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Obituary for Edward Brownlee Snider Edward Brownlee Snider
Glasgow Native Was Longtime Teacher, Sports Coach

Edward Brownlee Snider, affectionately known as Eddie to his friends and family, passed away February 28, 2021 at age 89.

Eddie was born in Glasgow, Virginia, to the late James Alfred Snider and Margaret Barger Snider and was born and raised on his beloved Roundview Farm in Glasgow.

Eddie was a 1951 graduate of Natural Bridge High School and a 1955 graduate of the College of William and Mary.

Additionally, Eddie earned his Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia.

Eddie taught in the Rockbridge and Fairfax County school systems for over 30 years before retiring back to Roundview Farm in 1989.

Eddie was a beautiful mentor, teacher and coach to thousands of men and women over his long teaching career. Many of his students and players returned to see him over the years to thank him for the support and guidance he provided and specifically to tell him how he positively influenced their lives.

Eddie was a vibrant and active man his entire life. Upon retiring from teaching, he returned home to pursue his many hobbies.

Eddie also had an immense love of sports. He grew up playing multiple sports in high school and college, which lead to his career in teaching and coaching. Eddie coached high school football for over 17 years in Northern Virginia.

Surviving him are his loving wife of 63 years, Rheta Burks Snider; his daughter, Margaret "Meg" Snider Benefield; son-in-law, Allen Joel Benefield of Haymarket; and sons, Edward B. "Jeb" Snider Jr. of Centreville, and David Allan Snider of Centreville. Eddie was also the loving grandfather of Edward B. Snider III of Warrenton, Mallory Snider of Arlington, and Lauren Francis Snider of Fairfax.

He was predeceased by his brother, James "Jim" Alfred Snider Jr.; and sister-in-law, Jane Powers Snider of Waynesboro. Eddie is also survived by his nephew, Christopher "Chris" Edward Snider and wife, Christina Snider of Destin, Fla.

Additional surviving members of Eddie's family are his brothers-in law and sisters-in-law, Frederick "Fred" Fischer Burks and Barbara "Barb" Clymer Burks of Fairfield, and John "Jake" Hunter Burks Jr. and Beverly "Bev" Smith Burks of Lexington, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Eddie was very lucky to have passed away in the same home as he was born, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

A private service will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu flowers, donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at, or through the mail at 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.