Lloyd Butner Snider, age 86, entered his Heavenly Home on July 21, 2020. He breathed his last earthly breath while surrounded by loving family. He will always be remembered for his strong faith in Jesus and a quick sense of humor; neither of which wavered, even as he struggled with the effects of a major stroke experienced in February of 2017. It was his faith in an all-sufficient God that supported and encouraged him throughout his stroke recovery, and in years prior when he experienced much family loss. It was that firm and unshakeable faith that so many who knew him remember most about him.
Lloyd B. Snider was born on June 11, 1934 in Forsyth County to the late Ross Rhodis Snider and Melia Butner Snider. His parents immersed him in the Christian community that would be his lifelong support from birth. Lloyd was blessed with 3 loving siblings: Doris Snider (Smith), Charles Snider and Larue Snider (Whitaker). He had a plethora of beloved cousins on both the Snider and Butner sides of the family whom he greatly enjoyed visiting with at reunions.
Lloyd was blessed to grow up on the family farm in Randolph County. Early in his life he met two boys who would remain his best friends until his journey Home to Heaven: Joe Ferguson and Franklin Allred. They played many games of baseball together in their youth, swam in the pond, and Franklin and Lloyd drove school buses together. Franklin would eventually go to Army boot-camp alongside Lloyd.
Lloyd was a Korean War Veteran who was proud of his service in the U.S. Army. He was honored to serve with the Randolph County and Pleasant Garden Baptist Church Honor Guards. He was proud to be an American and would get emotional when singing our nation’s anthem or seeing our flag raised during ceremony.
After Lloyd’s service in Korea he proudly graduated from Campbell College and North Carolina State University. His college degree enabled him to embark on a 20 year career with the N.C. Forestry Service where he enjoyed being a Watershed Forester. He embarked on this journey with his beloved sweetheart by his side: Lillian Lenora Tester, whom he met in church, led to Christ and lovingly married.
He and Lillian took up residence in King, NC where they lovingly raised their two children, Marcus Dale Snider and Angela Denise Snider (Stanley) in the church. Lloyd’s wife tragically died of cancer at age 39 and Lloyd moved with the children to Greensboro where he became Procurement Director for George C. Brown Cedar Company.
While in Greensboro his son died tragically in a car accident at age 18. Even though Lloyd would never be quite the same after his son’s death, it was his unshakeable faith in Christ after his son’s death which affected so many lives. In fact, it was his unwavering and sustaining faith during this tragedy that compelled one man to a saving faith in Christ!
Lloyd remarried to Christine Carter in 1985. She became his life partner in many happy adventures. They created and operated Atlantic Cedar Ltd. together and enjoyed many years of success. They were both members of Pleasant Garden Baptist Church and journeyed on many mission trips with their church friends. They traveled together and enjoyed life until Lloyd’s health started failing. Chris faithfully tried to take care of Lloyd’s health when he was diagnosed with diabetes, even though he would sneak behind her back and eat candy bars and banana pudding!
Lloyd’s diabetes eventually led to a major stroke in 2017. His daughter, Angela and wife Chris combined forces to ensure Lloyd received the best care possible. Angela enjoyed 3 matchless and enjoyable years of one-on-one Father/Daughter time with her father. Her husband, John T. Stanley proved to be the best son-in-law Lloyd could have hoped for as John devoted his time to helping Lloyd with physical therapy and ensuring sitters were present whenever needed. John also provided Lloyd with delicious chocolate éclairs during the last year of Lloyd’s life!
Although the last 3 years of Lloyd’s life were challenging, Lloyd’s family and friends worked together to ensure they would remain enjoyable.
Lloyd is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Christine; his loving and devoted daughter Angela and her husband John; his grandson, Frank Lloyd Galbo (U.S. Navy) and great-grandson, Colin Daniel Galbo. He is also survived by his sister, Larue Snider Whitaker and many nieces and nephews of the Snider clan, as well as family from his first wife’s family: Sister and Brother-in-Law Shirley and Murphy Gurganus and daughter, Carla (husband, Cleveland); Dean Tester, wife Linda, and family; Brandi and Rob Beck and family. In addition, he is survived by Christine’s daughter, Vicki Austin, husband, Bill, and their three children, Josh, Joel and Julie and their beautiful children.
There will be a graveside service to celebrate Lloyd’s life in Christ. It will be held at King Memorial Park in King, NC on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:00am. George Brothers Funeral Home will be handling all arrangements (www.georgebrothersfuneral.com).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, 1415 Neelley Road, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313
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