Shirley Faye Archer

By May 12, 2014 Obituaries

Shirley Faye (Hopkins) Archer, 71, of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Reverend William E. (Bill) Archer of Moncks Corner, South Carolina for over 53 years.

Shirley was born in Abbeville, SC on August 3, 1942 and grew up in Moncks Corner, SC. She was preceded in death by her parents Albert Colie and Mabel (Cann) Hopkins. She is also survived by a son, William A. Archer of St. Stephen, SC and a daughter, Michelle (Huger) McClellan of McClellanville, SC. Shirley also leaves behind her beloved granddaughters Jessica, Ashleigh, and Savannah McClellan, a treasured sister Gwen (Paul) Bartleson of Moncks Corner, SC and many nieces and nephews.

Throughout Bill and Shirley’s ministry she often served as WMU director and Sunday school teacher. She received numerous honors for her dedication and commitment to the music ministry, as she served as a pianist and organist for much of her life. She also taught high school business classes. One of her most cherished moments was when she received the “Greatest Grandmother of the Year” Award in 2008 by the state of South Carolina.

Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the McClellanville Baptist Church Cemetery on Society Road in McClellanville, SC. A service celebrating Shirley’s life will be held at 2:00 PM at Calvary Baptist Church in Moncks Corner, SC. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Baptist Foundation of South Carolina, 190 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC, 29210 in memory of Shirley Archer for ministerial scholarships at Charleston Southern University.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers who helped Shirley during her time of need.

Arrangements are by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation & Burial Services.


  • Michelle Anderson says:

    Preacher Archer (D), Bill, Michelle and Family.
    Words can never express how heartbroken we were to hear about Mrs. Shirley (Nana). I could have never thanked her enough for helping me with my children as they were growing up. She helped teach them about Jesus, helped to lead them in the right direction, and will forever hold a special place in all of our hearts. She was a true inspiration to everyone. I am so sorry for your loss, but heaven has gained a true Angel. You all will continue to be in my thoughts and Prayers.

    Much Love,

    Michelle, Daryl and Rachel Anderson

  • Tanya Jennings says:

    Preacher Archer, Michelle and Billy,
    My heart goes out to you during this time. Ms. Shirley was such an angel on earth. Your family has been such an inspiration to mine. I know she is flying high by her Lord and Savior now. You will continue to be in my prayers. We love you all.

    Tanya, Rock and Gwyn

  • Tom & Carra McGuire says:

    Our deepest sympathies go out to you at this time. We were very blessed to know such a fine lady and have such happy memories of her. We are confident that she is in the arms of Jesus and is in no more pain. We will
    one day see her again; of this we are sure. May the comfort of God be with all of you in this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Tom & Carra

  • Tom & Carra McGuire says:

    We are deeply saddened at the loss of Ms. Shirley. We were very blessed to know her and Bill. They have together been such a blessing to so many people in doing the Lord’s work. We are assured that she is now in the arms of Jesus and is in no more pain. Our deepest sympathies are with you all. May the peace and assurance of God be with you at this time and in the times to come.

    Tom & Carra