|Birth: ||Mar. 24, 1915|
|Death: ||May 17, 2009|
Ira F. Archer, Jr., 94, 5755 Trowbridge Dr., Dunwoody, Georgia, died of natural causes May 17, 2009, surviving his loving wife Mary by eight years. Funeral services will be held at Patterson's Arlington Chapel in Sandy Springs, Georgia, on Wednesday, May 20th at 11 am, followed by interment at Arlington Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, March 24, 1915, he was the son of Ira F. Archer, Sr. and Martha Georgie Archer, née Brennecke, and was the brother of Joyce Oldham Van Dyke, late of Louisville, Kentucky. He was descended from Patrick Archer who immigrated to America circa 1750 from Kilkenny, Ireland, and from Patrick's son James Archer. Patrick and James both fought in the French and Indian War and in the American Revolutionary War for Colonel and then General George Washington, their neighbor from Frederick County, Maryland. Ira graduated from Central High School in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1932 and attended the University of Louisville from 1933 to graduation with a degree in chemical engineering in 1937.
He started as middle line-backer and fullback for University of Louisville (1933-1936) and was known as a "60 minute man." The Louisville Courier Journal then referred to him as the "Brute from Memphis." In 1941, he was elected All-Time Fullback of all University of Louisville star teams. At the university, he was also a heavy-weight wrestling champion at 180 pounds.
In 1937, he began his career with Gulf Oil Corporation and married Mary Louise Weaver in 1939, settling in Mayfield, Kentucky. Medically discharged from the U.S. Army in 1942, he spent the war years in Lexington working for Gulf. Ira moved to Louisville in 1946 where he attended Walnut Street Baptist Church. Ira retired from Gulf Oil Corporation as senior sales representative in 1977 after stints in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Houston, and finally Atlanta, Georgia, where he and Mary were members of St. James United Methodist Church for many years.
Survivors include his three children, Ira Fletcher Archer III, Joan Louise Powell and husband John, John Frederick Archer and wife Karen, by his eight grandchildren, Tracy Elizabeth Archer, Holly Diane Archer, Hillary Powell Luker, John Fletcher Archer, Oscar Johnson Powell III, Charli Alexis Louise Archer, Lauren Anne Archer, and John Matthew Archer, by four great grandchildren, Emily, Mary Joyce, Thomas, and Jacob, and niece and nephews, Martha Schildknecht, Richard, Ward, and David Oldham.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Ira's personal caregiver, Beatrice Reid, who faithfully cared for him for seven years and was a great blessing.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sons of The American Revolution or to Daughters of The American Revolution. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30328.
Mary Louise Weaver Archer (1916 - 2001)*
Arlington Memorial Park
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Record added: Nov 06, 2009
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