Archer, Pearl Johnston

Pearl Archer with the Mont Amoena Class of 1921. Photo courtesy of LeAnna Dunlap.

Pearl Johnston Archer Smith, c. 1951.













Class of 1921

Birth: August 25, 1901, Cabarrus, North Carolina
Death: June 5, 1990, Mooresville, Iredell, North Carolina

Spouse: Fred Watson Smith (1899 – 1930)
Marriage: August 25, 1924, Coddle Creek, Cabarrus, North Carolina

Occupation: Public school teacher

Willow Valley Cemetery
Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina, USA

Source:, # 50536499.


Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), August 27, 1924, p. 14.

Miss Pearle Johnston Archer Bride of Fred Watson. Leave for Mountains – Will Reside in Mooresville

In an impressive ceremony Miss Pearle Johnston Archer and Mr. Fred Watson Smith were wedded Monday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock in the grove at “Coddle Creek,” the home of the bride, Rev. F. A. Barnes, pastor of the bride, officiating.

On each side of the lawn were white opened gates through which the bridal party entered. The vows were spoken underneath an arch of white, twined with ivy. The porch presented a lovely back ground being banked with potted plants and evergreens.

Preceding the ceremony Miss Ethel Kesler sang, “The Sweetest Story Ever Told,” and “At Dawning,” accompanied by Miss Ruth Grose, who rendered the bridal chorus from “Lohengrin” as a processional.

During the ceremony Miss Grose played “The Flower Song,” and Mendelssohn’s march was used as a recessional. Miss Kesler and Miss Grose wore rose crepe with silk lace trimmings and carried arm bouquets of asters.

The little ribbon bearers were Margaret Archer and Marguerite Johnston, cousins of the bride. They wore pretty frocks of yellow, and entered from opposite sides through the gates and formed a pathway for the bridal part.

Miss Celia Tucker, maid of honor, entered alone. She wore a lovely gown of powder blue georgette  trimmed in lace and picture hat to match. She carried an arm bouquet.

The little flower girls were Miss Helen Smith, sister of the groom, and Helen Johnston, cousin of the groom. They wore dainty dresses of pink and carried a basket of asters tied with pink tulle.

Little Flynn Smith, brother of the groom, was ring bearer. He was handsomely dressed in a suit of white satin, and carried the ring on a silver tray.

The bride entered on the arm of her father, Mr. J. S. Archer, who gave her in marriage. She wore a handsome dress of black satin back crepe trimmed in tan with black hat and tan accessories. She carried brides roses with shower of lilies of the valley.

Mr. Hunter Smith, brother of the groom, acted as best man.

Mrs. Smith is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Archer. She is a charming young woman and a pretty brunette. She graduated at Mont Amoena seminary and has taught for the last few years.

Since the announcement of her engagement a number of lovely parties have been given in her honor.

Mr. Smith is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Smith, of Mooresville. He is a young man of splendid qualities of character. He is a graduate of Davidson college class of ’22. He now holds a responsible position with the First National bank of Mooresville.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith received many handsome and useful gifts.

Mr. and Mrs Smith lef immediately for a motor trip through the mountains of North Carolina. Upon their return they will be at home in Mooresville.

On Saturday evening Mr.s Archer, mother of the bride, entertained the bridal party and a few friends at which time the bride’s cake was cut.