Fuquay-Varina—Russell Gaither Snipes, Jr., age 56, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer on August 2, 2017. Russ was born January 28, 1961, in Fuquay-Varina to the late R. Gaither Snipes and Frances Clark Snipes.
Russ will be remembered most by his family for his culinary skills in the kitchen — perfecting and preparing his beloved grandmother’s favorite recipes — much to their delight. He was a gifted harpist, cherishing his golden Lyon-Healy harp and reflecting fondly on being F-V High School’s band major. Upon graduation from Davidson College, Russ entered the army as an officer and concluded his service as an aide-de-camp to a Two-star general. San Francisco was his home for many years where he partnered in founding a successful venture capital company. Returning to F-V, Russ channeled his energy into spearheading the town’s Anniversary Gala, advocating for animals and supporting the local SPCA, and becoming a skilled silversmith and calligrapher.
Russ is survived by his mother, Frances Clark Snipes; his sister, Jayne Elizabeth Wall and brother-in-law, Charles Wilson Wall; nieces and nephews, Keith Wall and Kelsey, Ryan Wall and Sara Grace; aunt, Rosalyn Snipes; and cousins, Betsy Snipes Griswold, Diane Snipes, Carville Banks Clark, and Gloria Clark Martin.
Memorials may be made to the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603.
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Dear Mrs. Snipes and Ms. Wall,
My husband, John, and I got to know Russell through all of us working together as volunteers at WUNC Radio. We truly came to love Russell, and so looked forward to seeing him. So bright, so funny, so caring. It was always a joy to be with him.
He spoke of both of you often and lovingly, and we cannot imagine how much you will miss him.
With prayers and sympathy, Barbara Chapman
Submitted by Barbara Chapman on Aug 17 2017 10:19:39 PM
Dear Frances and Jayne Beth. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting Russ at my grandmother Lillian's house on several occasions when I was young and we were visiting with my my Dad Stanley. I admired Russ' bravery in sharing his unique self and choosing the harp and in so many ways. I know that many mourn his loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Lisa (Jones) Bromfield on Aug 12 2017 08:16:23 AM
Dearest Jayne Beth and Mrs. Francis, my heart breaks for you! Russ will be missed! God bless you all!
Submitted by Patricia T Mangum on Aug 9 2017 10:35:31 PM
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Patricia Tutor Mangum lit a candle on Aug 9 2017 10:31:47 PM
Francis and Jayne Beth my heart weeps for you . Please know that your Mom and you are in our prayers! I always enjoyed watching you and Russ working together in the kitchen at Christmas. Russ treated everyone as his best friend! Remember you have friends praying the family through this sorrowful time. Remember... Russ is "safely home". Deb
Submitted by Deborah Wall Sharp on Aug 8 2017 01:37:10 PM
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Deborah Wall Sharp lit a candle on Aug 8 2017 01:24:25 PM
Ms. Snipes and Jayne Beth. I am so sorry for your loss. Russ was incredible at everything he did. I will pray for comfort for your family and know I am thinking of you all. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you in this difficult time or anytime.
Submitted by Paige Lacy on Aug 7 2017 11:11:31 AM
Frances and family, I am so saddened to see Russ passed away. Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers for the Father's comfort during this difficult loss.
Submitted by Bettie Jean Lanier Cooper on Aug 6 2017 01:46:21 PM
Russ was born with innate talent and great abilities in many areas. He was a perfectionist who gave his all to any task he chose. We all recall his zest for life and he lived it with bravado. Russ contributed to the artistic life of his home, church, town, and state. He adored playing his harp for a host of functions in many cities and states. At Davidson College Russ met many creative high-achieving professors and students. Davidson was a nurturing environment for Russ and he made life-long friendships. Russ was blessed with the most loving and kindest of parents and grandparents. His parents provided Russ with every nurturing opportunity in life. Furthermore Russ had a best friend and confidant in his adoring sister, Jayne. Russ loved to tell a good story with all the sound effects. We all remember his laugh while rushing around. Russ could fit more activities into a twenty-four hour period than anyone I have ever known. He had a loving heart and cared for any person or animal at risk. Russ was like his father -- quietly helping those less fortunate and never saying a word about it. Joy he gave to many and joy he has found.
Submitted by Dan Turner on Aug 6 2017 11:38:44 AM
I am so sad to hear he ia gone, but so is the pain. I have rhought of him often lately, I have a pt that attended Davidaon with him, memories of band camp,and that short time we dated. Prayers for you and your family thru this troubling time. Love Always Karen
Submitted by karen Sullivan on Aug 6 2017 11:26:19 AM
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