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Felix L. Armfield, SUNY Buffalo State professor

Aug. 27, 1962 – April 30, 2014

Services for Felix L. Armfield, Ph.D., the SUNY Buffalo State professor who died in a three-alarm fire April 30 at the Commodore Apartments, where he lived, will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Holly Hill Free Will Baptist Church, Greenville, N.C.

Dr. Armfield, 51, a professor of history and social studies at the Elmwood Avenue college since 2000, died from injuries suffered in the late-night fire at 1240 Delaware Avenue.

Born in Tarboro, N.C., he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history at North Carolina Central University.

In Buffalo, he was an active member of First Shiloh Baptist Church. He was baptized and was a lifelong member of Holly Hill Free Will Baptist Church in Greenville.

Dr. Armfield earned his Ph.D. in history with a concentration in African American history and archival administration at Michigan State University.

He joined the history department at Western Illinois University in 1995.

At SUNY Buffalo State, he was a member of the African and African American Studies Interdisciplinary Unit and a member of the school’s graduate faculty.

Survivors include his father, Jasper Armfield Jr. of Belvoir, N.C.; his grandmother, Christine Armfield of Greenville, N.C.; two sisters Kimberly Armfield of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Sandy McKenny of Fredericksburg, Va.; and a brother, Jeffrey Armfield of New Haven, Conn.

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