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Kent P. Snead

June 29, 1945 - May 29, 2022

Kent Poindexter Snead, 76, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend departed for his heavenly home late Sunday evening, May 29th, 2022.

Kent was born in Bangalore, India on June 29th, 1945, to his parents, the late Edward Poindexter Snead (b.1920-2001) and Phyllis Marguerite Edwards (b.1913-1991). Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 51 years, Marjorie, daughter Wendy and husband, John, daughter Teri and husband Daris, son Robert and wife Michele, daughter Jackie and husband Dwain as well as his two younger sisters, Karen Snead Nelson and Jill Snead Age, 10 beloved grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews, cousins, and many close friends who were like family to him.

Kent was raised in Richmond, Virginia where humble beginnings taught him the value of hard work. Kent often loved to tell his kids and grandkids stories of how, when he was an early teen, he sold newspapers to make a little money. Kent graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in 1963 then went on to attend Virginia polytechnic Institute and State University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1970. Kent put himself through college with a co-op sponsored by Olin Paper Company in Brevard, NC. After graduating, Kent was offered a full-time position with Olin which he accepted.

Many know the story of how dear friends, Al and Dale Boxley, set Kent and Marjorie up on a blind date. As they say, the rest is history! Married in Richmond on June 27th,1970, Marjorie joined Kent to start their lives in Brevard. By 1978, Kent was the proud father to Wendy, Teri, and Robert. His career excelled and he moved the family to Amherst, Virginia where he worked for Greif Brothers, formerly Virginia Fiber Paper Company. In 1979, his youngest daughter, Jackie, arrived to complete their family of six. An avid fly fisherman when he had time, Kent loved their home in the foothills of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. He and Margie were active members of Amherst Baptist Church and had a full, busy life raising their four children. A life-long learner who valued the importance of education, it was during these years that Kent completed his MBA from Lynchburg College.

In 1997, with all four children out of high school, Kent advanced again in his career, this time moving he and Margie to Powell, Ohio to work at the corporate office of Greif. During this time, Kent was able to pursue his hobby of woodworking with a commercial-quality shop in the basement of their home. He lovingly built several furniture items that will forever be family heirlooms. When Margie’s mother became ill, Kent did not hesitate to move back to Richmond to be there for his family. Kent loved his family fiercely and his life is a testament of that love.

More recently, event though, facing significant illness, Kent’s fighting spirit kept him here on borrowed time. We are proud to have been able to call Kent our husband, father, brother, and friend.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 3rd, at Kent and Margie’s home, 6150 Pond Grass Road, Mechanicsville, VA. A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 4th at Fork Union Cemetery, Fork Union, Virginia. Donations may be made in memory of Kent to https://www.forkunion.com/giving/

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Marjorie and family, I just learned of Kent's passing. Kent and I go back to 1963. He was a postgraduate and I was a senioe at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia.(FUMA) We both played foortball on FUMA's post graduate team-he as a wide receiver and I as a defensive back. Both of us were in Band Company, tho I can not remember what instrument he played. I played coronet. Band Company was a closely knit number of cadets-probably 60-65 strong. We competed all over Virginia in various marching parades and usually took first place in each one. Kent was older than most of us and quite mature as a result. He was about 6'4" or 6'5" so he stood out from the crowd. We lost touch with each other until our class of 1964 decided to have a 50th reunion in 2014. I was on the committee planning the reunion and we worked diligently to find as many of our classmates as possible. Fifty years is a long time to locate others you havent been in touch with all through the years. I found Kent living in Mechanicsville, Va. I lived in Nokesville, va. We rendezoused several times djuring the summer of 2013 and 2014. Kent's broad smile had not changed. His friendliness brought back fond memories of our days at Fork Union. He was always interested in the details of others' lives. He loved and appreciated history. His grandfather co-founded Fork Union Military Academy. We went back to FUMA for our 50th reunion in 2014 and one more time around 2016-17. During our last trip at FUMA we visited the Alumni House on campus which was full of historical pictures, memorabilia and artifacts. Kent marvelled at how many items told the story of his own heritage and he saw some pictures of his grandfather and own father who attended FUMA for the first time. Kent could have lingered there all afternoon. I am so glad Kent and took the time and made the effort to reunite after all the years since we last saw one another at Fork Union. I will never forget him. He was truly a good friend who cared about his loved ones and friends. I shall see you in a short while, my friend and there will be no more pain, hurt and sorrow. Larry Fischer, FUMA Class of 1964

Posted by Larry Fischer on July 16, 2022

Kent was such a special and wonderful man. He loved his family deeply and treasured each of you. He was a good friend and made those around him feel appreciated. I remember with joy the many special times we spent together during our years at Amherst Baptist. I am thankful to have known him and love you all and pray God will fill your hearts with peace during this difficult time

Posted by Debi Worley on June 2, 2022

Margie and family, We just want to send our love and heartfelt sympathy to you all over the loss of Kent. What a man what a friend and what a neighbor. We cherish our many memories around the table enjoying good times and laughter. Watching one another with projects around the houses. So many memories as we raised our children together! May you all feel the presence of the Lord surrounding you during this time. We love you all!

Posted by Lee and Betty Sue Bryant on June 1, 2022

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