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Robert Eugene Archer, Jr. peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at the age of 84.
He was born on April 18, 1939, in Wytheville, Virginia, to the late Robert Eugene and Laura Hook Kemper Archer, Sr.
Known affectionately as “Bob” or “Bobby”, he possessed a great sense of humor that brightened the lives of all who knew him. Bob leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and cherished memories.
His marriage to his high school sweetheart, Suzanne, was a love story for the ages. Bob and Suzanne eloped during their Senior year of High School, and for two weeks, they kept their nuptials a secret until it was found out. Their honeymoon was filled with laughter and joy, as they dug up earthworms on the high school football field for their fishing adventures. Together, they carved out a beautiful life filled with love, family, friendship, and shared moments.
In 1958, the couple moved to Greenville to embark on their professional journeys. He dedicated his career to the printing industry, specifically in the field of pre-press. Keys Printing was Bob’s longtime employer.
Bob loved the outdoors. He had a passion for golf and spent countless hours perfecting his swing on the green. He was a caddie in High School at the Wytheville Country Club that started his love for the game. His admiration for the sport led him to attend the prestigious 2012 Masters in Augusta, where he had the unforgettable experience of dining near the same table of a few of his idols; the great Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Johnny Miller. He loved fishing, especially at his favorite spots – the tranquil Lake Hartwell, babbling streams, and peaceful ponds in Virginia. He also enjoyed camping and created lasting memories with his family in their Cox pop-up camper (with no ac or fridge) at the Arrowhead Campground for two weeks in Myrtle Beach every summer. In his free time, Bob enjoyed tending to his yard, traveling to visit family and enjoyed his Class of 1957 Annual Class Reunion.
He also found joy in playing billiards, showcasing his skills on the pool table. Classic cars held a special place in Bob’s heart. He relished attending classic car shows and marveled at the beauty of these timeless automobiles. Bob was a die-hard Atlanta Braves fan and never missed a game, always supporting his beloved team. He idolized baseball legends such as Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, and Mickey Mantle.
Bob’s greatest joy in life came from being a loving “G-Daddy” and “Granddad” to his adoring family and he treasured every moment spent with them. His memory will forever be cherished in the hearts of his children, Allyson McGaha and husband, Joel of Fayetteville, NC, and James Randolph “Randy” Archer or Greer, SC; his four adoring grandchildren; Michael Archer, Josh McGaha (Katie), Jessica McGaha Burton (Zack), and Jacquelyn McGaha; seven precious great grandchildren, Madison, Lilly, Brooke, Arianna, Eli, Levi, and Presley; and three sisters, Mary Gamble of Zanesville, OH, Ann Gayle of Orlando, FL, and Barbara Wright of Vero Beach, FL; and sister-in-law, Ellen Butler.
In addition to his parents and devoted wife, Suzanne, Bob was preceded in death by three daughters, Beth, Becky, and Andrea Archer; grandson, Michael Archer; and his brother, Gary Archer.
In honor of Bob, family and friends will gather at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown, to celebrate his remarkable life on Monday, January 15, 2024, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown chapel with the burial to follow in Greenville Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St, Jude’s Children Hospital, a charity close to Bob’s heart, by visiting www.stjude.org/give.
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