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Earl Raymond Snipes Ray City, GA 1940 – 2024


Retired, U. S. Air Force Major Earl Raymond Snipes, age 83, of Ray City, GA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Monday, January 8, 2024, in Richmond, VA.  Earl was born on March 10, 1940, in Nashville, GA, to parents, Troy and Lowell Snipes.

Earl graduated from Berrien County High School, in Nashville, GA, following which he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force. He went on to Basic Training in Texas. Earl married Nell Sangster, of Ray City, GA, in 1960, and they returned to Oklahoma, where Earl was stationed with the U. S. Air Force at the time. Earl was accepted into the U. S. Air Force Officer’s Training School, and received his Master’s at the Air Command and Staff. Earl and Nell traveled to many destinations during his service with the U. S. Air Force, including Oklahoma, Panama City, FL, Iceland, Hawaii, South Carolina, Illinois, and Virginia. Earl graduated from The University of South Carolina, and went on to attend many classes at Clemson University, in Clemson, SC.  At the time of his retirement from the U. S. Air Force, after 25 years serving in the U. S. Air Force, Earl was assigned a position at the Department of Defense United States Pentagon, in Arlington County, Virginia.

After retiring from the U. S. Air Force, Earl worked on projects for the South Carolina Research Authority, in Charleston, South Carolina, and on several projects in the Atlanta, GA, area. He also worked on a project to upgrade the NASCAR Hall Of Fame, in Charlotte, NC.

Earl ran many marathons over the years, and was always an avid “pool player.” He made many friends at “CUZ’S” in Valdosta, GA, going on to play in many pool tournaments, including several trips to Las Vegas, NV, and taking on anyone who was foolish enough to challenge him at pool playing in the local area.

Earl was predeceased by his wife Nell Snipes, who passed away in 2019, his son, Ronald, who died in a tragic car accident in 2009, in Rochester, MI, and brothers-in-law, Eugene Johnson, of Valdosta, GA, and Orbin Freeman, of Ray City, GA. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Denny and Kevin Wagner, of Richmond, VA., and his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Meier Snipes, of Rochester, MI. Grandchildren, Sara Wagner, of Virginia Beach, VA, Jamie Wagner, of Richmond, VA, William, Sophia, and Elliott Snipes of Rochester, MI.  He is also survived by sisters, Evelyn Johnson, of Valdosta, GA, Anna (Edsol) Morgan, of Senoia, GA, Judy (Everette) Long, of Monroe, GA, and sister-in-law, Betty Freeman, of Ray City, GA. Earl is also survived by his faithful and loving friend, Janet Brett, of Lakeland, GA.

Earl and Nell Snipes retired in Ray City, GA, on the farm which had been in their family for about 100 years. He had recently remodeled the old farm house, only to lose it to a tragic fire in December of 2022. Earl fought a short battle with cancer for the past year, and recently went to live with his family in Richmond, VA, to be near them, but God called him home to be with Him in January.

A Celebration Of Life Service for Earl Raymond Snipes will be held at a later date at the family farm in Ray City, GA. If you would like to be contacted for the date and time this service will occur, please email, and you will be added to the contact list for Earl’s Celebration Of Life Service.

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