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.