Geroge Richard Archer, Sr.
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Age 87, passed away February 14, 2014. Born in Weslaco, TX on December 19, 1926. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred P. Archer and Dollie Thompson Archer; sisters, Mary Archer Nichols and Mildred Archer Vick; brothers, Alton Archer, Jewell Archer and Wilson Archer.
Survived by wife of 64 years, Sarah McCaghren Archer of Crossville, TN; brothers, Billy J. Archer of Austin, TX and Jimmy L. Archer of Buchanan Dam, TX; sons, George R. "Rick" Archer, Jr. of Nashville, TN and John Robert Archer, Sr. of Abilene, TX; grandchildren, Mathew Jacob Archer of Abilene, TX, John Robert Archer, Jr. of Lavergne, TN, Angela A. Archer of Mt. Juliet, TN and George R. Archer III of Hermitage, TN; 8 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
After graduating High School at the age of 17, he volunteered to join the U.S. Navy and served the country he loved so much on the USS Siboney in the Pacific Campaign during WWII. During this time, his home port was Pearl Harbor, and after the war was over, he went back to Guam, to help rebuild the island after the destruction it suffered during the war.
He attended the University of North Alabama and the University of Tennessee, and worked 31 years for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, retiring in 1985 to run G.R. Archer & Sons, Registered Angus Farms, and pursue his passion for farming.
He was strong in his religious convictions, and always put God and family first and job second. He embodied a work ethic that defied description, and was always involved in the community. Serving as President of the local Ruritan Club, and the Loudon County Cattleman's Association. He was a life member of the Sweetwater, TN VFW, and was the Buguler for the State of Tennessee, playing taps at numerous military funerals and events. Always a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, and served as the Institutional Representative to the Great Smokey Mountain Council. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and traveled to every state in our great nation.
The family wishes to give thanks to the special caregivers of the Cumberland County Hospice, Crossville, TN and Alive Hospice of Nashville, TN, and a very special thank you to the incredible friends and neighbors for the many meals, helpful errands, and support through recent years.
The family will have a Celebration of Life Memorial at a later date in order to accommodate the many out of town friends and family members. Memorial donations may be made to the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 3414 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215; or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Nashville Funeral and Cremation Service, (615) 256-1605.
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210 McMillan Street
Nashville, TN 37203
Published in The Tennessean on Feb. 18, 2014