Sidney Snell Death – Dead | Obituary – Passed Away
Sidney Snell Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Sidney Snell.
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Blacksburg High School’s best-ever athlete, Sidney Snell. He was not only an unbelievable athletic talent, he was a genuinely nice guy. I wasn’t close to Sidney during high school, as he was two years older than me, but I did remember a few things while thinking about him this weekend and will share a couple of stories that speak to his kindness.
I was asked by Coach Crist to move up to play varsity football my sophomore year in high school. This was not because I was such a great quarterback, but we were thin at quarterback at that time in the high school. Coach wanted me to be able to work with the varsity coaches and get used to the varsity level, and hopefully get a lot better. One of the reasons I was excited to play varsity was that Sidney was a senior and I could be a teammate of his for a year. I worked mostly on the scout team that year and played in very few games. I never took reps with the first team, until one practice late in the season. Coach blew his whistle and yelled out, “Weddle get in there at quarterback and run the first team offense”! I was thrilled to be quarterbacking a team featuring Sidney Snell at running back, even if it was just in practice! I called the play in the huddle and it was a simple hand off to Sid on the right side going up the middle. I barked out the cadence at the line of scrimmage, the ball was snapped to me and I turned to my right to hand off to Sid, but by the time I got to where he was going through the line, he was past the line of scrimmage and in the defensive backfield. He shot out of his stance like a rocket and I was so slow down the line of scrimmage that I completely missed him for the hand off. He turned around and started laughing and said you’re supposed to hand the ball to me! The whole team broke out into laughter including Coach Crist, and I realized how much my athletic talent was in a very different level from Sidney. He came back to the huddle and just slapped me on the helmet as he was still laughing.
Being the youngest player on the team that year, I did not have my driver’s license yet, and everyone else on the team drove to school. After practice in the evening I had to walk home. One evening as I was walking down the entrance way to Blacksburg High School toward my home, Sidney pulled up beside me and yelled out asking me if I wanted a ride. I accepted and was amazed that a senior was stopping to pick up a sophomore and taking me to my home. It was a thrill to me and when we got to the house Sidney said he was happy to take me home anytime, and ended up doing that after nearly every practice. Sidney was an amazing athlete and star player in Blacksburg, being recruited by every college in America, and he cared enough to make sure I made it home in the evenings after practice.
Rest in peace, Sidney, from someone who admired your athletic talent immensely, and benefited from your genuine thoughtfulness. You were an amazing person and I am glad I spent time with you and had an opportunity to watch so many of your accomplishments both at BHS and Virginia Tech.
Received the very sad news today that my friend, Sidney Snell, had passed. His Blacksburg and Virginia Tech family had been praying for him ever since we heard he had been hospitalized. This news was so unexpected, and none of us can really believe it. Prayers will continue to be spoken—from all of us who were lucky to have known him. I decided to share a few pictures from “a few years ago”…. yep—I am one of those who kept scrap books and a box full of actual pictures we can put our hands on! PS—I made that green dress. Ha. There may be more memories posted in the coming days— just saying—
To the Snell family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you with comfort and peace. Please know your Blacksburg family is here for you.
I express condolences and love to the Snell family because of my Cousin Sidney Snell’s passing.
Sidney was inducted into the Hall of Fame for playing multiple sports at Virginia High Schools and was nominated to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for playing football at Virginia Politecnical Institute.
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.
We are still working on getting more details about the death, as a family statement on the death is yet to be released.