Willie Ray “Buddy” Snyder

January 18, 2023

Willie Ray “Buddy” Snyder, 87, of Bartlett, TN (formerly of Almyra, AR) was called home to be with our Lord on Tuesday, December 20, 2022.

Buddy was born February 4, 1935, in Arkansas County, Arkansas, to Willie A. Snyder and Marie (Poor) Snyder. He spent most of his life in Almyra, AR where he lovingly raised a family and worked as a farmer and mechanic. He enjoyed drag racing, tinkering with motors, muscle cars, fishing and hunting. Buddy served in the US Army and spent a year in Germany before receiving an honorable discharge. He later served in the Arkansas National Guard (with his brother, Bobby Snyder; brother-in-law, Bobby Malone; and son, Joe Snyder) from which he also received an honorable discharge. After he retired from farming, he moved to Bartlett, TN to live with his son, Joe, and family. Buddy was well known and greatly loved in the neighborhood. He spent much of his time walking and visiting with neighbors.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Ruby Malone Snyder; a son, Willie R. Snyder, Jr.; two brothers: Kenneth Snyder and Bobby Snyder; and a sister, Emma Snyder Hendrix.

He is survived by his 3 children: a daughter, Janel Lane (David) of Almyra, AR and two sons, Joe Snyder (Melanie) of Bartlett, TN and Kelly Ray Snyder (Crystal) of Almyra, AR; 4 grandchildren: Chris Wallace and Alisa Sisco, both of Bartlett, TN and Amber and Leland Snyder of Almyra, AR; 3 great-grandchildren: Logan Wallace, Blayne Sisco and Cayde Sisco, all of Bartlett, TN.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. January 21 at Essex Funeral Home Chapel.