Kirksey Funeral Home

69 North Main Street, Marion, NC


Brenda Kay Sneed

February 27, 1953March 23, 2020

Brenda Kay Dixon Hyatt Sneed, 67, of Marion, NC, went to be with the Lord Monday, March 23, 2020 at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville, surrounded by her loving family.

Brenda was born February 27, 1953 in McDowell County, NC to the late Earl Dixon and Mae Jenkins Dixon. Brenda grew up in Marion, NC where she attended Marion High School and McDowell Technical Community College. She had a career in multiple schools with the McDowell County School System and retired from NC Department of Corrections. She was a member of Greenlee Baptist Church.

Brenda was widowed at a young age, becoming a single mom for several years before marrying the love of her life, Buddy. She was an excellent mother and wife and a loving step-mother to Buddy’s daughter, Colleen.

Brenda was a superb cook and her family and friends enjoyed many delicious meals with her. She was known for the beautiful art and quilting she created and could produce numerous kinds of crafts that were as lovely as she was. No matter the Season she made beautiful art to celebrate and decorate. Her home blooms with the many plants and flowers she nurtured with her special gift.

Although Brenda was physically limited in her latter years, she never complained and would not let that interfere with her life. Not one to feel sorry for herself, she continued cooking, canning, painting and sewing. She also loved to go shopping and taking trips with her husband, Buddy. She was warm and generous with her love and friendship. Spending time with her three grandchildren, whom she adored, celebrating Holidays with her family and making everyone’s life better.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her first husband, Mark Hyatt and her sister, Carolyn Shuler.

Those left behind to cherish Brenda’s memory are her husband, Max Arthur “Buddy” Sneed; her son, Marc Hyatt (Candice); her step-daughter, Colleen Sneed; three grandchildren, Tripp Hyatt, Bella Hyatt and Charlie Hyatt; one sister, Judy Garman (Donald James “DJ”); one brother-in-law, Wade Shuler; one niece, Tonya Holland (Greg) and their daughter, Farran Holland; and two nephews, Michael Balderrama and Jeffery Balderrama.

A memorial service to celebrate Brenda’s life will be announced at a later date. To be notified of the pending service, email or text Marc Hyatt at marchyatt@gmail.com or (828)442-7917.

Those wishing to make a donation in Brenda’s memory are asked to consider Rusty’s Legacy, 139 Lytle Mtn Road, Marion, NC 28752.

Kirksey Funeral Home of Marion is honored to be serving the family.


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Jane Raffield

April 4, 2020

Buddy, I'm so sorry for your loss. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Harold and Margaret Grindstaff

April 3, 2020

Buddy, Margaret and I are deeply saddened to learn of Brenda passing. We enjoyed many good times, meals , and happy times together over the years. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

Keith and Deborah Leazer

April 2, 2020


Please know that my wife Deborah and I are praying for you and have you in our thoughts during this time.

Brenda was a very special person and will be missed.

We are thinking of you.

Keith and Deborah Leazer

Beth Ross

April 2, 2020

Buddy and Marc,
I am so sorry to hear about Brenda's passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, and please let us know when her service will be. Love to you all,
Bill and Beth Ross

James Brown

March 29, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing.
My deepest condolences. I know it will be even
harder on you not being able to have a memorial
service for Brenda at this time. Know that I often
think of the “old days” with very fond memories.
May God Bless you and hold you up during this
time of sorrow. Always wishing you the best!
James Brown

Nancy Greene

March 26, 2020

Buddy, Marc & Family, I am very sorry for your loss. Brenda was a wonderful person who loved her family very much. You were all so special to her and you made her days when she was able to do anything for you. You will all have very special memories of her to help ease your pain. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.