1956 ~ 2020
Date of Death: July 31, 2020
In profound sadness, the staff of Veasley Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. want to express our sincere condolences to the Pilgrim family. Archie’s earthly temple is now resting in the care of Veasley Funeral Home. Revelations 21:4 says "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death; nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away." Be assured that in the days ahead you will surely gain strength from the memories of Mr. Archie Dale Pilgrim.
Derrick Veasley ~ Director
Henry Veasley ~ Director
Pastor E.C. Maltbia ~ Chaplain
Cicero Archie Dale Pilgrim, 64, of Conway, Arkansas was born on Monday, June 4, 1956 to the late Cicero Pete Pilgrim and Lee Ethel McCray Pilgrim Ealy. He was called home by the Lord on Friday, July 31, 2020 to take his rest. He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Richard Ealy; his oldest sister, Connie Elizabeth Bunting, and a brother, Carl Phillip Pilgrim.
Archie accepted Christ at an early age, and was baptized at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. He was educated in the Conway and Greenbrier Public School Systems. He graduated from Greenbrier High School in 1974. He was an awesome basketball player. He received a scholarship from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas.
Archie was well known as a self-taught artist. His paintings possessed a mood brought out by his skill and imagination. His style and influence resembled that of the great artist Norman Rockwell. He furthered his artistic abilities when he attended Arkansas Tech University. He also was a poet and a very talented musician. Several of his poems were featured in the Log Cabin Democrat. A lot of his art work and talents have been enjoyed and seen all over the country. He also accomplished the art of creating murals. If you need to see one, you can find one at the Conway Human Development Center (CHDC) and another one of the "Last Supper" in the House of Prayer and Praise Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Archie was a loving, kind, mild-mannered man, who had a heart of gold, and he never met a stranger. He loved to laugh and read about history in general. He was always willing to share his last with you, even if it meant he had to do without. He was also an avid student of God's written Word, the Bible. He memorized and quoted many scriptures. If you had a conversation with him about the Bible, you had better be ready for him, for he would correct you about it.
Archie leaves to cherish his memories, three sisters, Kathleen (Andrew) Robertson of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Donna (Jerry) Ross of Morrilton, Arkansas, Betty Carole Bonner of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Thomas Earl (Clemontene) Pilgrim of Conway, Arkansas, Patrick Rick Lloyd Pilgrim of Little Rock, Arkansas, and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and many, many friends.
Public walk-through visitation will be held Friday, August 7, 2020 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at Veasley Funeral Home.
Celebration of life service will be held Saturday, August 8, 2020, 2:30pm at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church (Wooster), 53 Pilgrim Rest Rd., Greenbrier, Arkansas 72058.
Committal service and final resting place will be held at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.