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Archie Kenneth Foote

March 7, 1920 February 18, 2008
Archie Kenneth Foote
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Archie K. Foote, affectionately known as Pop or Pop Archie, was the 7th of 12 children born to the late William Alexander and Charlotte Anne (Bishop) Foote.Archie was educated in the public school system in Calvert County.Archie served  in the United States Army from 1942-1945.  He loved to tell stories of his experiences in Casablanca and Sicily, Italy during World War II. On December 28, 1947, Archie married Thelma E. Gray and  reared eight children. Archie was a kind and gentle man, a loving husband, father and grandfather.  He  always served  the community.  His community services consisted of making sure that the church walkway was cleared after a snow storm and going to the church early to turn on the heat/air conditioning to make sure that the church was warm/cool by the start of service.  He visited hospitals, nursing homes, and the elderly to provide free haircuts to the sick and shut-in.  In addition to barbering services, Archie also provided free electrical repairs to neighbors and friends.  On Mondays, Archie would go to the church to ensure that trash had been removed after Sunday service.  In his leisure, Archie liked to watch sports, especially baseball, and playing with his grandchildren.Archie was a lifelong member of St. John United Methodist Church and remained active until his illness. He served faithfully on numerous committees which included: Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, Trustee Board, Usher Board, Building Committee, United Methodist Men, Mens Choir, Administrative Council, Family Ministry, East-John Youth Center Board of Directors, Church Sexton, and Senior Mens Ministry at East-John Youth Center.  Archie was a member of the American Legion Post #220, the Solomons Third Alarm Auxiliary, and a United Way Day of Caring Volunteer.     Archie was employed in many capacities.  Some of his places of employment were the Patuxent Naval Air Base in St. Marys County, InterCounty-Delaware, Maryland Foundation-West Virginia, Glenmar Construction, Griffin Gas Consumers, a furniture store in Baltimore, and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), where he was the first African American to be hired as a lineman at the Calvert County facility.  Archie retired from SMECO at the age of 76, after 23 years of service.  Although Archie was a man of many talents and trades, his passion was barbering and at this he was a perfectionist.  Clients often joked about how long he kept them in the chair.  Archie worked at the barbershop on Friday evenings and all day on Saturday for over 60 years.  (His father taught him the art of barbering at the age of 12.)  It was a place of refuge for grandfathers, fathers and sons for camaraderie and grooming.  His prices were more than modest, practically free.  When some didnt have the money to pay, he never turned them away.Archie will be dearly missed by Thelma, his  devoted wife of sixty years, his children, Basil, Bruce, Beverly Thomspon, Yvonne Foote, Philip, Karen Brooks, Elaine Romeo, Melanie Davis; sons-in-law Darrell Thompson, Kevin Brooks, Charles Romeo, Jr., and Sean Davis; daughters-in-law Alice Chase, Debbie Foote, and Francene Foote; grandchildren, Dion, Terrence, Philip Jr., Anneke, Jermaine, Nia, LaKeesha, Tonee, Shantonia, Kenneth, Trinity, Tiffany, Erica, Shanae, Charles III (Chas), Terrell, Andrew, Tyler, Sean, Melissa, Kimberly, David,  Darrell Jr., Danielle, Charles, Troy, Tammy, Tia, Danyle, Ana, Damien; great-grandchildren, Aniya (Little Sue), Zyon, Hope, Emmanuel (Little Luiji), Angela, Nandi, Kenya, David Jr., Laura, Parish, Dwayne, LaToya, Lakisha, Caleb, Swanniqua, Erica, Alazha, Jordan, Jaylen, Brittany, Destiny, Morgan, Shaquillo, Jerome; great-great grandchild, Chauna; brothers, Philip Foote, William Glen Foote; brothers-in-law, Irvin Beverly, Francis Beverly, and Malcolm Beverly; Sisters-in-law, Ruth Foote, Eliza Foote, Theresa Foote, Elizabeth Jetter, Rita Alleyne, Eilene Beverly, Helen Beverly, and Barbara Beverly; adopted daughters Marilyn Mackall and Miki Wright; adopted grandson, Diarra Mackall; special friends, Warren Beverly, Jeremiah Hutchins, and Theo Proctor; special nephews Brian Beverly, Irvin Beverly, Jr., Linwood Beverly, Malcolm Beverly, John Foote, David Lee and a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Cemetery:
10:00 A.M. at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery 11301 Crain Highway Cheltenham, MD 20623 on Friday, February 29, 2008(map/driving directions)

Visitation:

6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at St. John UM Church 1475 Sollers Wharf Road Lusby, MD 20657 on Sunday, February 24, 2008 (map/driving directions)
10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Southern Calvert Baptist Church 12140 H.G. Trueman Road Lusby, MD 20657 on Monday, February 25, 2008 (map/driving directions)

Service:
11:00 A.M. at Southern Calvert Baptist Church 12140 H.G. Trueman Road Lusby, MD 20657 on Monday, February 25, 2008 (map/driving directions)

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