Jim attended Pan American University and Southwest Texas State University before moving in 1966 to Austin, where he worked in the finance business with the majority of his career at North Austin State Bank. He later retired from Bank of America in 1991.
He was a member of Highland Lakes United Methodist Church in Buchanan Dam.
Jim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judy (Ramsey) Archer of Buchanan Dam; daughter, Jodie Archer and husband Emory Powell Thompson of Austin; son, Jimmy Lee Archer Jr. and wife Leah of Austin; grandchildren, Taylor Amanda and Emory Archer Thompson and Ashlyn Lee Archer, all of Austin; brother Billy Jack Archer of Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Alton, Wilson, Jewell and Dick Archer, Mildred Vick and Mary Nichols.
Jim was a man who never met a stranger, could fix anything and was always ready to lend a hand. During his life, he was involved in a number of community and charitable organizations. He was a charter member and the first president of Town and Country Optimist Club of Jollyville, a charter member and treasurer of North Austin Lions Club and a lifetime member of Lions International, a member and past treasurer of Austin Bass Club, a member of Austin Road Riders Association, a charter member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Austin, a charter member of Courtyard Tennis Club, a member of Balcones Country Club, a member of the Highland Lakes Radio Control Club, member of Highland Lakes Methodist Church, member of Buchanan Dam Lions Club, he a Meals on Wheels Volunteer and president of the Westwood High School Booster Club.
A celebration of life service is April 28 at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church, 8303 RR 1431 West in Kingsland, with the Rev. Grady Roe officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 8001 Centre Park Drive, Suite 150, Austin, TX 78754; or Highland Lakes United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1005, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609.
Arrangements by Putnam Funeral Home & Crematory, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008. Go to www.putnamcares.com to sign an online guest register.