On November 24,1927 in Wilmington NC, a son was born to a young couple in love.That young couple was Miss Francenia Sneed and Mr. William Smith. They decided to name their child Freddie Sneed. As young Freddie grew up, he was impressed with all of the role models around him. His father was a musician, his grandmother was a nurse, his grandfather was a business owner, his aunt was a teacher and well known for running track and all his uncles joined the Army. As you know, these were great accomplishments for African Americans back in that time.
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Freddie completed his early school years in Wilmington and then the family moved to New York just in time for High School. He attended Boys High School in Brooklyn, NY until he graduated. Soon after Freddie joined the United States Navy. Freddie became a standout in more ways than one. He was the only African American in US Naval School Instructor Training, and the only African American in Naval Air Training Command Chief Petty Officer Leadership School. He completed them both successfully. He also was the only African American when he was in the Second Platoon. On October 2, 1963, The Department of The Navy entrusted and appointed Freddie Sneed A Permanent Chief Radarman. He served in that capacity until 1974 where he retired as Chief Operations Specialist from the United States Navy after serving 20 years.
Freddie Sneed went on to join Sears Roebuck and Company ( Sears). He started as a salesman and worked tirelessly. His efforts did not go unnoticed because he became the #1 salesman in the country. He was sent to Chicago and honored in such a grand way by corporate. Freddie didn’t stop there, he continued to apply himself until he was promoted to manager of one division. His supervisor saw his dedication and know how, that he promoted him to manager of another division. So here was Freddie Sneed a manger of two divisions. He gave his all to Sears until he retired after 25 years of service. Mr. Sneed had a long and Prosperous life.
Freddie Sneed is predeceased by his wife Ann Sneed, son Freddie Sneed Jr. mother Francenia Sneed Green,stepfather Haywood Green and a great grandchild Westley Richardson. Freddie leaves to mourn two daughters Chanel Sneed, Kim Nurse, son-in-law William Nurse grandchildren Richard Hughes ( Brandy Hughes),Tiffany Wilson ( Fred Wilson),Kristen Nurse, Casie Nurse, Kelly Nurse, greatgrands Kaliah Hughes, Deshawn Lindo, Priscilla Richardson, Quantico Parker, Carter Lee and Lacey Lee. He also leaves to mourn a host of relatives and friends.