Capt. John G. Archer Jr. of Colonial Heights died at his home on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Born in Petersburg, he was the son of the late John G. Archer Sr. and Ella Crowder Archer. He was a member of Second Chance Baptist Church, an Army Air Force veteran, having served during World War II, and a retired Tugboat captain for Vulcan Materials Company, with over 50 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma S. Archer; daughter, Debra K. Boisvert; stepchildren, Sheila A. Delano, and Al D. Delano and wife, Sheri; grandchildren, his beloved Pastor Alan S. Delano and wife, Alyssa, Sonny A. and Tristan A. Delano; a precious great-grandson, Sawyer D. Delano; a brother, William Archer and wife, Patricia; three sisters, Margaret Hope, Mary Grotz, and Ruth Stuckey.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard, with the Rev. David Prather and Pastor Alan S. Delano officiating. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Chance Baptist Church, 2701 County Drive, Petersburg, VA 23803. Condolences may be registered at

Funeral Home

E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory
2033 Boulevard  Colonial Heights, VA 23834
(804) 526-3400

Published in The Progress-Index on Dec. 7, 2012