In Memory

C. V. Snapp (Superintendent)

C. V. Snapp (Superintendent)

Snapp, Carlos Victor age 101, of Jenkins, Y., retired Superintendent of Jenkins Independent Schools, passed from this life on Sunday, January 7, 1990 at the Appalachian Regional Health Care, Whitesburg, KY. He was born in Carlisle, KY. On December 7, 1888. On June 4, 1926 he married Gussie Webb who preceded him in death in July of 1955. Survivors are two nieces; three brothers-in-law: John Webb of Columbus, OH; Charles Webb of Florence, KY. David Webb of Williamsport, KY.; two sisters-in-law: Mrs. Lucille Helton of Cincinnati, OH. And Ruth Handy of Van Lear, KY. Mr. Snapp came to Jenkins from Van Lear in July of 1929, where he served as Superintendent of Schools. After leaving Jenkins Schools, he served as Pupil Personnel for Pike County Schools until his retirement. He was a member of the Jenkins United Methodist church, Charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Jenkins, Pine Mountain Chapter Order of Eastern Star.No.247, Jenkins member of the Masonic Lodge in Carlisle, KY. Also, he was a veteran of World War I. Mr. Snapp will be remembered for his dedication to the education of children, his love of music and his love of God. Interment, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville, KY.

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07/25/09 08:22 AM #1    

David Whited (1973)

I was too young to have benefitted from his influence but based on the stories I heard he was a huge influence on many very successful JHS Alumni.

01/06/10 08:02 PM #2    

Linda Elkins (Chandler) (1959)

Mr. Snapp brings back fond memories of what he did for JHS students when he provided music teachers teachers grades 1-12. He was known as "Professor" all over the state. He provided the foundation for an outstanding reputation that Jenkins Schools enjoyed throughout his tenure. He saw that Jenkins had an outstanding band and chorus. He took both to the spring music festivals. He allowed dances after ballgames, folk dancing clubs, and Bible Club when others frowned upon it in the 50s and 60s. He had high expectations for all his students and hired the best staff in the county and paid them well. He had the respect of the community, his board members and his staff. (It was sad when I visited in later years to see such a small number of band members in the Christmas parade. It just didn't seem like this could be representative of Jenkins.)

02/26/10 11:54 AM #3    

Paul A. Pondish (1963)

A true American Hero! I only wish that we had more like him!!

10/26/10 06:16 PM #4    

Jerry Fredrick Wetzel (1952)

Mr. C. V. Snapp was a vital part of my life starting even before I was born.  My mother and father (Raymond and Fannie Wetzel) were both students under Mr. Snapp while in high school in Van Lear, Kentucky.  When my father was transferred to the Jenkins coal mines, there Mr. Snapp was again in charge of Jenkins schools.  While in high school I was taught by Mr. Snapp in the high school chorus all four years.  We even had a male quartet taught by Mr. Snapp that consisted of Larry Hillman, Jerry Ray Arrington, Kyle Estes, and myself.  I believe that we were awarded a superior rating one year at the state contest level.  While still in college I remember coming home for the summer break and Mr. Snapp who directed the choir at The Methodist Church let me gain conducting experience by conducting that choir. After completing college at Western Kentucky University and a tour of duty in The United States Marine Corps, I returned to Kentucky to start my teaching career.  After five years of teaching in western Kentucky, Mr. Snapp called and offered me a job at Pikeville High School. 

Thank you Mr. Snapp for all the guidance, encouragement, and help along the way.

Jerry F. Wetzel


09/26/11 04:43 PM #5    

Billie Wright (Davis) (1961)

What a remarkable man and educator!!!!!  His life appeared revolve around what he could do to make the Jenkins District Schools the best they could possibly be.  JHS students experienced many successes because of the groundwork laid by Mr. Snapp. 

I am now a retired educator and have never seen any administrator who cared more for his/her students/school than did Mr. Snapp. 

For his many years of service to the Jenkins Independent School District, it is so sad that something special and significant in the school system was not named in his honor, preferably before his death. 

He was second to none, in my opinion.



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