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Bernice Snelling, 97, of Vero  Beach,  FL  passed away on Saturday October 8,  2016 at Indian River Medical Center.

 She was born on October 29, 1918 in  Americus, GA and has been a resident of Saint Lucie County since 1943 and of  Indian River County for 41/2 years.

 Mother Snelling was a former member and served as mother of Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church for fifty two years.  She  and  her husband the late Rev.  Jessie Snelling were the Co-Founders of Piney Grove Primitive Baptist Church were  she served as First Lady for eighteen years, and co-founders  of  Saint  John Primitive Baptist  Church of Mims, FL and Mount Bethel Primitive Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, FL where she served as First Lady for eight years.  Lastly mother Snelling joined  Greater Mount Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church, Ft. Pierce, FL.

 Mother Snelling survivors include her daughter, Harriett (Elvin) Jenkins of Vero Beach, FL; four grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

 She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Jessie Snelling; daughter,  Georgia Lee Weeden; parents, Georgia Small and Dennis Patterson; and brother, Dennis “Bud”  Patterson.

 Visitation will be held 5 to 7PM Friday October 14, 2016 and a funeral service will be  held 2PM Saturday October 15, 2016 at Greater Mount Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church, 2100 Avenue K,  Fort Pierce.   Burial will follow at Riverview Memorial Park.


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  • Friday, October 14, 2016
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Stone Brothers Funeral Home
  • Friday, October 14, 2016
    MY prayers are with Mother Snellings family during this difficult time.
    ~ Bessie Weaver   Vero Beach, FL
  • Friday, October 14, 2016
    To the family of the Late Mother Bernice Snelling I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one at this time , Harriet relied on the Lord for strength --for he will be there for you and your children. The feeling never go away it will be there but just remember the good times that you had with your mother, she will be missed from your heart and your soul, but she will forever be in your thoughts, pray and hold on to God's unchanging hand. Class Mate: Catherine "Ealy" Simon Class of '75'
    ~ Catherine Ealy-Simon   Fort Piierce, FL
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016
    our deepest sympathy to the family of MRS SNELLING we will miss you
    ~ altamese demery   fort pierce, FL
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    Condolences to the during this difficult time. May you be comforted and strengthened now in the days ahead. Psalm 46:1
    ~ Deborah   Ft. Pierce