Stephen Jacob Archer

January 14, 1993August 2, 2011

Stephen Archer, age 18 of Clay passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2011. He attended Clay Chalkville High School. Survivors include his parents, Steve and Jessica Archer; sisters: Tiffany and Kasey Archer; best friends: Tyler and Crimson Archer; and a host of other family and friends. His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Ridout's Gardendale Chapel with burial in Hopewell Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements under the direction of Ridout's Gardendale Chapel, 205-631-6252 in Gardendale, AL.


  • Visitation Saturday, August 6, 2011
  • Funeral Service Sunday, August 7, 2011

Stephen Jacob Archer

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August 10, 2011

To our friends the Archers. So great is your loss and sorrow. Remember Stephen with all the smiles and happy times together. Our prayers are for you.
Roger & Betty Graves


August 9, 2011


chris miller

August 9, 2011

stephen you was a very cool kid that i got to know i wish that you did not have to leave this world . but i know that you are in a better place now . I will alway keep you in my heart and prayers . you and your family is always on my mind . I'm so sorry that we never got to go fishing with you again . but i know that we will get to fish again soon . love you pal

Terri Buckner

August 7, 2011

To the Archer family: May the peace of God that passes ALL understanding ...COMFORT only He can... Our hearts go out to you all ...

Terri Buckner

August 7, 2011

I pray the peace of God comfort you as only He can..Please know our hearts go out to all of you and we are here for you.

August 7, 2011

Stephen was a great kid. We loved him and he will always have a special place in our hearts. Our only regret is not having seen him enough lately. We will miss him but I have no doubt he is in Heaven now with all the loved ones who have gone before him. Mickey Kennedy
Gardendale, Al.

anita green

August 6, 2011

I didn't know Steven but have heard so many good things about him. I am so sorry to hear about your loss and I am praying for u and your family that god gives u peace and comfort u during these hard times and days ahead. Anita Green

Eva & George Logan

August 6, 2011

Steve and Jessica there are no words that can make the hurt go away I'm sure. But I believe our God will help you thur this hurt. I'll always remember that beautiful smile he had any time that you spoke to him. May God bless and keep you . Eva and George

Keith & Debbie Pollard

August 6, 2011

We are so sorry for your loss. Stephen was always so polite and so well mannered.He always helped us with Nattie. He loved animals.I will never forget his love for Alabama football, even though we are Auburn fans.He was always nice! Our heart is breaking for your family. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Kelly Alfano

August 5, 2011

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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