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Lenoir-Rhyne University mourns the loss of Charles M. Snipes
Lenoir-Rhyne University mourns the loss of Charles M. Snipes

The Lenoir-Rhyne University community mourns the loss of Charles Melton Snipes '58, a beloved Bear, who died Sunday, February 24.

Snipes spent nearly 30 years on the University's board of trustees — including seven years as board chair. Until his death, he remained active on the board as a member, served on the executive committee, and was one of five officers, serving as assistant secretary.

After graduating from LRU with a bachelor's degree in business administration, Snipes started his career in banking. He retired in 2008 after climbing the ranks and serving as the Bank of Granite's CEO and chairman of the board. During his time at the bank, its assets grew from $67 million to $1.2 billion.

Throughout his career as a leader in the banking industry, Snipes was a staunch supporter of LRU. He was a member of the LRU Founders and Heritage Societies, a charter member of the President's Society, the Business Council, and the Piedmont Educational Foundation. The year 2002 marked the first time LRU had ever named one of its schools after an individual when its business department became The Charles M. Snipes School of Business. At the May 2014 commencement ceremony, Snipes received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his commitment and lifetime of service to his alma mater.

"Charles was a widely respected and well-liked member of our university community," said University President Dr. Fred Whitt. "Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with his wife, Catherine, and their family at this difficult time."

To view his funeral arrangements and to read his full obituary, click here.