Randolph C. Snead, Sr.

Sunrise: December 8, 1939

Sunset: March 22, 2021

Deacon Randolph Colee Snead, Sr. 81, peacefully transitioned into eternal rest on Monday, March 22, 2021 at home in Chesapeake, Virginia.  Randolph, affectionately known as “Randy” by family and close friends, was the eldest of eight children born to the late Lyman G. and Mable B. Snead.  He was born on December 8, 1939 in Chesapeake/Norfolk County.

Randy was predeceased by his parents and five of his siblings, Lyman G. “June” Snead Jr.; Harry L. Snead; Joyce M. Hill; Ernest “Ernie” Snead; and Robert Nichols.  He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Rev. Wanza Mae Snead; his children, Tamra Webster (Sylvester), Randolph C. Snead Jr., Eldrena Williams, Rev. Oulaniece Saunders, and Reginald McDaniel; his siblings Janette “Jin” Snead, Donald Snead (Barbara) and Phyllis Foreman (Rev. Michael); grandchildren Monique Hardy, Kevin Upshur and Alvin Saunders Jr.; and great grandchildren Myanna Hardy and Karma Upshur.  He also leaves his cherished extended family, sisters-in-love, Pastor Sarah Grant, Essie Snead and Rozeena Nichols and brothers-in-love, Rev. David McDaniel (Peggy), Rev. James McDaniel (Patricia) and Robert McDaniel (Linda) along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted childhood friends, Lucille Harper and Cecilia Cuffee and many others.

Viewing Wednesday, March 31, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Thursday, April 1, 2021 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Snead Family Cemetery 2313 Benefit Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Valerie Stevenson says

    Sending my love and condolences to my Aunt Mae and my cousins. May God continue to give you strength at this time. Uncle Randy will be missed greatly.

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    Willis E. Gay says

    It is with great sorry for losing you as a friend and classmate but great happiness that you have earned your reward and gone to Glory to be with our Lord and Savior. I pray that your family and many friends will be comforted and blessed by the memories of your life and works. Blessings to the Snead Family.. Willis Gay, Class of 1958, Crestwood High School

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    Roy R. Brown, Sr. & Arlene Brown says

    Dear Snead Family,
    He led a good life and he fought a good fight. Now, he has been rewarded with his crown in heaven. Though we weep now, continue to remember his smile, some comment he made that made your day & trust that God has him in His hand. Randolph and I were friends for many years and saw each other through many joys, laughter & trials. He will be sorely missed however, he is at peace.
    Blessings to Mae & the Family.

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    Crestwood High School Alumni Association, Inc. says

    Randolph touched the lives of his fellow Crestwoodians by his joy and inspiration to preserve our legacy to render outstanding services to the community by establishing the Cornland School Foundation. The school highlights the early 1900’s education that was available to black children. His memory will stay with us forever.

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    Crestwood High School Alumni Association, Inc. says

    Randolph has left a legacy of preserving the Cornland School Foundation to highlight the early 1900’s education available to Black children in Chesapeake. He will always be admired for his initiative and fortitude for rendering an outstanding service to the community by his fellow Crestwoodians. His memory will always stay with us forever.

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    DaRelle Williams says

    Sending my sincere condolences to Ms. Wanza Snead and family. Mr. Snead and that larger than life spunk, personality, laugh and wit and will surely be missed. He used to say to me: Im sure glad you love us cause I couldn’t stand to have you on the other side. Im so glad I got to know and trust the in your face honesty and pureness of heart. I learned alot from both Mr. and Mrs. Snead. I will miss my friend.

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    Bowling friends says

    My condolences to the Snead family. I met Randy at the AMF bowling alley, senior league. He was a very good bowler and enjoyed bowling. I remember the day his team was bowling against our team and Randy bowled a 300 game, a perfect game of 12 strikes in a row. The whole league cheered for him. Our team loss that game but we were happy for him. His two famous sayings when someone made a strike was What a Ball or Never a Doubt. We will miss his voice and laughter.

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    Marvin Snead Jr. says

    Sending love to my family allnthe way from Charlotte. Praying for strength during this time. May God bless everyone. Rest in peace Randolph Sr.

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    Vicky Porter says

    Sending Prayers to my Snead Family . Asking God to give you Strength to walk down this Journey. Love you all .🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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    carol austin says

    My condolences to the Snead family. We go along ways back in the woods, but you all are let family to me. May God continue to bless you’ll in strength to continue the journey.

    Love you all,

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