Billy Don Archer, 73, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017, at
Baptist Health-Little Rock. He was born July 1, 1944, in Manila,
Arkansas to James Manuel and Christine Smith Archer. Billy
graduated salutatorian of his class from Palestine, Arkansas. After
graduation he entered the Army and trained in teletype. In 1966
he then went to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone. He met and
married the love of his life, Dolly Kimble, in 1967. In 1970
they moved to Hot Springs where their daughter, Jena, was born.
He served as union president of Communication Workers of
America-Local 6503 for a time. Billy took an early retirement at
the age of 53 from Southwestern Bell. After retirement he went
to work for the National Park Service in Hot Springs. In 2015
Billy and Dolly moved to Stuttgart to be closer to family.
Billy enjoyed spending time at the deer cabin near White Oak
State Park. He enjoyed spending time on Lake Hamilton. His
granddaughters were the light of his life. He was their biggest
fan; whether dancing, playing softball, or basketball.
Billy was baptized at Piney Baptist Church in Hot Springs.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife,
Dolly; and brothers, Bob and Jerry.
Survivors are his daughter, Jena Stratton and husband Mark of
Stuttgart; brothers, Eugene Archer (Kathy) of Paragould, and
Kenneth Archer of Shirley; sisters Lilly Harris (Bill) of Ozark,
Cindy Gillmore (Delmas) of Sulphur Rock, and Nancy Scott of
Jasper, Alabama; and two granddaughters, Abby and Emily.
Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Turpin funeral home
followed by graveside service at 11:00 a.m. at Lone Tree