Mr. Melvin J. Snook of Searcy, Arkansas, departed this life on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at the age of 90. He was born Aug. 10, 1929, in Newport, the son of Owen C. and Lorene (Powers) Snook.
On Aug. 21, 1947, Mr. Melvin Snook married Miss Norma Fisher, and together they spent seventy-two years.
Mr. Snook was a graduate of Bradford High School, and a United States Air Force veteran, retiring as Staff Sergeant in 1968. He was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association and a member of the Westside Church of Christ. Mr. Snook was a Church of Christ minister, spending thirty-six years ministering at churches in Arkansas, Idaho, Utah, California, and Louisiana.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and playing golf. Mr. Snook was a selfless man, who gave much of his time to helping others. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. His greatest joy came from time spent with his family.
Mr. Snook was preceded in death by one grandson, Nicholas Andrew Swann; three brothers, Eugene, Darnell, and Johnny Snook; one sister, Alma Snook; and his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Snook, of the home; two daughters, Dee Ellen Swann and husband, Stephen, of Searcy, and Debra J. Urbaniak and husband, Henry, of Naples, Florida; one brother, Charles Snook and wife, Sally, of New Port Ritchie, Florida; two sisters, Margaret Roberts of Newport, and Peggy Throckmorton of Mountain View; two grandchildren, Justin R. Muller and wife, Lauren, of Hot Springs, and Matthew C. Swann of Searcy; two great-grandchildren, Hutch and Harris Muller of Hot Springs; several nieces and nephews; and a lifetime of friends.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Elite Hospice for their care of Mr. Snook.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Steve Reeves and Mr. Michael Brooks officiating. Interment and Military Honors will be held at Coffeyville Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Roger Fisher, David Mayhue, Dennis Brooks, Russell Croom, Doug Snook, and Lynn Smith. Jimmy Allen will serve as an honorary pallbearer. Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.