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Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville

4889 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA

OBITUARY

Herbert Ray "Bert" Snelling, Jr.

May 18, 1962May 31, 2019
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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 www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com.

  • FAMILY

  • 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
  • PALLBEARERS

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

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 8, 2019

Memories

Herbert Ray "Bert" Snelling, Jr.

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Pat LeGeyt

June 9, 2019

Dear Roni,
I hope my ongoing prayers will be a source of comfort for you and your family during this very difficult time. May you feel the presence of God's loving care and strength each day.
Sincerely,
Pat LeGeyt

Monica Harps-Wilson

June 7, 2019

I send my heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Snelling. May you find peace and comfort at this time and be surrounded my God's love both now and in the days to come. May God bless you all.

Alyce Heidt

June 7, 2019

My heartfelt thoughts, prayers & Sympathies go out to the Family & Loved Ones Of this Dear Person! The Kindnesses & Love he left behind Will always be remembered by those who Loved him!! & Truly..I am So Sorry for your loss. May God bring you Comfort & Peace.

Susan Dougherty

June 6, 2019

Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.

Pat Hughes

June 5, 2019

All of us at the Development and Permits Office in Chesapeake offer our condolences to the Snelling family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this most difficult time. May God hold you in his grace and light.

JEAN B. ALLCOX

June 5, 2019

FAMILY SO SORRY OF YOUR LOSS. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO ALLLLL COUSIN OF GAILS......

Doug & Marty Ross

June 5, 2019

We will never forget Bert, Sonja and the kids in the early Open Door years.
The whole family holds a special place in our hearts and will be forever friends. We remain in prayer for comfort and peace as only He can give.
Doug and Marty Ross

george Graham

June 5, 2019

BJ and Family, There are no words, I offer my condolences. I worked with your Dad for a short time and he was a great guy. I'm so sorry for your loss. May God bless.

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Biography

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 PM 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 www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com