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Archie "Arch" Andrews '49 November 16, 2022 1:45 PM updated: November 16, 2022 1:50 PM

Archie Purcell Andrews
September 20, 1928 - October 9, 2022

Archie Andrews, 94, lifelong resident of Archer County, died on October 9, 2022 at a Wichita Falls hospice.

Arch, as he was known to friends and family, became the first licensed veterinarian in the county when he opened his practice in Archer City in 1962. He provided continuous service to area rancher and dairymen for fifty years.

Archie Purcell Andrews was born in Olney on September 20, 1928 to Robert Oliver Andrews and Marguerite Purcell Andrews, and was raised on the family ranch in Southeast Archer County. He attended schools in Jean and Graham, and at sixteen entered Texas A&M College, whose football team became a lifelong passion (and source of frustration). He graduated from A&M in 1949, and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. After his military service, he went to veterinary school at Texas A&M, from which he graduated in 1961.

He married Louise Stowe of Olney in 1958. She survives him, as do their son, Will and his wife, Elana of Austin; their son, Matt and his wife, Melonie of Archer City; and a granddaughter, Vada of Ithaca, New York. His brother, Bob, and sister, Anne Bumpers, both of Olney predeceased him.

Like his mother before him, he was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church of Archer City, and served on its Board of Trustee for many years. He served on the board of the Archer City Independent School District, was a director of First State Bank of Archer City, and was a co-founder of the Archer County Junior Livestock Stock. He was active in the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. He was a member of the Archer City Cemetery Association where he served as a board member for over forty years.

In addition to being a veterinarian, he was a cattleman, like many of his kinsmen, and was especially proud of the Registered Hereford cattle he raised for more than fifty years on the ranch south of Archer City that had belonged to his grandfather.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at Aulds Funeral Home. Private Graveside services for family only will be under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date for the community. Gifts in his memory can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.


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