James Wright Snowden

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James Wright Snowden, Jr., 92, passed away on May 12, 2017 at St. Catherine's Village in Madison, MS.

Mr. Snowden was born on May 27, 1924 in Marion, AL, to James Wright and Sudie Sanders Snowden. The family moved many times with his father's bridge construction business, leading to Mr. Snowden's experience of attending more than a dozen different schools in Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana before graduating from Byrd High School in Shreveport, LA, in 1942. He began college at the University of Alabama until he was drafted in 1943 and sent to the V-12 program at Georgia Tech. He served in the US Navy for 2 1/2 years. Upon discharge he returned to the University of Alabama where he graduated with a degree in chemical engineering in 1949. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

He settled in Hattiesburg and partnered with his father in the J.W. Snowden Construction Company and was also the president of F-S Prestress, Inc. He was a Registered Professional Engineer. He served as president of the Mississippi Road Builders Association for three terms along with a term as president of the Contractors' Division of the American Road Builders Association. He served on the board of directors of First Mississippi National Bank; Bank of Mississippi; Bancorpsouth Inc.; and Magna Corporation; and as president of Industrial Park, Inc. He also served on the City of Hattiesburg Board of Adjustments for several years. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, having served as both deacon and elder.

Mr. Snowden was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Hazel Moore Snowden; and his second wife, Helen Hudson Snowden. Mr. Snowden is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Sarah and Richard Prewitt and his daughter Cindy Snowden, all of Jackson.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 12:30 to 2 P.M. at First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg. Funeral service will follow at 2 P.M. at the church.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg.

The family deeply appreciates the loving care our father received from the staff of St. Catherine's Village, especially Siena I, where he lived for the last four years of his life.
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