Martha Harper Snipes



LANCASTER, SC ~ Mrs. Martha Jean Harper Snipes, age 86, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at her home. She was born March 15, 1931 in Lancaster, the daughter of the late Melvin Harper and Mabel Kirk Harper and was the wife of the late Ray Hough Snipes. Mrs. Snipes retired from Elgin Child Care and was a foster parent for over 25 years. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Snipes is survived by two daughters, Debbie Criminger and Charlene Snipes both of Lancaster; two sons, Sandy Deese of Laurens, SC and Danny Snipes of Lancaster; two brothers, Sammy Harper and his wife Martha and Bruce Harper of Lancaster; two grandchildren, April Helms and Michael Deese and his partner, Teisha; and two great grandchildren, Madison and Emma Chandler.

Mrs. Snipes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a son, Dennis Ray Snipes.

The Celebration of Life Funeral Service for Mrs. Snipes will be 2:00 PM Saturday, December 30, 2017 at St. Luke United Methodist Church by Rev. Bill McCown. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour before the service, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, at the church and suggest memorial contributions be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 128 Providence Road, Lancaster, SC 29720.