Richard E. Archer, Jr., 74 of White Oak, Mississippi

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Richard E. Archer, Jr.
(December 24, 1947 – October 5, 2022)

Richard E. Archer, Jr., 74, of White Oak, Mississippi, passed away from his earthly home to his heavenly home on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, surrounded by his loving wife and son. He was born on Wednesday, December 24, 1947, in Laurel, Mississippi.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 7, 2022 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home at 302 8th Ave SW, Magee, Mississippi and visitation on Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 10:00 am. 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. service at White Oak Baptist Church in White Oak, Mississippi.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 11:00 am at White Oak Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the County Line Baptist Church Cemetery in Mendenhall, Mississippi. Brother Danny Adams and Brother Tyler Chavis will officiate. Mrs. Cynthia Adams and Ms. Jennifer Adams will provide special music. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Magee is in charge of the arrangements. 601-849-5031

Richard was a man who never did anything halfway. He was often told that he had two speeds: off and wide open. He loved life, his family, and he loved Jesus. At the time of his death, he was a member of White Oak Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and sound technician.

As a young man he dreamed of being a cowboy. He ran away to Texas at the age of 11 to turn one, but only made it to Baton Rouge before he was caught. This dream came true when he retired and bought cows.

He loved boxing and turned that love into teaching boys, and even one or two girls, the fundamentals and skills of boxing. Several of his students won national titles. Richard himself was elected to the US Southern Association Coaches Hall of Fame in 2008, after winning several coaching awards over the years. He also enjoyed raccoon hunting, squirrel hunting, deer hunting and fishing with his children, grandchildren and cousins.

For many years he was an avid golfer and was paid for it. He retired as Director of the Pearl Golf Course in 2009.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard E. Archer, Sr.; mother, Ludie Mae Thompson Archer; brother, Harold Archer; and sister, Janice Walker.

Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-three years, Debbie Womack Archer of White Oak, MS; one son, Trey Archer of White Oak, MS; two daughters, Kelly Archer Nichols (Scott) of Brandon, MS and Lacey Archer Knauss (Jerry Rawson) of Florence, MS; six grandchildren, Erica Nichols McKinley (Lance) of Brandon, MS, Brian Nichols (Taylor) of Vicksburg, MS, Alyse Nichols Yates (Jesse) of Terry, MS, Clarissa Nichols Pearson (Nick) of Jackson, MS, Brandtly Davis of Florence , MS and Gahvin Davis of Florence, MS; nine great-grandchildren, Mason Brown of Brandon, MS, Maverick Miller of Brandon, MS, Adalen Miller of Brandon, MS, Harper McKinley of Brandon, MS, Avery McKinley of Brandon, MS, Camden Nichols of Vicksburg, MS, Colton Nichols of Vicksburg, MS, Cason Nichols of Vicksburg, MS and Layla Nichols of Brandon, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Pallbearers will be Mason Brown, Brian Nichols, Lance McKinley, Jesse Yates, Nick Pearson and Shea Walker.

The honorary pallbearers will be Brandtly Davis, Gahvin Davis, Zach Archer and Bobby Smith.

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