Joseph R Armstead III Memorial

On March 1, 2015 the world of so many lives changed as the news spread that a remarkable young man, Joseph Riley Armstead III, lost his life in a tragic automobile accident. Some knew my Joey, as Joseph, Joe and Chase. He was affectionately known to his Pre-K and Kindergarten students as Mr. Armstead. He absolutely adored his family.  His circle of friends was small in comparison to his family because his friends became his family. His love for life and energetic spirit fueled three passions: books, music and basketball.   In just 24 years, Joey achieved what takes most a lifetime of attempts. Many were impacted by his presence in their lives; children with disabilities and unique challenges, whom he guided and mentored, “head starters” whom he taught, “ballers” whom he competed with and coached, and “the rappers” in the music world whose mutual admiration was an inspiration. We watched a young man take pride in his faith and make sacrifices for others while giving 100% of his time and energy selflessly, all of the time.

Joey made a long lasting difference in our lives and the ones closest to him are committed to honoring his memory and carrying on his legacy. In the spirit in which Joey lived, the Joseph Riley Armstead, III Memorial Foundation has been established to ensure that his memory will live on and continue to make an impact in the areas that Joey loved.

The Memorial Foundation will endow his Alma mater, Neumann University, $25,000.00, to create a scholarship in his honor to assist students with their book purchases.  Additionally, the Foundation will fund a reading room in Baltimore City for Pre K and Kindergarten students to inspire and promote literacy. His life was a massive part of our lives and his memory continues to live on thru his “Chase The Cool” music. The Foundation will exist to promote, cultivate and inspire all to imitate the special and unique qualities of an exceptional young man named Joseph Riley Armstead, III who left us way too soon but left us with a clear and purposeful vision.


We are asking you to join us in making a donation in any amount to help us honor Joey and preserve the legacy of this remarkable and exceptional young man.  Joey was here only for a short time but made an enormous impact on the many lives that he touched. All donations are tax deductible. The Joseph Riley Armstead, III Memorial Foundation is a 501c (3) non-profit Corporation Tax Id # 47-4150765

We invite you to visit and consider joining us for a “25th” birthday celebration and a Foundation kickoff event on December 13, 2015, from 2-6 pm.

Please connect with [email redacted] for updates on future Foundation events. All mail correspondence should be sent to JRA3 Memorial Foundation, 5819 Glenkirk Court, Baltimore, MD 21239.


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