Avery Quenton Sneed passed away Monday, January 7, 2019. He was born January 13, 1940 in Hardin County, Illinois to Milas and Madge Vaughn Belt and Paul Sneed. Avery came to the Lord and was saved on June 16, 2016 and was baptized on August 14, 2016. He was a member of the Community Independent Baptist Church and was a United States Army Veteran serving from 1962-1968. He was a proud member of the Paul C. Rowan American Legion Post #571, Disabled American Veteran, and the Rosiclare Masonic Lodge.
He worked as a fluorspar miner, a police officer, and dispatcher for the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department. He also worked on construction and as maintenance supervisor for the Hardin County Housing Authority where he retired in 1991, but his favorite job was being Papaw.
On March 16, 1974 he married Linda Keeney and they had two children, Jeff and Kristin. Avery enjoyed his family, his church and in earlier years hunting, riding horses, and drag racing, but, most of all he enjoyed his grandchildren. Surviving is his wife Linda of 44 years; his son Jeff and wife Carol; his daughter Kristin and husband Greg; his grandchildren Karli, Madi, Bailey, Kailey, Brantley and Brody; three half-sisters, Dotty Cubley, Paula Belford, and Phyllis Slutzky; and a host of aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Milas and Madge Belt, and Paul Sneed.
Funeral services were held on January 10, 2019.
The Footprints Prayer
One night I had a dream…
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last
scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the
footprints in the sand. I noticed
that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it
happened at the very lowest
and saddest times in my life
This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said that once I
decided to follow you,
You would walk with me all the way;
But I have noticed that during
the most troublesome times in my life,
There is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why in times when I
needed you the most, you should leave me.
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious
child. I love you, and I would never,
never leave you
during your times of
trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.