|Birth: ||Mar. 13, 1924|
|Death: ||Dec. 9, 2011|
Mr. Willis Dale Archer, age 87, a resident of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma died Friday, December 9, 2011 in Oklahoma City.
He was born March 13, 1924 in Eagletown, Oklahoma. Willis believed in God and his son Jesus Christ. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Oklahoma City, a Thirty-second Degree Mason, and a Shriner.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Newsom Archer; his parents, J.A. and Mary Estella Archer; and three sisters, Juanita Barnett, Lily Bel Jeter, and Lura Lee Archer.
He is survived by one sister, Imogene Graves of Dierks, Arkansas; two brothers, Ruel P. Archer of De Queen and C.A. Archer of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Willis graduated from Dierks High School in 1943. He entered military service and served in the South Pacific where he was missing in action for a period of time. In 1947, he was discharged from service. He entered college at the University of Arkansas but had to leave because of malaria that he contracted in the South Pacific. After his recovery from malaria, he enrolled at Henderson State Teachers College in 1948 and graduated in 1951. He received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Peabody Teachers College in May 1952.
Willis was safety inspector for Lone Star and Red River Arsenal from 1952-1954. He taught school at Hooks, Texas and Jr. High School at Texarkana, Texas from 1954-1956. In 1957 Willis was hired as sales manager trainee for General Mills in Oklahoma City. Due to economic slow down the sales trainee program was cancelled. He met his future wife, Bernice while working at General Mills. They were married in 1961. He was hired by Laminates Unlimited Inc. and worked there until his retirement.
Willis loved his two pet dogs Sissy and Molly, family and friends were important to him and he enjoyed being with them on holidays and family reunions. He spent a lot of time doing yard work and gardening which he enjoyed very much.
Funeral services for Mr. Archer will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 in the First United Methodist Church in Dierks with Robert Lyons officiating. Burial with Masonic rites will follow in the Sunshine Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until service time at the church.
Jerome Adolphus Archer (1896 - 1974)
Mary Estella Cox Archer (1894 - 1982)
Bernice Williams Archer (1901 - 1993)*
Juanita Archer Barnett (1919 - 1948)*
Willis Dale Archer (1924 - 2011)
Lily Bel Archer Jeter (1927 - 2010)*
Lura Lee Archer (1935 - 1935)*
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Record added: Dec 12, 2011
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