Parker D. Archibald

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ARCHIBALD PARKER DUVALL ARCHIBALD (Arch, Sonny, Dad, Pop and Papa) Parker Duvall Archibald, 85, affectionately known as Arch, Sonny, Dad, Pop, Papa, of Westminster Canterbury, Richmond, VA, went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 17, 2010. He is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Frances "Trigg" Holladay Archibald; as well as three loving children, Frances Mahaffey (Edward), David Archibald (Vicki), and Stephen Archibald (Connie); six grandchildren, Michael Mahaffey, Heather Dixon (Eric), David Archibald Jr., Holladay Archibald, Kelly Fletcher (Ryan), Nathan Archibald (Crystal); five great- grandchildren; sister, Florence Barrow (John); and a niece and two nephews. He was born on June 14, 1925 to Col. Edwin and Florence Archibald. He grew up in Maryland and then attended and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI, now known as Virginia Tech) in 1948. In the midst of his college years, however, he began a career with the government by serving his country in World War II. He was married in 1949 and resumed working for the government in 1950. His career took him to various places around the world, including some time in England and Turkey. Also during that time, he earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University. After retiring in 1979, his interests led him to several different job venues including real estate. He was an active lifetime member of the Episcopal Church, most recently at St. Matthews in Richmond. His faithfulness to the Lord was evident through his service to the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and the Episcopal Cursillo and Kairos communities.Being of Scottish heritage, he thoroughly enjoyed studying and being part of the Saint Andrews Society as a member of the MacPherson Clan. Another of his interests was genealogy, and he studied and traveled to New York and Pennsylvania to compile his information. Before making his home in Richmond, he lived in Rapidan and Orange, Va. The time in Rapidan was spent in the peace and solitude of rural Virginia on a 28 acre family farm which was turned into a Christian retreat. He also enjoyed teaching Bible classes at the Orange Nursing Home and Orange Regional Jail. A celebration of the life of Parker D. Archibald will take place Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the Sara Belle November Theater located at Westminster Canterbury of Richmond. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Staff Appreciation Fund at Westminster Canterbury, 1600 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA 23227.A celebration of the life of Parker D. Archibald will take place Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the Sara Belle November Theater located at Westminster Canterbury of Richmond. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Staff Appreciation Fund at Westminster Canterbury, 1600 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA 23227.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 19, 2010
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