Herbert Ray "Bert" Snelling, Jr.

May 18, 1962May 31, 2019
Obituary of Herbert Ray "Bert" Snelling, Jr.
Herbert Ray “Bert” Snelling, Jr., 57, of Virginia Beach, was taken from us during the tragic events that occured on May 31st, 2019. He was born in Norfolk, VA on May 18th 1962 and resided in Virginia Beach for most of his life. All of his love will continue with “His Girl”, wife of 38 years Sonja. He is survived by his mother, Veronica “Roni” Sharrett; and his father, Herbert Ray Snelling, Sr. (wife Gail); brother Micah Snelling (wife Kelly). His legacy will live on through his children, Melissa “Missy” Faye Hart (husband Scott), and his son Herbert Ray “BJ” Snelling III (wife Sara). He will be forever remembered by his grandchildren, Sverre, Skyler, Brea, Ashlyn, Hunter, Jolene “JoJo”, Colin and Cayce. He is also survived by his niece Leah, and nephew Logan. He loved to create with his hands beginning with building custom gates at Burningwood Farms, to hanging windows at Greenwich Supply, and then became a Class A contractor establishing his own company, “Standing Firm Builders, Inc”. He was known for his custom cabinetry and master carpentry skills which propelled him into building houses in the Virginia Beach area. After closing his company, Bert continued to follow his passion for building where he found his home at Eagle Construction as the warranty manager with great success, he was then promoted to project manager. He was a genuinely humble and self-sacrificing man with an infectious laugh, and we will never forget that he not only found humour in every opportunity, he also helped others to find joy in all things. His unforgettable phrases, quotes and song lyrics were always a perfect fit for any and all situations. He served the Lord and others his whole life and most recently as a member of Crosswalk Church in Virginia Beach. His strongest passion was his love for his family and memories they created together to last a lifetime. He leaves behind his legacy of distinct characteristics and values that will live on for generations to come. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 7, 2019 from 6-8:00 p.m. at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at London Bridge Baptist Church with burial to follow in Rosewood Memorial Park. You may offer condolences at

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  • Sonja Snelling Wife of 38 Years
  • Veronica “Roni” Sharrett Mother
  • Herbert Ray Snelling, Sr. and wife, Gail Father
  • Micah Snelling and wife, Kelly Brother
  • Melissa “Missy” Faye Hart and husband, Scott Daughter
  • Herbert Ray “BJ” Snelling, III and wife, Sara Son
  • Sverre, Skyler, Brea, Ashlyn, Hunter, Jolene “JoJo”, Colin and Cayce Grandchildren
  • Leah - Niece
  • Logan - Nephew

  • BJ Snelling
  • Herb Snelling
  • Micah Snelling
  • Scott Hart
  • Rick Johnson
  • Richie Halvorsen
  • Joey Wood
  • Mike Hughes

Past Services

Friday, June 07, 2019


Saturday, June 08, 2019

Celebration of Life