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    Wednesday, November 13 2019
    Clarence Sterling Snead

    Posted by: Clarke and Staples Funeral Homes, Inc. AT 01:23 pm   |  Permalink   |  9 Comments  |  Email
    We are sorry to learn of Clarence passing. Each of you truly showed him your love through the years of his illness.
    Posted by Ann and Marvin Alder on 11/14/2019 - 04:38 PM
    So very sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort, peace and understanding! Betsy
    Posted by Betsy Newcomb Long on 11/14/2019 - 07:01 PM
    Wendy, Crystal and Barbara... I am so sorry to here of your loss. Thank you for your friendship and allowing me into your home and lives where I met this wonderful man. You are all in my thoughts... Debbie
    Posted by Debbie Driggs Cochran on 11/14/2019 - 07:27 PM
    My Heart, My Soul! So many wonderful, Wonderful memories. Loved taking him Hunting! He had an Awesome sense of Humor!! Always playing jokes on me!! He was A very Strong Man! He had to go thru so much my last year with him and I was Amazed how Strong he was. I know if he can he will play jokes on me! I will always Treasure my Memories my Precious Clarence. I loved you with all my ❤️!! Wendy and Crystal YOU WERE THE BEST DAUGHTERS ANYONE COULD EVER ASK FOR. You will always be my Sisters!! Love all of you! Nancy and Alice were the best Sisters anyone could ask for!
    Posted by Deborah Cashion on 11/14/2019 - 07:51 PM
    Sorry for your loss. I have some good memories working with Clarence years ago at the propane company. God bless.
    Posted by Tony Bradford on 11/14/2019 - 08:00 PM
    So sorry to hear of Clarence passing. He was nice gentleman who will surely be missed Rest In Peace
    Posted by Jim and Deborah Nowlin on 11/16/2019 - 02:51 PM
    So sorry to hear of Clarence passing. He was a nice gentleman who will surely be missed. Rest In Peace.
    Posted by Jim and Deborah Nowlin on 11/19/2019 - 09:09 AM
    Sorry to hear about Clarence. He was a good man. Heartfelt sympathy to you all. May God comfort you all during this time.
    Posted by Mike Pettry on 11/19/2019 - 05:48 PM
    Nancy, Alice, and family, so sorry to hear of Clarence's passing. Our Prayers and thoughts are with the entire family during this difficult. Find comfort in knowing that others care and share your sadness. God Bless! Michael & Katherine
    Posted by Michael Sr and Katherine Arthir on 11/20/2019 - 11:37 PM

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    Clarence Sterling Snead of Wilmington, North Carolina, and previously of Lunenburg County, Virginia, son of the late Percy Clarence Snead and Blanche Sterling Overton Snead, passed away on November 13, 2019, in his sleep.  He is also preceded in death by his beloved and look-alike brother, James Thomas Snead. 

    Clarence was the grandson of the late John Thomas Overton and Myra Walker Overton of Lunenburg County, Virginia, and the late James Thomas Snead and Carrie Vaden Shelton Snead of Pittsylvania County, Virginia. 

    Clarence was born September 30, 1940, in Lunenburg County, Virginia, at the ole home place.  He was the oldest of four children and was educated in the Lunenburg County public school system.  He grew up on the Snead family farm where he learned to hunt and fish.  Always the avid outdoorsman, Clarence was a member of several local hunting clubs, including Rock Bridge Hunt Club, which is located on the family farm.  He enjoyed the comradery and friendships that came with the hunting club.  Clarence had many friends, most of whom he had known since childhood.  He loved animals.  Walker Hounds, in particular, were his favorite.  He enjoyed training dogs to hunt and could recognize each dog by their bark.  He loved to watch and listen as the dogs ran through the woods tracking game.  He was a skilled rifleman and a gun collector.  His favorite guns were the ones passed down from generations before him. 

    He liked to get up early and enjoyed a good hearty breakfast.  He spent many mornings after retirement having breakfast at the community table at Victoria Restaurant.  Lunenburg County was in his blood and he felt like the folks in the county were his family.  Since an early age, Clarence worked on the family farm, helping to raise tobacco along with most of the food they ate.  Besides a huge garden, the family raised hogs, chickens and cattle.  He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean Ellington Snead in 1964 at Victoria Baptist Church in Victoria, VA.  After marrying, Clarence continued to raise tobacco on the side but went to work at Columbia Gas Systems. The marriage produced two loving daughters.  Like he and his brother, his daughters are close in age and are often mistaken for one another.  His girls were always the center of his life.  He never missed a ballgame or school performance in which they were involved.  He instilled the value of family and loyalty in his girls as he had been taught by his parents.  His grandchildren brought him great pride as well.  He loved spending time with them and watching them grow.  His mechanical mind was passed down to his grandson and his love of animals is seen clearly in his granddaughter. 

    After over 25 years at Columbia Gas Systems, Clarence retired to full-time farm life.  Having grown up on the farm, Clarence was always the happiest at the farm.  Even in his later years, Clarence longed to drive his tractor and be out on the farm. 

    Clarence is survived by his beloved family - children and their spouses, Wendy Snead Wrigglesworth (Jim) and Crystal Snead Hunt (Pete) of Wilmington, North Carolina; grandchildren, James Battle Wrigglesworth and Valley Elizabeth Hunt;  two sisters, Alice Snead Yeatts of Burkeville, Virginia, and Nancy Lee Snead of Lunenburg Courthouse, Virginia, and many cousins.

    Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Victoria Baptist Church, in Victoria, Virginia with private interment.  Clarence will be laid to rest among members of his family at Tussekiah Baptist Church graveyard in Meherrin, Virginia. Please consider memorial donations to Victoria Fire and Rescue Squad, Victoria, Virginia. 

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