Janie Murrell Snyder

Born in Knoxville, TN on May 2, 1952

Departed on May 19, 2020 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Janie Murrell Snyder, "Nanny", was born on Friday May 2, 1952 near Knoxville, TN in a town called Maryville, to the late Robert Eugene Murrell and Gracie Irene Arwood.   She was named after her grandmother whom she favored greatly, Sarah Jane, lovingly known as “Mama Arwood”.   Janie has four siblings; Jimmy, Bobby, Carolyn, and Tony.  Her childhood was spent on a chicken farm surrounded by family and friends in the town of Rockford, TN where she knew a life of love, simplicity, and a tight-knit Christian community.

In the summer of 1973, her friend invited her to go to a carnival; it was there she met the carnival owner’s son, Hillman Snyder jr., whom she married the following year on January 25, 1974. They were madly in love and couldn’t wait to start a family, so, in 1975 their little miracle was born, Jill.  They worked with the carnival for a number of years before owning and operating their own show, known as “Snyder and Metts Amusements”.  Janie was not only the office administrator, she was in charge of the carnival’s food, tickets, and did her fair share of unlicensed doctoring.

Janie and her family prospered greatly in this endeavor for a number of years. They retired from their business in 2006 and later on started a gift basket shop where she could delve into her artistic abilities. Anyone who knew Janie could see she was talented in a number of ways. She was a singer, a writer, and quite the painter. The kitchen was another place where you could see her talents. If you were lucky enough to have had her Chicken n' Dumplings, then you would be able to taste the love that went into creating it. Just like everything she made!

Nothing was more important than family to Janie. The joys of being a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother were to her, the greatest achievements of her life. Surrounded by her family and friends during holidays, vacations, and even at work, throughout her life, there was no surprise that she was lovingly surrounded at the time of her passing after a long battle against Alzheimer’s disease.

Janie is survived by her husband of 46 years, Hill; their daughter Jill; granddaughters; Haley and Lexi, and a great-grandson, Bodin. She will forever be missed and remembered for her overwhelming generosity, integrity and the love she spread to whomever she met. There will never be another soul like hers. Nanny, you will be in our hearts forever.

Services for Janie will be held Friday, May 22, 2020 beginning at 11:00 a.m. graveside with Wayne Poling officiating, at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, 9090 HWY 100, Nashville, TN 37221.

Pall Bearers will be Mike McCormack, Tony Murrell, Kevin Adams, Jamie Metts, Tommy Yttring, Bretton Dean and serving as Honorary Pall Bearers will be Sydney Talbart and Jackson Metts.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Janie Snyder to the Tennessee chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

24 Comments to Janie Murrell Snyder

  1. Teri Woodward says:

    Much love she was always loving and full of life . she made me feel like family . jannie was everyines nannie. We will all miss her but she is not gone . She will slways be with us in spirit.

  2. RICKY HARRIS says:

    She will be missed. Beautiful lady inside and out

  3. jim leigh says:

    one of greatest lady I could ever know,heart of gold and great friend,miss all of the family,she’s up there with pops and mom looking down at us now

  4. Bobby Perkins says:

    Hill, so sorry to hear of Janie’s passing, You both have been good friends for years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Reverand Wayne Atchley,. says:

    Didn,t know Janie, but am friends with BOBBY,JIMMY,TONY MAY God be with her family.

  6. Jackie Caruso says:

    My sympathy to the family, Janie was a lovely person.

  7. Sherry Mills-Scott says:

    Janie was such beautiful friend & will be missed so much by everyone that has ever met her. To meet her is to love her. Her family meant the world to her & loved nothing more than being with them. She was a devoted wife & loved God. Janie was so fun & I am truly blessed to have had her & her family in my life. Love you!

  8. Sherry Mills-Scott says:

    Janie was such beautiful friend & will be missed so much by everyone that has ever met her. To meet her is to love her. Her family meant the world to her & loved nothing more than being with them. She was a devoted wife & loved God. Janie was so fun & I am truly blessed to have had her & her family in my life. Love you girlfriend!

  9. Justin and Angel says:

    So much love for such a sweet little lady. It was a priveledge and honor to call her a friend.

    Rest in eternal peace.

  10. Gracie Stanbery Hows says:

    Thoughts and prayers for the family. Carolyn was a classmate of mine (1961). I was Gracie Ann Stanbery. Sorry to hear of your sister’s death.

  11. Judy Hobbs says:

    Janie was a beautiful soul. Sweet lady with an amazing smile!!! God has a new angel. Judy and Mike Hobbs

  12. kerry callis - curle says:

    Janie was always the sweetest person at all times to everyone, she will be missed by all who knew her and loved her, to hill jr, jill and family god be with you at this time , this is a big change that only gods love for you can get you through with my deepest sympathy Kerry callis-curle

  13. Sharon McCormack says:

    As the other grand mother Nana, Nannie will be missed SO MUCH. She and I have wonderful memories being with Haley and Lexi on grand parents day. Such sweet memories of fun, food and laughter. Lots of laughter. The day my son Michael told me he was joining the carnival I about lost it. Janie drove from Nashville to West Palm Beach to meet me and assure me of the family oriented carnival they ran. She even wore her “fun hair” as she called it. That is the day I became a good friend and soon to be family member of the Snyders and what a wonderful adventure it has been. My sweet Nannie I will miss you so, love Nana

  14. Steven keel says:

    My name is Steven keel from carsonville Michigan I’m so sorry to hear about that

  15. Steven Thomas says:

    So many wonderful childhood memories and working at the carnival during the summer.
    One of the most dependable friends to my parents and such a giving heart.
    She will be missed! My condolences to Hill, Jill and the entire family.
    An amazing and beautiful spirit gone way too soon.
    Love y’all,

  16. Phillip Ivey says:

    So sorry for your loss Janie was a wonderful person. She and I were classmates at Porter High in Wildwood…

  17. Linda Huskey says:

    Janie was a beautiful person. I went to school with her at Porter. She had a wonderful inviting smile. God b with all her family

  18. Jim and Carolyn Leedy says:

    Our deepest condolences and prayers.

  19. Sue Wilkerson says:

    Janie was a precious friend, so full of love and a generous spirit. I don’t think I ever heard her say a critical word about anyone! My heart goes out to all the family.

  20. Gene & Anna Bea Turner says:

    Sweet, sweet, godly lady! Thank you Hill for taking such good care of your precious bride. Heaven has just gained an angel.

  21. Margaret Hobbs Ferguson says:

    Hill so sorry to hear, Janie was a special person. prayers for you it is going to be so hard keep your faith in God he will see you through it.

  22. David McCroskey Jr says:

    Sorry for your loss, loved working with aunt Janie and uncle Hill. I have some great memories during that time of my life.

  23. Janie Snyder says:

    Dear Janie, Thank you for everything that you did for me. I miss and love you so much. Love Bubba

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