Fred Rockwell Archer Jr.
March 2, 1940 - April 16, 2021
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Fred Rockwell Archer, Jr. 81, passed away April 16, 2021 in Norfolk, Virginia. Services for Fred are private. To leave online condolences to the family, please visit  

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Shelley B Gnade left a message on April 22, 2021:
Like many others, I knew Fred through the Network of Biblical Storytellers. He was always such a positive, loving presence and I looked forward to greeting him every year. Fred took on the task of orienting new attendees to the annual Festival Gathering and he was perfectly suited for it. His personality was as friendly, accepting and welcoming as a Labrador puppy--truly so happy to greet everyone and play his part to help them feel a part of the larger group. (Knowing how much Fred loved his own dog, I'm hoping he would feel honored by the puppy reference.) The world is a less colorful place without you, Fred. I will miss you and extend heartfelt sympathy to Nancy and his family.
Pat Walsh left a message on April 21, 2021:
I was very sorry to read of Fred's passing. I only knew him briefly, through the time that my late husband Neil and I attended the support group meetings for IPF. He was always so friendly and encouraging. I hope that he did not suffer much with his disease at the end of his long and well-lived life. May God hold each of his family members gently and may you each find peace in your faith and joy in your memories of Fred. With sincere condolences and prayers for your comfort. Pat Walsh
Tracy Radosevic left a message on April 20, 2021:
The news of Fred's passing saddens me deeply. I knew him through his long relationship with the Network of Biblical Storytellers. Fred's greeting and bear hug were always eagerly anticipated. His smile could light up a room and his laugh could lift the lowest of spirits. He was a great storyteller -- of many genres! -- and I appreciate his willingness to help me out in my freelance storytelling career by securing gigs for me at his church as well as for a larger Presbyterian audience at Bonclarken Conference Center. The world is a little less bright now with his absence. RIP, Fred, and thanks for the stories, the laughs, and the support.
Robin E. Wooddell left a message on April 20, 2021:
I was sorry to hear of Fred's death. As an Interim Pastor for the presbytery, I was active in the biblical storytellers group with Fred as the convener.. I enjoyed "telling" with Fred & others at churches & nursing facilities. I was also the Interim at Coleman Place after Fred retired. Fred was a friend & I will always remember him with fondness. May God uphold you & the rest of the family in your time of remembrance & grief. Christ's love & comfort be with you. Robin Wooddell
Nancy Blankenship Jones left a message on April 20, 2021:
Fred was the chaplain on the USS SIMON LAKE when I joined the crew in 1986. As we changed homeports to Holy Loch, Scotland, he quickly became one of my favorite shipmates, and I believe that sentiment was shared by everyone. Fred’s faith, sense of humor and ability to connect with those in need of spiritual guidance, or just a good friend, made him such a special person. He left Nancy and his children behind for that tour, and he missed them so much. He loved to tell us about his family, his face would light up with every story he told. Fred and I kept in touch sporadically over the last 35 years, and it was such fun to reminisce about old times. I find myself doing that now, and I can’t help but smile and be grateful for the privilege of having known him as I remember what a character he was. Blessings to the Archer family during this difficult time. May your sweet memories of Fred give you peace. ♥️
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