|Birth: ||Sep. 10, 1915|
|Death: ||Jul. 12, 1973|
Investigating officers would say only that they had a strong suspect this week in the shooting death of Prestonsburg mayor Dr.George Archer.
Kentucky State Police,Prestonsburg police and county officials are conducting the investigation.There was no indication late Tuesday as to whether an arrest was imminent.
IN an incident which stunned the area,Dr. Archer was found dead of a single gunshot wound through the heart last Thursday, July 12.The Prestonsburg physician was slain near his car in the parking area of the new doctor's clinic on Route 1428, north of the city. His body was discovered about 9 p.m. by Judge Henry Stumbo, long time friend and associate who was driving by the clinic and saw the doctor's car.
A massive crowd which overflowed the First United Methodist Church in Prestonsburg attended funeral services Sunday afternoon.Burial was in the Mayo Cemetery at Paintsville.
Born September 10, 1915, at Auxier, Dr.Archer was the son of Mrs.Fannie Archer of Paintsville and the late Dr.Ernest E. Archer.
He graduated from the University of Kentucky and received his medical training at the University of Louisville Medical School graduating in 1941. Beginning his practice in Paintsville,he later moved to Prestonsburg,heading the Prestonsburg General Hospital.Several years ago he headed a project to establish a new regional hospital. That facility, a $6 million medical center, opened last year between Paintsville and Prestonsburg, with Dr. Archer at the helm.
The new doctor's clinic where he met his death was a result of his latest efforts to develop better medical facilities for the area. Completing his third full term as Prestonsburg's mayor, and scheduled to enter a fourth term without opposition this year.
Dr. Archer was considered one of Eastern Kentucky's most active civic leaders He had served as chairman of the Big Sandy Area Development District's board of directors since that body was officially formed, relinquishing the post this year. In his many years on the five-county board, and with its predecessor organization, the Big Sandy Area Council, Dr. Archer was credited with being a prime force in removing barriers which had stood between neighboring counties and communities in Eastern Kentucky. A surgeon, he served as president of the Kentucky medical Association in 1963-64, had been a member of the Kentucky Board of Education and the Citizens Commission on Aging, and as a member of health planning bodies for the area and state.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs.Margaret Ray Archer, a daughter, Mrs.Phillip D. Damron, of Prestonsburg, two sons, George P. Archer,IV at Morehead State University and Dr.Raleigh R. Archer, a plastic surgeon in Lexington.
Also surviving in addition to his mother, are three sisters, Mrs.Martha Ann Rapier of King Addition, Mrs.Mary Roberts of Prestonsburg, and Mrs.Emma Conley of Louisville, a brother, Dr.James Archer of Paintsville, preceded him in death.
Paintsville Herald, Wednesday, July 18,1973
Margaret Lee Ray Archer (1914 - 1974)*
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Record added: May 06, 2010
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