of the original marketing people for BellSouth back in the 1970s, said Stan Schmidt of Tallahassee, BellSouth's retired executive vice president of sales. His expertise was in selling Yellow Pages advertising and managing that sales force.
"I talked him into becoming my staff guy. He was over 3,800 people in four states," said Mr. Schmidt, who was impressed with Mr. Armistead's ability to motivate workers.
Away from work, Mr. Armistead liked to do projects around his house and to speak at churches, said Lucien Philips of Atlanta.
"He had deep religious convictions and was a very good public speaker," said Mr. Philips.. .
[AJC 12 Apr 2000]
Pansy Belle Hardman Armistead (1922 - 2012)*
Note: Masonic symbol.
Little River Methodist Church Cemetery
Created by: Tiffany Nash
Record added: Apr 12, 2011
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