John Snyder Tennies
John Snyder Tennies
  • May 21, 1938 - January 27, 2016
  • Shenandoah, Virginia

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John Snyder Tennies, age 77, went to be with our Lord January 27, 2016.

He was born on May 21, 1938 in Williford, Arkansas to DeForest U. Tennies, Sr. and Amanda Waggoner Tennies. The family moved back to New York in 1941. Following his high school graduation, John enlisted in the United States Army. He served six years of active duty and nine years in the Army Reserve. John moved to Virginia in 1981 and worked at Camp Overlook as Maintenance Director from 1982 until his retirement in 2000.

John is predeceased by his parents; brothers Phillip, Lloyd, and Newton Tennies; sisters Nellie Coffee and Mary Yackovitch; and one granddaughter, Kristy Saul.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Joyce McCulley Tennies; daughter, Debra Braswell of Ray City, GA; step-children, Mary Brown (Dennis) of Kingsville, OH; Melissa Bloom of Erie, PA; Edna Saul (James) of Chesterfield, VA; Ronald Anderson of Amelia, VA; Melody Shaw and Dianna Siever (Aaron) of Shenandoah, VA; and Julie David (Steve) of Buckingham, VA; a foster son, Shawn Shifflett; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and foster children; brothers Reverend DeForest Tennies, Jr. of East Randolph, NY and Glenn Tennies of Lodi, CA; one sister, Ella Broscious of Grottoes, VA; and his beloved mother-in-law, Lois H. McCulley.

A celebration of life service is scheduled for May 22, 2016 at 3 PM at Glovier Chapel, Camp Overlook, 3014 Camp Overlook Ln., Keezletown, VA 22832.

Memorial donations may be made to Camp Overlook or Someone Cares Ministries c/o Faith Lighthouse Chapel, 104 Jamestown Road, Randolph, NY 14772.

Lindsey-Kyger Funeral Home in Shenandoah is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent at