TOP PHOTO: Betty Snodderly with her daughter Amy and son John.
By Charlotte Underwood
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Betty Snodderly, “one of Campbell County’s most cherished citizens,” has been chosen to be this year’s Christmas Parade Grand Marshal. The parade is Sat., Dec. 4 at 2 pm. Snodderly’s reception will be Thurs., Dec. 2 at 7 pm, at the LaFollette Methodist Church.
Snodderly said she was “honored and humbled” to be chosen and that it came as a complete surprise. She said she was accepting the designation on “behalf of all the volunteers and others that had supported the chamber and the Christmas parade over the years.”
“There are so many others more deserving, and I just want to say how blessed and grateful I have been for all the support and help. It takes so many people, and there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes,” Snodderly said.
And behind the scenes work is something Snodderly knows about when it comes to both the chamber of commerce and the annual Christmas Parade.
For more than two decades, Betty Snodderly was at the helm of the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, paving the way for a thriving and successful chamber.
Snodderly began at first as a volunteer for several years when Alan Clear was chamber director.
It was through the chamber that she first became involved in the Christmas Parade Committee. Snodderly said she had always wanted to support her community and as a chamber volunteer, the Christmas Parade was her first opportunity to do so. In turn, her experiences through the Christmas Parade also got her more involved in the chamber.
“I always had such good committee members, and we always had so much fun,” Snodderly said.
Over the years Snodderly has continued to give back to her county and community.
Her many efforts were recognized last year by the Campbell County Commission, which designated January 21, 2020, as a special day in her honor. At that time, Campbell County Commissioner Rusty Orick said, Snodderly is “one of Campbell County’s most cherished citizens, one who continually demonstrated her respect and affection for her county, her church and her legion of friends. Across two decades of dedication, she built a solid foundation on which the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce stands, and it is successful and thriving today.”
Snodderly retired from the chamber of commerce in 2009 and has spent the last 11 years working part-time at the customer service department at LaFollette Utilities, attending community events and “being a loving mother and grandmother.”
She continues to love and support her community, her family and her friends.
“I love this place; I always have and I always will. Time just flies when you’re having fun. I am so blessed; I have wonderful children and grandchildren and so many blessings in my life,” Snodderly said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/22/2021-6AM)