|A former Calhoun resident, Dr. William P. Snider of Parkersburg, has passed at the age of 70. Dr. Snider was a long-time clergyman, he was a son of Rex and Nelle Pearl Maze Snider of Freed.|
He died March 27, 2005 at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Snider was a true product of Appalachian culture, having been educated at Calhoun County High School and Glenville State College.
As a result of his contributions as a pastor, in May 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Divinity from Alderson-Broaddus College.
Accepting the Lord's call to full-time ministry, he entered Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and was awarded a M. Div. in Pastoral Care and Homiletics.
He served churches and interims for 51 years in West Virginia, Ohio, and New Jersey and had served as chairman of the West Virginia Baptist Convention's Long Range Planning Committee, the Board of Camps and Conferences, the Budget Committee, the Local Church Commission, and as a Trustee of Alderson-Broaddus College.
While working on the State Staff of the West Virginia Baptist Convention, he initiated a successful continuing education program for Baptist ministers in West Virginia that served as a national model for bi-vocational entrance training programs throughout the ABC/USA.
He was a member of the Executive Board and Executive Committee. In addition, he served on SCODS, President of the Wood County Ministerial Alliance, and Director and Founder of Mid-High Youth Camp at Cowan.
Dr. Snider was a Master Mason and member of St. Mary's Lodge 41.
He was a speaker and workshop leader in great demand, leading marital enrichment workshops, career assessment seminars, and seminars on aging, stress management, and grieving. He was a chaplain at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital and directed a seminar that helped patients cope with cancer.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Alice A. Fox Snider of Parkersburg, two daughters, Crystal A. Whaley and Renae A. Neal and husband Troy; three grandchildren, Lauren Whaley, Rebecca Whaley and Trenton Neal; one brother, D. Michael Snider and wife Gloria; five sisters-in- law, Jean Underwood and husband Lloyd, Leona Mills, Shirley Cooper and husband Dennis, Pat Baker and husband Edward, Karen Mathers and husband David; several nephews and nieces.
A celebration of his life and ministry will be at First Baptist Church, 813 Market Street, Parkersburg on Friday, April 1, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Rich McClure officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Family will receive friends Thursday, March 31 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg and one hour before the service at the First Baptist Church Chapel.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to: RMMO (Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering) c/o First Baptist Church, 813 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101.