In Memory,  Life As Is

In Memory of R. Snelling

James Richard Snelling

May 14, 1943 ~ Jan. 10, 2014


James Richard Snelling, 70 of Scottsburg, Indiana, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2014 at Scott Memorial Hospital.
He was born on May 13, 1943 in Jeffersonville, Indiana, the son of the late Stanley and Lillian Josephine (Bundren) Snelling. James was a retired truck driver for the old Colgate-Palmolive Plant in Jeffersonville, Indiana, a member of the Scottsburg Church of God and was a Private 1st Class in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Patsy Snelling. Survivors include his wife, Dora L. (Reynolds) Snelling; five daughters, Sherry L. Kirk and her husband William of Austin, Indiana, Jamie Russell and her husband Bobby of Lexington, Indiana, Libby Donahaa of Scottsburg, Indiana, Billie Jo Matlock of Jeffersonville, Indiana and Evelyn Wiggins of Austin, Indiana; seven sons, James Snelling of Scottsburg, Indiana, Richard Snelling and his wife Michelle of Lanesville, Indiana, Mark Snelling and his wife Shannon of New Albany, Indiana, Travis Albertson of Scottsburg, Indiana, Jimmy Snelling and his wife Loretta of Scottsburg, Indiana, Bobby Glenn Reynolds of Lexington, Indiana and James Matlock of Jeffersonville, Indiana; four sisters, Glenda Albertson and Geneva Snelling of Scottsburg, Indiana, Rachel Dunn of Sellersburg, Indiana and Gertrude Lewis of Jeffersonville, Indiana; a brother, Wilbur Lee Snelling of Jeffersonville, Indiana; 24 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery. Online condolences at Collins Funeral Home


Late one night I shouted to the sky,
I cried out and asked, “why, God why?”
“Why did you take this soul from me?
Casting my heart into misery
How can I forgive when there’s so much pain?
Only leaving me memories… I could go insane…
You took him away without thought or care,
I miss him so much – it just isn’t fair!
He was my father, my friend, my joy, my pride…
I know in heaven he’s looked down and cried-
For I’ve heard his sob within my tears,
And it was You who made real my fears…”


“Listen child” I hear God say-
“believe in me – this is the way.
Your father is here by my heavenly throne,
Yet I dare not try to call him my own…
Eternally yours too, he will always be-
The brightest star in my galaxy.
He comforts you when he sees your cry
Tries to tell you hus soul didn’t die.
He is happy now and you are his pride
Forgive me child, I know you’ve cried…
But here’s a promise I hold to be true,
Every night he smiles down on you”

“Believe in me” I heard God say –
And I will see him again someday…

My husband’s father was a great man. He was introduced to me as Richard and I thought it was neat because I also have several family members (including my own father) named Richard.
I see every day in my husband that his mom and dad raised him right.  Richard loved his family and worked hard. I appreciate daily all the values and morals that he instilled into the man I married. He welcomed me as a daughter and I was honored to call him Dad.

We love and miss you every day!

One Comment

  • Sherry L Kirk

    I miss daddy everyday, I really could use his advice right now. I’m so lost without him and sissy. Daddy please watch over us and help all of us get through this life without you 🙁

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