who began flying with North Mississippi Air in 1987, was a pilot
for Air Methods Corporation, formerly Rocky Mountain Helicopters (RMH),
based at North Mississippi Medical Center. Archer, 58, began his
military career as a jet aircraft mechanic in 1968 with the
Meridian Air National Guard and transferred to the Army Guard in
Tupelo in 1975. He attended Army Officer Candidate School, Army
Officer Basic and Army Rotary Wing Flight Training. He spent
several years flying with the National Guard, Tupelo Police
Department and Mississippi Forestry Service. He received
multi-engine, fixed wing, commercial, instrument and flight
instructor ratings along with airframe and power plant (A&P)
Flying for the aero medical services includes being a part of an
elite team, which was a gratifying experience for Archer. He
enjoyed having the opportunity to work with highly trained medical
flight crew members and pilots, who bring a wealth of experience,
education and expertise to NMMC.
Archer's family includes his wife, Marcia of Wren, and daughter,
Leigh Anne, and her husband, Chris Erickson, and their daughter,
Campbell Lee Erickson.
In an interview in 1997, Archer said, "Flying for RMH and North
Mississippi Health Services for the last 10 years has been the
most gratifying job I have ever had. I feel fortunate to be a part
of a team that I truly love, and that I think is so important to
North Mississippi Medical Center has established the James Archer
Memorial Fund at Bancorp South, 1 Mississippi Plaza, Tupelo, MS
38804. Gifts may be made at any branch of Bancorp South and will be
given to the family.
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North Mississippi Medical Center Aero medical Services.
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