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Booker Thomas Snell

February 20, 1921 ~ January 4, 2018 (age 96)

Booker Thomas Snell departed this life on January 4, 2018.  He was born in Waco, Texas on February 20, 1921 to Leroy Snell and Virgie Huddleston, and was the oldest of four children. 

After graduation from high school Booker proudly served as a Sergeant in the United States Army from 1943-1945. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Huston-Tillotson College and a Master’s degree from Southwest Texas State University .

Booker was a ground breaking educator, becoming the first African-American teacher to integrate the Austin public school system. Booker taught history and government for over 30 years. Booker was a teacher of all things. His method was simple. He taught by example. Booker had a quiet dignity, respecting himself the way he respected others. Booker never made an enemy. Not one.

Booker was a kind, gentle person who loved his family and friends. His greatest loves were his wife of 55 years Mary Snell, his daughter Beryl and his granddaughter Tracy. The legacy of Booker’s kind spirit, passion for sports and love of reading will live through them.  Booker was loved dearly by all who knew him. His life and the way he lived is an example for all.

[Image result for rosary beads] Booker is survived by his daughter Beryl Wainwright and granddaughter Dr. Tracy Pipkin. He also leaves to mourn: a sister - Esterrine Mack, nieces Meleta McCollough and Andrea Jerrols and nephews Derwin Mack and Robin Dale. In addition he has a host of great nieces and nephews, several cousins and many special friends


 Service Information

Viewing
Thursday
January 11, 2018

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.
1300 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702

Recitation of the Rosary
Thursday
January 11, 2018

6:30 PM
King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.
1300 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702

Funeral Mass
Friday
January 12, 2018

11:00 AM
Holy Cross Catholic Church
1610 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702

Interment
Friday
January 12, 2018

12:30 PM
Evergreen Cemetery
3304 E 12th Street
Austin, TX 78721


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