Key West CitizenAugust 6, 2017


Roy Emerson Archer, a fourth generation Conch and proud native son, went to be with the Lord on July 5, 2017, in Leesburg, Florida. He was 56 years old, and suffered a stroke.

Roy was an accomplished skater, winning many competitions in Key West in the late 1970s. His greatest enjoyment, however, was derived from his time spent in and under the ocean, whether pleasure boating and fishing, or pursuing his marine salvage diving career. His diving exploits are mentioned in an exhibit at the Shipwreck Museum in Mallory Square. He was also a master carpenter, and helped restore many historic Conch homes.

Much appreciation and thanks from the family to all the friends of his youth that ran the Eaton Street neighborhood with him, bare-footed and glorying in the freedom of childhood. Roy had a great life. He and his big, easy-going grin will be missed.

Roy was preceded in death by his father, Leland “Corky” Archer. He is survived by his mother, Patsy Jones Archer, daughter Allison Archer White, two grandsons, Hunter and Landon White, all of Key West, and three sisters, Kathy, Sheila and Judy.