The July 29 passing of former Yadkin County Commissioner Allan Sneed stirred memories for sitting commissioners.
“I’m sure I speak for the board [when I] extend our condolences to the Allan Sneed family,” said Commissioner Frank Zachary during the Aug. 7 meeting of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners.
“Allan was a great American and a good county commissioner,” said Zachary, noting Commissioner Marion Welborn was closer to Sneed than any of the other board members.
Welborn, who was present at Sneed’s side shortly after his death, comforted others with the information that Sneed died in his sleep.
“He did a very good job for the county under the conditions he was with other board members, you can put that in the record,” said Welborn.
Sneed served as Yadkin County commissioner in the early 2000s after being appointed to fill a vacant Republican seat and then running for an additional term.
“He didn’t serve for long, but he sure got a lot of stuff done while he was here,” said Commissioner Kevin Austin, who is also chair of the board.
Although Sneed had the help from many sources, it was the sheer amount of items taken on by the boards Sneed served with that impressed Austin. “[At the memorial] they had a board with all the things he was involved with as commissioner,” said Austin, who was inspired to do more as a commissioner himself.
“When you see something like that it really impacts you,” said Austin. “He really did a great job for our community. I can only hope to do as well.”
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.