Mrs. Tallie Louise Sneller

Mrs. Tallie Louise Sneller


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Tallie Louise Keahey Sneller, 96, of Burnsville, NC, who died on Thursday, February 3, 2022. Tallie was the widow of Rev. Donald Sneller, who died in 2019.

Tallie was born in Forney, TX on August 5, 1925. Her father was employed by Northern Natural Gas Pipeline. The family gradually moved their way north with the pipeline, living for a short time in many small towns along the way until they reached Minnesota. They settled in a community 10 miles outside Minneapolis and it was there she met Donald Sneller. 

Donald was a licensed electrical contractor. For a few years they opened and operated an electrical contracting business in Waterville and Fairbault, MN. Tallie was busy taking care of a growing family. She was a homemaker extraordinaire: baking, canning, cooking, cleaning, sewing and knitting. 

In 1958 Donald felt called to ministry and was soon appointed to two small churches in Minnesota. Tallie was not very excited about becoming a preacher’s wife, but supported his decision and made the commitment with him. She was loved by all the parishioners in every church they served because of her loving and supportive ways. They moved to the mountains of North Georgia and then to Atlanta. In 1969 Don joined the New York Conference, where he served East Avenue UMC in Norwalk, CT for three years and as associate program director for the New York Conference for two years. He then pastored Community UMC in Massapequa, NY until his retirement in 1986.

In 1986 they retired to the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. In 2015 they moved to Trinity View Retirement Community where they met and made new friends. Tallie moved into Yancy House of Burnsville following the death of Donald.

Tallie is survived by five children: Corinne Harris, Denise Cook, Douglas Sneller, Teresa Henshall and James Sneller. There is an innumerable amount of extended family including spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and significant others.

The family appreciates the love and prayers that have been extended to Tallie and the whole family. A service will be held at a later date. Because both Donald and Tallie led a life of service caring for others, memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.