Dr. Gary Wayne Snyder, 58 - Knoxville, TN

Dr. Gary Wayne Snyder, age 58, of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away on Friday, August 10, 2012 at Turkey Creek Medical Center in Knoxville following a sudden illness.

Born May 26, 1954 in Blue Creek, WV, Gary was the son of the late Glenn Austin Snyder and Lillian Frances Richardson Snyder.

Gary was a brilliant scientist employed at Wastren Advantage at the Knoxville, TN location, and a former professor at Glenville State College, WV. Gary was a 1972 graduate of St. Albans High School and held a bachelor's degree in biology from Glenville State College and a PhD in botany from Ohio's Miami University. He credited his love of biology and history to fondly remembered teachers Mr. Webster and Mrs. Wingfield from St. Albans High School.

Gary shared his love of nature and plants in many ways including through sharing beautiful photos he had taken during his travels. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could always coax a smile or laugh out of his family, friends, and co-workers. He will be sorely missed by all.

Survivors include daughter Amanda Mitchell and her husband Mike of Wildwood, NJ; daughter Emily Snyder of Grantsville, WV; twin brother Jerry Snyder and his wife Faye of Bancroft, WV; sister Deborah Emery and her husband Rich of Ranier, MN; sister Alicia Marion and her husband Tommy of Charleston, WV; sister Patricia Taylor of Charleston, WV; paternal aunt Betty Lou Humphreys and her husband Bob of Winfield, WV; granddaughter Kaylee Parsons; grandson Cayden Parsons; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was also excited for the anticipated Winter 2013 arrival of a third grandchild.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home in Poca, WV. Interment will follow at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans, WV. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 17, 2012 at the funeral home. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may honor Gary with flowers or donations to either the American Diabetes Association   www.diabetes.org   or the National Arbor Day Foundation   www.nationalarborday.org