Lowell Wayne Snodgrass

July 25, 1934 ~ May 22, 2018

Born in: Piney Flats, TN
Resided in: Oak Ridge, TN

Lowell Wayne Snodgrass, 83, of Oak Ridge, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Canterfield Assisted Living in Oak Ridge. Wayne was born in Piney Flats in a home with no electricity, no running water or indoor plumbing, raised by a single mother until he was thirteen years old. After high school he hiked from Piney Flats to ETSU for two years to attend college. He then joined the Air Force and was stationed in Japan for four years, during which time he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. The GI Bill helped him to obtain his Bachelor?s Degree in Accounting, and when he was in his late thirties he went back to ETSU to achieve his Master?s Degree in Accounting while also raising three children. He went on the work at Holston Defense for thirty-three years and retired as the Principle Accountant. He spent his retirement traveling, gardening, and playing golf with his Piney Flats buddies as well as his son, Greg and brothers-in-law, Jim and Aut. He also loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He never turned down a chicken biscuit, hotdog, or cup of coffee. He will be remembered by those who loved and knew him best by his unconditional love. Wayne is preceded in death by his wife of fifty-seven years; Katheryn Frye Snodgrass; two-year-old daughter, Vicki Carole Snodgrass, and his mother, Nell Smalling Ramsey. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Dr. Gregory Snodgrass and his wife Leslie, of Oak Ridge, Denise Morton and her husband Joel, of Gray, and Paige Fletcher and her husband Bill, of Johnson City; his grandchildren, Marybeth Snodgrass, Sam Snodgrass, and Hannah Morton; and his granddog, Yoyo. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Piney Flats United Methodist Church. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM with Pastor Scott Brady officiating. A committal will be held at 3:00 PM at Monte Vista Memorial Park. The family of Wayne Snodgrass wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Canterfield Assisted Living for the love and care provided to Wayne and Katheryn during their stay. We love you. Memorial contributions may be made to Piney Flats United Methodist Church, 225 Methodist Church Street, Piney Flats, TN, 37686; or Word of Life Church, 305 Bob Jobe Road, Gray, TN, 37615 in care of Joel Morton.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Please accept my Sincere Sympathy and Understanding in the passing of Wayne. I know he will be greatly missed by his family and friends..

  2. Anonymous says:

    My sincere condolences to friends and family for your loss. This hope really comforts me and I pray it can help you too: Jesus said, “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”(John 5:28-29) The thought of holding those we love in our arms again can help us cope during this very difficult time. We are so sorry again, Lowell will be missed greatly. You can get more comforting thoughts at Jw.org.

  3. Anonymous says:

    A kind and gentle Angel has got his wings. My sincere condolences to Wayne’s family and to his many friends. May God bless each of you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Greg and family- my sincere sympathy is extended to you on the loss of your father. Mother shared this news with me this morning.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Greg, Denise, Paige & families: It was with great surprise and deep sadness to read of your dad’s passing. I had not seen him in a few years and I was aware of your mother’s death. I have many fond memories of Wayne and our coworkers at HDC and I give him a lot of credit for opportunities presented to me for growth and personal development at the plant. His leadership and willingness to work together to solve problems were helpful to us all. I’m sorry I can’t be there to relate many “Wayne” stories in person, but I’m coming off major surgery at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time and I know that God will bring you His comfort. All who knew Wayne will miss him. Take care of yourselves and be sure to pass along “grandpa” stories to your children. God bless. Bill

  6. Anonymous says:

    I had the privilege of working with Wayne at Holston Defense. He was a true gentleman. He and Katheryn were very gracious people. May his family be comforted during this life transition. Albert King Alcoa, TN

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