Olivia Ellisor Snipes, 88, of Newberry, widow of Hubert Snipes, died Friday, December 11, 2015, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born on November 9, 1927, in Newberry, she was the daughter of the late William T. “Bill” and Rosa Moates Ellisor. She operated Mama Snipes Day Care. Mrs. Snipes was a member of Glenn Street Baptist Church where she served on the hostess committee for 47 years, was a former GA and youth choir leader.

She is survived by a son, William Terry (Susan) Snipes of Swansea; a daughter, Marsha (James) Amick of Lexington; a brother, Talmadge Ellisor of Newberry; grandchildren, Haley Corley, Jennifer Cartwright, Corey Amick and Kelly Bullard; five step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Wayne Ellisor and two nieces. Mrs. Snipes was predeceased by a great-grandson, Miles Cartwright, Teresa Maybank her employee and faithful companion for over 40 years, sister-in-law, Irene Ellisor.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, December 14, 2015, at Glenn Street Baptist Church by the Rev. Michael Whitesides and the Rev. Eddie Bledsoe. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Glenn Street Baptist Church, 300 Glenn Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pallbearers will be Robbie Bachelder, Keith Bachelder, Chad Stevens, Matt Bowers, Ben Bowers, Timothy Ringer, Jeff Martin and Wayne Ellisor.

Honorary pallbearers will be all of the former “Mama Snipes” Kids, members of the Reapers Sunday School Class, Judy Jones, Punk Beck, Frances Mack, Carlene Ridgell, Peggy Marlowe, Murroll Brown, Leonard Brown, Elizabeth Hayes, Eddie Taylor, Kenny Floyd, Carolyn Lancaster, Hollis Johnson and Pete Simpson.

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#23 Becky Farmer Goodman 2015-12-20 22:42
I was a Mama Snipes & Butt Butt kid. I too have told my daughter so much about them and the pools. This time of the year I am especially remembering the Christmas parties at Glenn Street Baptist. They treated each one of us as if we were their own. I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray the God will wrap his arms around each of you and all of Mama Snipes kids and bring comfort to everyone during this time. She truly will be missed but will be looking over everyone.
#22 Amy Lawson 2015-12-17 01:47
I was a "Mama Snipes Kid" . She was do patient and kind. I have told my children stories about " Mama Snipes and Butt Butt". I remember many summers in those trough swimming pools, playing "Dallas" outside with others.she was so patient, always had us a hot meal, and so much love. I am so sorry for your loss.
#21 Karen Lindler Smith 2015-12-14 11:49
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Mama Snipes will be missed by all. Love Joey and Karen Lindler Smith
#20 Vicki Hendrix 2015-12-14 09:58
So very sorry for your loss but heaven is rejoicing with another angel. Ms. Olivia was a wonderful lady and will be missed by many. May you find comfort knowing that she is with her Heavenly Father.
#19 Mary Alex Senn Kopp 2015-12-14 09:50
Mama Snipes will always hold a special place in my heart. I will truly miss her and am grieving for her family in this time of loss. She was an influential woman in my life and I will always cherish the memories made with her, growing up in her backyard.
#18 Mary Catherin Reynol 2015-12-14 07:17
Marsha and family, my heart breaks for you right now, but we celebrate the life of the very special lady who loved everyone and was loved by everyone. She has touched so many people's lives in very special ways and I know you are very proud of the Mom she was to you. I know you will miss her very much. There is nothing like the love of a Mother. Just remember that God is there right beside you, he will be walking this walk with you, and he grieves with you and he will see you through. He will give you strength on the days when you feel you can not find yours. I love you and will be praying for each of you. Love, Mary Catherine E.L. and Billy
#17 Cindy whitehead 2015-12-13 20:22
My prayer go out to the family of mrs snipes I took care of her at the hospital while she was there she waste sweetest lady rest in peace mrs snipes
#16 Carla Ammons 2015-12-13 18:49
I was sadden to hear of your loss. Mama Snipes was a wonderful person we use to sit and talk while waiting for the kids to get out of school. She was one in a million. Prayers for you all. My first thought was the baby sitting crew are on duty in heaven now.
#15 Sheriff Lee Foster 2015-12-12 22:38
Mere words can't describe what a contribution Mama Snipes made on our community through her nurturing and guidance of many a child. Simply put, what a wonderful woman and a wonderful life. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia
#14 Cathy Derrick Shealy 2015-12-12 21:09
Sending love and prayers for all of your family . May the grace of God give you peace.
#13 Renee Derrick 2015-12-12 19:45
I am so sorry for the loss of Mama Snipes. She is one of those people who will forever be in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
#12 Kandy Ringer Dameron 2015-12-12 16:43
So sorry to hear about your loss. Im so thankful that my children were one of her kids. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I know she will be greatly missed.
#11 Pat Seymore 2015-12-12 16:12
Marsha, Terry and family: My thought and prayers are with you all. Your mom was such a dedicated Christian lady who loved her Lord and family. She has always been very pleasant and friendly to everyone she met. Your sorrow is Heaven's gain. We will all see her again. Take care of Talmadge because they loved each other. God bless. Pat Seymore
#10 Helen Morris 2015-12-12 13:11
Marsha and Terry, I was sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You have a lot of good memories to get you through this difficult time and God will embrace you with his loving arms.
#9 Joe and Sylvia Moore 2015-12-12 11:21
Marsha and family, sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.May God be with you and bless you in the days to come.Sylvia and Joe Moore
#8 Mark Kiser Family 2015-12-12 11:12
We are so sorry for your loss. Mama Snipes was a "mama" to many kids in Newberry including ours. She will be missed. I always enjoyed stopping by her house to talk. Mark, Paula, Sam and Jeff Kiser
#7 Shaye Miller 2015-12-12 08:33
Marsha, Terry and family. So very sorry to learn of Mama Snipes passing. She will be missed by many because she was such an important part of so many children's lives. May God wrap you in his arms and carry you through these difficult times.
Shaye and Eric Miller, Margaret Sheppard, Meghan Morse, and Heather Beall
#6 Rose Meadows 2015-12-12 07:54
So sorry to hear about Mama Snipes, sending prayers and pray God will be with you and your family.
#5 Wes & Helen Griffin 2015-12-12 07:47
Mama Snipes meant more to our family than I am able to express. I know this is true of hundreds of families in our community. Her legacy is one of love, of concern for others, of allegiance to our Lord, and of rearing children of good character. There are no words to describe our sorrow for those she leaves behind. I do hope she and Ben share some hugs and some good memories. Love you all.
#4 Janice Meeks 2015-12-11 19:58
I am so sad to learn about your mother. She was truly a special lady. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
#3 David and Fran Senn 2015-12-11 19:42
We were so sorry to hear about your loss. We're so thankful that our children were able to be "one of her kids". You are in our thoughts and prayers.
#2 Alice Turner 2015-12-11 19:27
So sorry to hear of Ms. Olivia's passing. May the Lord Lord wrap each of you in his loving arms and carry you through the difficult days ahead.
With prayers,

Danny & Alice Turner
#1 Peggy Marlowe 2015-12-11 18:08
To Mrs Snipes Family: We are truly sorry for your loss. She was a great neighbor and "Friend". We didn't visit much, but I knew she was always up there.She will be greatly missed. Love Ya'll Peggy and Johnny Marlowe

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