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Subject: Jasper "Jack" Sterling SNOWDY
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 16:49:06 EDT
Jasper "Jack" Sterling SNOWDY
Jack Sterling SNOWDY, a retired high school teacher and long-time arts
advocate, at East Jefferson Select Speciality Hospital, on Monday, June 20, 2005
at 4:20 P.M. at age 78.
Beloved husband of the late Josie Cambre SNOWDY. Father of Judge J.
Sterling SNOWDY of LaPlace and David N. SNOWDY of New Orleans. Father-in-law of
Hope Hymel SNOWDY. Grandfather of Lauren and Jordan SNOWDY. Brother of Sher S.
CREEL of Baton Rouge LA, Sylvia S. D'ANGELO of Chandler AZ, and Cecil LORINO
of Chandler AZ.
Born in Rayville, LA and raised in Olla, LA. A resident of Reserve, LA
since 1953. A WWII Coast Guard Veteran. A former teaching brother of Holy
Cross. A founding member of and long-time Managing Director of St. John Theatre.
Mr. SNOWDY taught high school English, drama, and speech at Leon Godchaux
High School, De La Salle High School, and St. Charles Catholic High School.
Friends, former students, and relatives are invited to attend a Funeral
Mass at St. Peter Catholic Church in Reserve, Louisiana, Thursday, June 23,
2005 at 12:00 Noon. Visitation in the church prior to the Mass 9:00 A.M. until
noon. Interment in the St. Peter Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions
to the Msgr Eyraud Sainthood Fund, c/o St. Peter Church, P.O. Box 435,
Reserve, LA 70084 Arrangements by MILLET-GUIDRY FUNERAL HOME, Laplace, LA.
Published in The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana dated from
6/22/2005 - 6/23/2005.
Jack Sterling SNOWDY
Jack Sterling SNOWDY, a retired teacher and longtime arts advocate known
to many as the "Father of Fine Arts" in St. John the Baptist Parish, died
Monday of congestive heart failure at East Jefferson Select Specialty Hospital in
He was 78. Mr. SNOWDY was born in Rayville and raised in Olla. He had
been a resident of Reserve since 1953.
From teaching English, drama and speech to writing music, plays and
directing dozens of musicals, Mr. SNOWDY spent much of his life sharing his passion
for the cultural arts with the community, his family said.
As St. John Theatre's managing director for 19 years, Mr. SNOWDY
volunteered countless hours to bring first-class productions such as "Oliver!" and
"Fiddler on the Roof" to the River Parishes.
"If it wasn't for Jack, St. John Parish probably would not have live
theater as we know it today," said Lucien CAMBRE, a longtime friend and a St. John
Theatre board member. "He worked diligently to promote Community Theater."
In 2000, St. John Theatre honored Mr. SNOWDY with a musical tribute and
the River Region Arts and Humanities Council presented Mr. SNOWDY with its
Angelus Award for his contributions to the arts.
After serving in the Coast Guard in World War II, Mr. SNOWDY began
producing plays as a student at Loyola University. He received a bachelor's degree
in 1952 from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, and a master's in 1958
from Louisiana State University.
He was a teacher at Leon Godchaux High School, LaPlace Elementary and De
La Salle and St. Charles Catholic high schools. He retired in 1991.
In 1974, Mr. SNOWDY was among a group of residents who proposed a
cultural center to the St. John Police Jury. A referendum was put on the ballot in
1978 and again in 1980; the proposal was defeated both times.
Disappointed but not discouraged, the St. John Cultural Center Committee
approached the Parish Council for help in obtaining the old Maurin's Theatre,
a former cinema built in 1931, which was for sale. The council voted
unanimously to support the project.
The committee renovated the building and reopened the historic landmark
in 1981. Mr. SNOWDY directed the theater's first musical, "South Pacific."
Survivors include two sons, state District Judge J. Sterling SNOWDY of
LaPlace and David SNOWDY of New Orleans; a brother, (sic) Sher S. CREEL of Baton
Rouge; two sisters, Sylvia D'ANGELO and Cecile LORINO of Chandler, Ariz.; and
A funeral will be held Thursday at noon at St. Peter Catholic Church,
1550 River Road, Reserve. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in the
church cemetery. Millet-Guidry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Marv's Comments: The above obituary was taken from The Times-Picayune of
dated Wednesday, June 22, 2005. Jack Sterling SNOWDY descended as follows:
John SNODDY and Ann Agnes ?FALLS?
Andrew SNODDY and unknown wife
Washington SNODDY and Elizabeth SAYS
(the above is old Marv's theory and not substantiated)
Andrew SNODDY and Rosaline AYMOND
John SNODDY and Mary Elizabeth STERLING
John Jasper SNODDY and Harriet P. McGEHEE
Jasper Sterling SNODDY and Bijou Edwina RECOULLEY
Jasper "Jack" Sterling SNOWDY
Marvin Delano Snoddy