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William R. Snipes "Bill"

d. February 17, 2021


William R. Snipes “Bill”, of Thomaston, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at the age of 91. He was born February 1, 1930, in Macon, Georgia, and spent much of his youth in Charleston, South Carolina, and San Francisco, California and lived most of his adult life in Covington, Georgia. A graduate of Mount Berry High School, in Rome, Georgia, he was poet laureate of his graduating class. Mr. Snipes was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in post WWII Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was a weaver at Covington Mills before moving on to the General Motors plant in Doraville, Georgia, eventually becoming an inspector for GM for 30 years until his retirement. He was a man of many talents including woodworking, upholstery, piano tuning, mechanics, and music. He played several instruments including piano, accordion, and harmonica. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Herbert M. and Mattie Dee (Barlar) Snipes; his wife, Charlene Snipes; his brother, Milton Snipes; his sister, Kay Roseberry Casey; his grandson, Tony Jackson; and his great-grandchildren, Chloe Dennington and Caden Simonton.

Survivors include his daughters, Norma Smith of Oxford, DeeDee Reeder of Duluth; his son, Bob Snipes (Marian) of Social Circle; his brother, George Snipes of Centre, Alabama; his sister, Lenora Snipes of Georgia; his grandchildren, Michael Jackson of Porterdale, Joshua Jackson of Covington, Greg Dennington of Springfield, Ohio, Mandi Simonton of Oxford, George Snipes of Canton, Robert Snipes of Lilburn, Patrick Snipes of Covington, Brandon Turner of Charleston, South Carolina, Bryce Turner of Pensacola, Florida, Jake Reynolds of Duluth, and Phoebe Reeder of Duluth; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He will be remembered as a loving son, father, grandfather, and brother.

A Graveside Service for Mr. Snipes will be held Friday, February 19, 2021, 2:00 P.M., at Lawnwood Memorial Park, 1111 Access Road, in Covington, with Pastor Brandon Stanley officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, in Covington, Friday, February 19, from 1:00 - 2:00 P.M.

CDC guidelines recommend social distancing (6 feet apart) and wearing of masks while in public.  Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home requests that you observe these recommendations while in our funeral home attending visitations and/or services.  In addition, gatherings are limited to 50 persons or less in our facility at one time.  Please honor these restrictions for the safety of the family, yourself, and our staff.

This obituary was prepared with love and affection by Mr. Snipe’s family.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home and Dogwood Hill Crematory - Access Road Location

1215 Access Road, Covington, GA 30014

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Friday, February 19, 2021

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