| One of the areas all-time sports figures has died. Robert W.(Bob) Snider, 69, of Elizabeth, died Monday in
He was a 1951 graduate of Wirt County High School,
where he was a three-sport standout. He entered West Virginia University, where
he was a four-year football letterman, and led WVU in punting, punt returns and
interceptions. For more than 25 years, he held the WVU interception record, and
was selected to the West Virginia University All-Time Team as a defensive back.
In 1998, he was inducted in the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame. He was a
U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict.
He was a former
surveyor for Monongahela Power Company and retired in 1990 from E.I.
DuPont with more than 26 years of service. He was a beloved and active
member of the Wirt County community. He was a longtime member of the
Elizabeth Baptist Church, and was a deputy assessor in the Bill Thorn
administration. He was a volunteer firefighter for Elizabeth-Wirt Volunteer Fire
Department, and volunteer for Wirt County Emergency Services as an ambulance
driver. He was an avid supporter of the Wirt Youth League Football program,
having coached since 1972, and regularly supported the bingo fund raising efforts.
He was a strong supporter of the Wirt County High School Tiger football team,
having recently worked with the kicking team. He served on the Elizabeth City
Council, and was an avid fisherman and lover of animals. He loved football and
was a proud supporter of Wirt County High School, West Virginia University
Mountaineers, and the Oakland Raiders.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Elizabeth Baptist Church,
Elizabeth, with the Rev. Mark McCloy officiating. Burial will follow in the Knights
of Pythias Cemetery, Elizabeth, where military honors will be rendered by
representatives of the U.S. Army. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, and from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at the Busch Funeral Home,
Elizabeth. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to services Thursday at the
In lieu of other memorials, donations may be made to Wirt Youth League
Football, c/o Busch Funeral Home, P.O. Box 43, Elizabeth, W.Va., 26143.