Herbert Ray ‘Bert’ Snelling Jr., 57, known for his custom cabinetry and master carpentry skills

Herbert Ray 'Bert' Snelling Jr.
Herbert Ray ‘Bert’ Snelling Jr.

Herbert Ray “Bert” Snelling Jr., 57, of Virginia Beach, was taken from us during the tragic events that occurred Friday, May 31, 2019.

He was born May 18, 1962, in Norfolk and resided in Virginia Beach for most of his life. All of his love will continue with his wife of 38 years, Sonja, “His Girl.” He is also survived by his mother, Veronica “Roni” Sharrett; and father, Herbert Ray Snelling Sr., and his wife, Gail. His legacy will live on through his children, Melissa Faye “Missy” Hart, and her husband, Scott; and son, Herbert Ray “B.J.” Snelling III, and his wife, Sara. He will be forever remembered by his grandchildren, Sverre, Skyler, Brea, Ashlyn, Hunter, Jolene “JoJo,” Colin and Cayce.

He loved to create with his hands beginning with building custom gates at Burningwood Farms, to hanging windows at Greenwich Supply, and then became a class A contractor, establishing his own company, “Standing Firm Builders Inc.” He was known for his custom cabinetry and master carpentry skills, which propelled him into building houses in the Virginia Beach area. After closing his company, Bert continued to follow his passion for building where he found his home at Eagle Construction as the warranty manager with great success. He was then promoted to project manager.

He was a genuinely humble and self-sacrificing man with an infectious laugh, and we will never forget that he not only found humor in every opportunity, he also helped others to find joy in all things. His unforgettable phrases, quotes and song lyrics were always a perfect fit for any and all situations. He served the Lord and others his whole life and most recently as a member of Crosswalk Church in Virginia Beach. His strongest passion was his love for his family and memories they created together to last a lifetime. He leaves behind his legacy of distinct characteristics and values that will live on for generations to come.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 7, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. A funeral service will be held at noon, Saturday, June 8, at London Bridge Baptist Church with burial to follow in Rosewood Memorial Park.

Share online condolences with the family at Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville.

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