Joseph William (Bill) Snodgrass, age 70, of White House/Nashville TN, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at his home. Bill grew up in Blountville, TN, graduating from ETSU with a degree in Industrial Technology. Following graduation, he worked in the restaurant field overseeing the construction of Hardee’s and Po-Folk’s Restaurants and as Director of Development for Cracker Barrel Restaurants. Additionally, he worked as Director of Construction with Habitat for Humanity in Spartanburg, SC, built his own home repair business, and retired from the Department of the Military as a construction specialist for the TN National Guard.
In his early years, you could find him behind a motorcycle or a GTO. Bill was known for living life and loving his wife, Carla. When they met, she had a kid named Tracey and a cat named Prissy. He loved his stepdaughter like she was his child and tolerated the cat because he loved his wife. You could find Bill and Carla dancing, playing soft-ball and visiting the local watering hole for some Pac-man. We are fairly certain Bill won that game every time he played.
Bill’s greatest joy in life was watching his son grow up. He coached Will’s baseball teams, taught him to fix everything, and instilled in him a love of loud trucks and speed. They were two peas in a pod. Bill left the corporate world behind to spend more time with Will.
He was active in his church and the Emmaus Community. His faith was a cornerstone of how he lived his life. Bill was the first one to help, loan out his truck and fix anything. Bill never met a stranger; everyone was his friend. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s ten years ago, but never talked about it; instead, he lived life to the fullest. Bill loved playing poker and never met a hand he wouldn’t go all-in with. He enjoyed spending time with his grandsons, Mason and Turner, who loved their Papaw.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Hazel Snodgrass, his brother-in-law Cuthbert (Saint) Mandell and sister-in-law, Pamela Self. Bill leaves behind his wife Carla, daughter Tracey Hawk, son Carl (Will) Snodgrass, daughter-in-law Courtney Snodgrass and two grandsons, Mason Hawk and Turner Snodgrass. Survivors also include his sister Jane Mandell, brother Ernest Webster Snodgrass, sister in law Pat Snodgrass; nieces Emma Gray and Izzy Mandell; nephews Thom Mandell and Joe Snodgrass. Most special to him were a close group of friends at Hamilton United Methodist Church including Dottie’s Hotties and pals Rob Watson and Bill Abernathy.
Graveside services will be held March 13 at 2:00 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Blountville, TN with Akard Funeral Home in charge.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held March 20 at 2:00 pm at Hamilton United Methodist Church in Antioch, TN.
Both services will observe COVID-19 protection, including wearing masks and social distancing.
In lieu of flowers have a shot of Jack Daniels in honor of Bill Snodgrass, who lived life to the fullest.
We were lucky to have him as a dad.