He later lived in Salisbury, NC and Hickory, NC before moving to Charlotte in 1938.
He became an Eagle Scout in 1929, graduated from high school in Salisbury in 1932, and from Davidson College in 1936. Bill was a Reserve Commissioned Officer and a First Lt., 9th Division in the U.S. Army in 1940.
He was married to his beloved wife, Mary Hall Archer, of Hickory, NC for 52 wonderful years until her death in 1996. He had been a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church since 1953, where he was ordained an Elder and was Sunday School Superintendent. Bill was a tireless volunteer, often delivering meals to elderly recipients younger than he was.
His favorite pastimes and hobbies were gardening, woodworking, bread baking, reading and researching family genealogy. He was an exemplary role model for his children and grandchildren, living his life selflessly with kindness and warmth.
Neighborhood children (and dogs) liked visiting him, and enjoyed his home-baked cookies. In addition to his wife, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Moseley Archer and Dora Patterson Archer, and sister, Evelyn Parsley.
He is survived by his children, Mary Logan and her husband, Jerry of Fredericksburg, VA, William Archer, III and his wife, Ellen of Charlotte, Thomas Archer and his wife, Deborah of Matthews; grandchildren, Cynthia Cooper and her husband, Travis of Woodbridge, VA, David Shafferman and his wife, Margaret of Port Royal, PA, Mary Archer and Sally Archer of Raleigh, Thomas Archer, Jr. of Charlotte and Lindsey Archer Porter and her husband, Zac of Los Angeles; great-grandchildren, Caedmon and Mason Cooper of Woodbridge, VA, Hunter and Allison Shafferman of Port Royal, PA; nephews, James Parsley and his wife Carolyn of Hillsborough, William Parsley and his wife, Ellen of Winston-Salem; and sister-in-law, Ann Hines of Isle of Palms, SC.
The family thanks Novant Hospice and Visiting Angels for their compassionate caregiving in Bill’;s final months.
A memorial service for Bill will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC on Saturday March 12, 2016, at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 or to Loaves &; Fishes, 648 Griffith Road, Suite B, Charlotte, NC 28217.