ELOISE ABBITT SNEAD
Eloise Abbitt Snead, 89, died Monday, November 12, 2007 at the Medical Care Center in Lynchburg.
Born on October 8, 1918 to Otway and George Abbitt (Tot and Big Daddy).
Eloise was the fifth of six children who grew up in Vera, Va.
After graduation from Appomattox High School, she attended Phillips Business College. She was hired at Lynchburg Foundry and became a billing clerk and an order clerk. She was ultimately made the first female paymaster at the Foundry. During these early adult years, Eloise married William Benjamin Snead to whom she was married over fifty years.
Following the birth of her sons, Eloise resumed her career. She soon found her calling at First Presbyterian Church in 1971 where she served for 19 years first as secretary and shortly there after as business manager. At one time she was in charge of all dinners at the church, some of which had four hundred attendees. After her first retirement, Eloise was called back because the church could not fine another "Eloise".
Even after the second retirement, she continued to serve coffee and juice at the church following Sunday services. She took flowers from the church rose garden when visiting sick and shut-in members. She served on many committees at the church and the presbytery. She was also involved with the Rustburg Prison
Eloise was preceded in death by her husband, Ben and her brothers, George Abbitt, Watkins Abbitt and Herbert Abbitt. She is survived by one sister, Dora Connor of Appomattox and her brother, Charlie Abbitt of Richardson, Tx. Three sons, Ben Snead, Jr. and his wife, Debbie of Roanoke, George Snead and his wife, Michelle of Raleigh, NC and John Snead of Lynchburg. Grandchildren, Emily Snead of Santa Fe, NM, Katie Snead of Roanoke, Tim Snead of Charlotte, NC and David Snead and wife, Stephanie of Gainesville, Fl.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, November 16, 2007 at First Presbyterian Church, 1215 V E S Rd. The family will receive friends in the narthex of the church following the service. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, The Alzheimers Association or to a Charity of your choice.