Published: 12:52 pm, Fri. Jan. 19th, 2018Updated: 12:51 pm
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at First United Methodist Church for Thomas Archibald of Artesia.
Archibald, 81, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Artesia.
Pastor Monty Leavell will officiate the services, with interment to follow in the Archibald family plot at Oak Hill Cemetery in Carrollton, Mo.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today at Terpening & Son Mortuary. Mrs. Archibald and family will greet friends from 4-5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Thomas was born Oct. 1, 1936, in Carrollton, Mo., the son of John Q. and Irene (Davidson) Archibald. His paternal grandparents came from the Isle of Man to Carrollton in 1852, prospered as farmers, educated their children, and helped build the town.
Tom attended the University of Missouri, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He worked in St. Louis for the Price Waterhouse CPA firm. Tom later obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and completed all coursework for a doctorate degree.
In June 1959, he married Miriam Reed of St. Louis, also a University of Missouri graduate.
Tom served in the U.S. Army for 22 years. He and his family lived at six to eight military posts in the U.S., including four years at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., three years in Germany, and three years in Belgium. Tom served in Vietnam at the rank of major with the 23rd Infantry Division, Chu Lai. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in November 1975 and was selected for promotion to colonel in 1980 but decided to retire.
Upon military retirement, Tom worked at the vice president level for various universities for another 22 years. Among those schools were Southern Methodist University, the University of Georgia, the University of Central Missouri, and Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga. He and Miriam both retired in 2002 from the University System of Georgia and moved to Artesia to be near their eldest daughter and two granddaughters.
Locally, Tom was referred to by one group as “Grandpa Tom” and by others as “the Colonel.” He was active in First United Methodist Church, served on the Artesia MainStreet Board, and was very involved around town.
Survivors include his wife, Miriam (Reed) Archibald, of Artesia; daughter AnnElise Smith and husband Paul of Artesia; daughter Sarah Alison Archibald of Artesia; granddaughters Matlin Ann Carter and husband Jason of Colorado Springs, Colo., Sarah Elizabeth Smith of New York City, and Brooke Nicole Eymard of Phoenix, Ariz.; and great-grandson Cole Carter of Colorado Springs.
Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.