Mars Hill - James Osborne (J.O.) Snelson, 87 of 112 Calvin Edney Road. Mars Hill departed peacefully to be with Jesus Sunday, November 17, 2013. He was a native and lifelong resident of Madison County. He was the son of the late James Glamer and Nona Boyd Snelson and is also preceded in death by his wife Ruby Jarvis Snelson. He was a US Army
Veteran, a retired truck driver for the State of North Carolina DOT and a member of Ivy Chapel Baptist Church.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews including his niece and caregiver Derenda Collins and husband Gary; two special great nieces, Leslie and husband John White and Susie Roberts and husband Matthew. Many special friends and cousins. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Ms. Johnnie Allen of Mars Hill and Katherine Ramsey and husband James of Mars Hill.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Robbie Capps Memorial chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service. Revs Freddie Bishop, Matthew Roberts, Seth Metcalf and Woody Dillingham will officiate. Burial will follow in George Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Monday at Blue Ridge Funeral Service.
Osborne will be deeply missed by his family and friends especially his church family. He was an active member in his church and maintained the church grounds for many years and devoted much of his time helping those less fortunate. J. O. always had a kind word for everyone he met.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralservice.org