Basil "Bas" Snider, 85, of Midlothian, Va., who was born and raised in Parkersburg, W.Va., passed away quietly at home to be with the Lord on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, following a brief period of illness.
He was born in Parkersburg on March 12, 1927, graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1945 where he was a member of the Big Red Band. He was also an active member of the Seventh Street United Methodist Church of Parkersburg. Basil was married to Betty Palmer, also from Parkersburg, on Aug. 17, 1947. Basil was a veteran, who served in the Navy during WWII from 1945 to 1946. Mr. Snider held a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, graduating from West Virginia University in 1950. After graduating, Mr. Snider joined the American Cyanamid Co. His career included various management and executive positions with Davis and Geck Suture Division, Sodyeco Division of Martin Marietta Corp., Garden State Paper Co. and Media General Inc. as executive vice president.
Basil Snider is survived by loving wife of 65 years, Betty Palmer Snider, of Midlothian; sons, Brian Jay Snider (Kate), of Richmond, Va., David Alan Snider (Linda), of Mineral Wells; daughter Cynthia Marie Gerber (Kirk), of Mesa, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Nathan, Matthew, Adam, Katie, Brian, Madison and Blake; four step-grandchildren Eddie, Chris, Lloyd, and Jackson; and four great-grandchildren, Corbin, Gabriel, Ellie, and Brendon.
Mr. Snider enjoyed snow skiing with family and friends, playing golf and singing in the church choir at Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian where he was an active member. He was passionate about serving God through fundraising and going on several mission team trips to Haiti with his church.
Basil was preceded in death by his mother and father, Basil and Ruth Snider. Basil was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend, and a dedicated servant of the Lord, who was clearly the center of every aspect of his life. He was a character with a great sense of humor and also was a man of character. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. A memorial service will be held at the Seventh Street United Methodist Church at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27. The Rev. Katherine Ambler will be officiating. A reception will follow the memorial service at the church. Great appreciation is expressed to Woody Funeral Home of Midlothian and to all who have helped and offered comfort during this time.
Donations can be made to the Haiti Fund Inc., 400 New St., New Bern, N.C. 28560 (252) 635-5323 or Seventh Street United Methodist Church, 1801 Seventh St., Parkersburg, WV 26101. (304) 422-1842.