Snelling, Jr., Taylor French On Tuesday, April 30, 2013, French Snelling was welcomed into the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ. French was born in Richland, Georgia on January 18, 1926, to Taylor French Snelling and Sara Dixon Snelling. He spent his childhood in Georgia before moving to Dallas with his family and graduating from Highland Park High School in 1944. French entered Navy pre-flight at Mercer University in Georgia. After serving in the Navy, he was drafted into the Army. He completed Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning and served in Korea. After service and college, French worked as a salesman in the days when manufacturers' representatives made personal sales calls on clients. He logged many miles on the road, covering large territories in the Southwest. During his time with MacGregor and Wrangler, he won numerous national awards. French married Kitty Turner on July 25, 1959. Throughout their 53 years of marriage, French loved Kitty dearly and held her in the highest regard. Nothing equaled his devotion to Kitty other than his devotion to his three sons - Ty, Clay, and Troy. French was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest brother, Richard. He is survived by his wife, Kitty, his brother Robert and wife Ginger, and his sister Sallye Clark and husband Jody. French is also survived by his son Ty and wife Prissy, his son Clay and wife Chrissy, his son Troy and wife Elizabeth, and his nine grandchildren Sarah, Will, Ben, Powell, Zach, Abby, Kate, Turner and Luke, who affectionately called him "Pappy." French lived a long, fulfilled life, often expressing his love and thankfulness for his family. He was an avid sports fan, especially when one of his children or grandchildren was on the field. He was known to watch practices from a distance with binoculars, and at games his voice could be heard above the roar of the crowd. The memorial service will be held at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, 4124 Oak Lawn Avenue, on Friday, May 3, at 4:00pm. The reception will follow in Fellowship Hall.
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Published in Dallas Morning News from May 2 to May 3, 2013