Frederick Melbourne Archer

October 13, 1938October 17, 2018
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CHINA GROVE – Rev. Fred Archer, 80, formerly of Landis, NC, died Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at Trinity Oaks Health and Rehab, Salisbury, NC. He passed away after suffering from an autoimmune disease and Alzheimer’s and is home at last with his Lord and Savior. His greatest love was preaching the Word of God and ensuring that his children and grandchildren were followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Pastor Archer was born in 1938 to Fred and Pauline Archer of China Grove, NC. He graduated from Catawba College and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He served churches in Conover and Hendersonville, NC, Roanoke, VA, and West Columbia, SC. The last 30 years of his ministry were served at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, China Grove, NC.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Alice Archer; sons Greg (Doris) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and John (Ashlee) of Raleigh; daughters Jenny Cruse of Concord, NC, Amy Brown (Jarrett) of China Grove, NC. He is also cherished by his grandchildren Kaitlin Falleni (Jeremy), Nicholas Falleni, Elijah, Zachary, and Caleb Archer, Rebecca Archer, and Mason Brown, and great-grandchild Maverick Speicher.

Service: A memorial service is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Linn-Honeycutt Chapel in China Grove. Rev. James Douglas of Grace Lutheran, Charlotte, will officiate. A private graveside service will follow.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 28 at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Trinity Oaks Health and Rehab and Trellis Hospice Care for the care provided and support for the family over the last several months.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Oaks Health and Rehab, 820 Klumac Road, Salisbury, NC 28144 or Trellis Supportive Care, 301 South Main Street, Salisbury, NC 28144.

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Pat Schoepke

December 25, 2018

I will always remember the good talks Pastor and Herb had when he came for a visit. It was a Blessing to get to know Pastor and Alice and be a member of Good Shepherd. My Thoughts and Prayers are with Alice and the Archer Family.

Doris Schoepke

December 25, 2018

I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Archer and attending his church when visiting my mother-in-law. He was a wonderful man and we enjoyed his sermons. He will be greatly missed. Condolences to the family.

clement & Lenora bost

October 27, 2018

Alice & family wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We thought a lot of Freddie and have a lot of fond memories of him back years ago when he and a group of youth from Concordia ran around together.

Earl Eargle

October 26, 2018

It was sad to learn of Pastor Archer's passing. Fred was a very dear friend and seminary classmate of mine that will be sorely missed by many people. Fred was a TRUE SOLDIER OF THE CROSS ! He was given the nick name by his friends and associates "Fearless Fred" because he preached and taught the scriptures as they are written-nothing more and nothing less. The Holy Gospel came loud and clear as he proclaimed The Word Of Truth with love in a dynamic style. It was a pleasure to be associated with Fred and his devoted wife Alice and their children Jenny , Amy , Gregg and John. May the Holy Spirit give comfort to each one of you and all of us during this difficult time.


Earl and Eva Eargle


October 24, 2018

I was sad to hear of Fred's passing, but I know that he is with the Lord and we will one day see him again.
He was a gifted man of God and shepherd our little flock in Hendersonville, NC for many years.
"Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life." Rev. 2:10. Fred has his crown of life.
Praying God will comfort you, Alice and Children, during this difficult time.

Lillani Blythe

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October 24, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time and the days ahead (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

Robert Blythe

October 23, 2018

I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of Pastor Archer. He was a very kind and strong man of God who will always have a special place in my heart. He is with the Good Lord in Heaven for eternity.
Robert Blythe - Former member at Living Word Lutheran Church in Hendersonville, NC

Pastor Jon Guenther

October 23, 2018

Alice and family. Rhonda and I share your loss of and rejoice in the victory for Fred. We recall many times our gatherings and sharing God's Word and love. You are in our prayers. The blessing we have is knowing that we will be reunited with Jesus in heaven. Fred loved to serve God and His people. And he loved to tell me what was happening with his children and baseball. He enabled me to become a North Carolinian and I am proud to say I still am. Try as hard as he could, he never did get me to eat grits. May God continue to bring you His love and comfort. Thank you for sharing Fred with so many as he brought God's Word and love to many others.

Jon and Rhonda Guenther [formerly of Charlotte -- but our hearts are still there]

Tammy Blythe

October 22, 2018

Iam so appreciative for this man God and his gift to teach doctrine. Pastor Archer was my spiritual father,

Many years ago, after he moved from Hendersonville, I saw Fred and Alice at a restaurant after we had been to church. They were here visiting Luther Ridge. The sermon I had just listened to, was telling us to thank the person that was responsible for investing in our walk with Christ. Well with in minutes after we left church, I was sitting right next to that person! I had not seen him in years! I sat down beside him and was in tears! I had the opportunity to say thank you for starting my Christian walk. I was so overwhelmed to think I was just in deep thought of Fred ,and God saw fit to put us face to face after all those years. I needed to say thank you, and I think Fred needed to hear it. God is still at work in our lives daily. This chance encounter showed me that God is very much in control.Rest in Jesus arms dearest friend. Well done true and faithful servant.

Todd Redden

October 22, 2018

I always knew Mr. Archer as a good man, stubborn in his convictions, steadfast in his faith, and whose personal contributions touched many lives, include my own both past and present. God bless you all during this time of loss and celebration of new life.