Tom Archibald
October 1, 1936  -  January 17, 2018

Tom Archibald

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Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Friday, January 19, 2018
Beginning at 2:00 p.m.
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Funeral Services
First United Methodist Church
500 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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Oak Hill Cemetery
Carrollton, MO  

I served in the Army.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at First United Methodist Church for Thomas Archibald, 81, of Artesia.

Pastor Monty Leavell will officiate the services. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Carrollton, Missouri in the Archibald family plot.

Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Friday beginning at 2:00 p.m. Mrs. Archibald and the family will greet friends at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thomas was born October 1, 1936, in Carrollton, Missouri the son of John Q. Archibald 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 where he graduated in 1958 with a B.S. in Accounting and worked in St. Louis for the Price Waterhouse CPA firm. Later he obtained an M.B.A. from the University of Georgia and completed all coursework for a Doctorate degree. In June 1959 he married Miriam Reed of St. Louis, Missouri also a University of Missouri graduate. He served in the US Army for 22 years. He and his family lived at 6-8 military posts in the USA, to include four years at the US Military Academy, West Point NY, 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. Tom was promoted to Lt. Col. in Nov 1975 and selected for promotion to Colonel in 1980, but decided to retire.

Upon military retirement, Thomas worked at the Vice President level for various universities for another 22 years. Among those schools were Southern Methodist University, the University of Georgia, University of Central Missouri and Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia. He and his wife Miriam both retired In 2002 from the University System of Georgia and moved to Artesia to be near their oldest 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 the First United Methodist Church, served on the Artesia Main Street Board and was very involved around town.

Survivors include wife Miriam (Reed) Archibald, of Artesia; daughter AnnEllse Smith and husband Paul Smith of Artesia; daughter Sarah Alison Archibald of Artesia; granddaughter Matlin Ann Carter, husband Jason Carter and great grandson Cole Carter, all of Colorado Springs, Colorado; granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth Smith of New York City; and granddaughter Brooke Nicole Eymard of Phoenix, Arizona.


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  1. John and Noreen Teel
    Lake Arthur, NM

    Our sincerest condolences. Tom was respected, admired and loved by us and so many. He will be missed. God bless.

  2. Phil Strickland
    Valdosta, GA

    Dear Miriam and family,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I certainly enjoyed working with Tom at Valdosta State. I have many good memories.

    Phil and Robbie Strickland
    Valdosta, GA

  3. Ruby Parker
    Artesia, NM

    So sorry for your loss. It was a great pleasure to have known Mr. Archibald. May you be comforted by God's great grace.

  4. Paula Davis
    Artesia, NM

    Tom was such a nice and happy person. He will be missed.

  5. Ann Farmer
    Valdosta, GA

    I was lucky enough to work with Tom when I first went to work with Valdosta State University. He was always friendly, open and willing to assist anyone however he could. I am sorry to hear of his passing and know that he will be missed by many. May his family rely on their strength, love and cherished memories during this painful time. God Bless.

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