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Funeral Arrangements Made For Mafia Jug Band Founding Member

Funeral Arrangements Made For Mafia Jug Band Founding Member

CREATED May 3, 2014

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Funeral arrangements have been planned for Lester Armistead, the founding member of the Mafia Jug Band. 

"Lonesome" Lester Armistead died Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 72.

A funeral has been planned for 2 p.m. Monday, at his Goodlettsville home.

The Tennessee Mafia Jug band has performed in front of fans worldwide, including performances on the Grand Ole Opry and as regular guests on the Marty Stuart Show.

His son, Mike Armistead, also a member of the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, released the following statement:

“There will never be another man who’ll measure up to my dad. He was an honest, hard-working farmer and humanitarian who loved to dance and play music. Most of all, he loved his friends and family and especially enjoyed being a grandfather. He was overall just the nicest person you'd ever meet and now, his journey is over. Our family and the extended jug bandfamily is grateful for the prayers and support of so many.”

In lieu of flowers, people have been asked to make a donation in honor of Lester to the charity of your choice, the Cancer Foundation or Alive Hospice.