William Basie Snorgrass
William Basie Snorgrass passed away on Monday morning, August 31, 2020 at 12:01 AM, in his home at 15127 Rainy Morning Drive, Humble, TX. His wife of 39 years, Rose Marie Darrell, was at his side. He had been treated for pancreatic cancer since early 2019.
Bill, better known as Billy by his siblings, born March 4, 1947 was the son of Henry Clay Snorgrass and Virginia Marie Kraibuhlar. Bill grew up in New York City and New Jersey. After graduating from Andrew Jackson High School, he joined the Air Force where he eventually became part of their communication defense team in Misawa, Japan. He served for 2 years.
After leaving the Air Force, he returned to New York City where he drove the crew shuttle for TWA and worked for the U. S. Postal Service while attending Queensborough Community College. From there Orlando, Florida had the pleasure of calling Bill and Rose residents for a brief moment but Hawaii became home for over 34 years. Bill was so creative that he drafted
the blueprints and built their family home in Hilo, Hawaii. Forever devoted to his loving wife, 2013 introduced a new chapter and they relocated for her career, settling in Humble, Texas.
Bill loved to take pictures. His passion for photography grew into a career with a vast portfolio holding images from models and weddings, to animals, flowers and sceneries from around the
world. Not only did he work behind the camera, he also opened and managed several one hour photo shops in Hawaii and American Samoa. When his eye wasn’t capturing memories, he enjoyed riding his Harley. His favorite past times included playing pool and deep sea fishing. He had such a giving heart that he became a mentor to teens, showing troubled boys how to turn their lives around.
Bill was a loving son, brother, husband, father, papa, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his wife Rose Marie, his daughter Shauni, 2 grandchildren, Malikai and Patience, brother Teddy, sister Michelle, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many good friends. He was predeceased by both of his parents and his older brother Bobby.
Bill will be remembered for his love of life and commitment to his family. He showed amazing strength despite the pain he endured for so many years. He was honest, direct and to the point while remaining a dignified gentleman in every sense of the word.
A celebration of life gathering will be held in Spring 2021, or as soon as we are able to safely congregate. Additional details will be provided at a later time.