Wilson Baxter Snipes

April 25, 1950 - January 4, 2020
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Wilson "Sonny" Baxter Snipes, 69, of Mangum, OK passed away unexpectedly at Jackson County Memorial Hospital on January 4, 2020. He was born on April 25, 1950 to LA and Eddie Lou (Wilson) Snipes in Liberal, Kansas. Wilson grew up in Mangum, OK graduating from high school in 1968. Sonny received his BS degree in Business from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK. He met and married his high school sweetheart, Gayle Lanford on August 23, 1969 in Mangum, OK. To this union was born three children: Justin, Bethney and Rebecca. Music was always a big part of his life from his days in high school, college, and adulthood. Sonny enjoyed a challenging and rewarding career in the IT field. He loved his family more than life itself and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife Gayle Snipes of the home
Son: Justin Snipes & wife Kristi of Dewey, OK
Daughter: Bethney Jones & husband Michael of Pottsboro, TX
4 Grandchildren: Wyatt, Jacie, Cayden and Grayson
Sister: Gwen Parker of CA
2 Nieces
1 Nephew
A host of other close family members and friends.
Preceded in death by his Parents: LA & Eddie Lou Snipes, Daughter: Rebecca Varner and Brother: James Snipes

Celebration of Life: 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020
Mimosa Court Yard
Mangum, Oklahoma

Service Information

Celebration Of Life
Date: January 11, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm

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Ronda Blue
Fort Worth, TX
Beth and family,
I am so sorry to hear about you loss. Praying for peace during this difficult time.
michael l dean
dallas, TX
Gail, you are in my prayers and I know that we will all see Sonny again.
Lisa Rhoads
Plano, TX
So sorry to hear about Sonny, Gayle. I worked with him at Sterling many years ago. My prayers are with you and your family. Peace be with you.
Carissa Patterson
Gayle, I'm so sad to hear about Sonny's passing. Although I haven't talked to him in a while, I had the pleasure of working with him for several years, and the pleasure to have called him my friend. Sonny had a great listening ear. No matter what he had going on, if you needed to talk to someone about anything, Sonny was there.  He always listened carefully to the issue at hand, and always responded "what can I do to help?" He steered me in directions in my work life that I never saw myself going. Sonny saw the potential in everyone he met. I remember a couple of times in the afternoon asking him, where did you go for lunch today? He would say I went to Sam's, I needed to pick up something over there and I walked around the store and by the time I had tried all the samples of food, I was full. He cracked me up. He loved his family more than anything in the world and that was always his priority. I am a better person for having had Sonny in my life as my mentor and as my friend. I will always miss him. God bless you and your family during this time.
Lindley, TX
I am so sorry to hear about Sonny! My husband Michael and I both worked with Sonny for over 8 years at Sterling.  He was always such a nice guy.  Sending prayers to his family and friends.  So sad!
Sue and Ernie Pettit
Ponca City, OK
Gayle, Justin, and family, we were so saddened to hear about Sonny.  We were just thinking about you all the other day.  When I worked with you at Kildare School, we were building our house and Ernie got sick with pneumonia and was in the hospital and you were kind enough to invite our son, Marty, to go to Mangum with you for the weekend.  He enjoyed that so much and you will never know how much it helped us out! While our hearts are crying at the passing of Sonny, our souls are rejoicing, knowing that we will see him again.  May God bless you with strength, comfort, peace, and love during these difficult days! With much love, Sue and Ernie
Tommy and Michele Siegmann
Broken Arrow, OK
Gayle, you and Sonny are our oldest and best friends. We’ve shared a lifetime of memories. Our love and prayers are with you and the family. We will miss him.
Mangum Lions Club
Mangum, OK
We are so sorry to lose one of our members. Our prayers are with Gayle and the Family.
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