Longtime dentist dies at 72

Published 8:08 am Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A beloved dentist who practiced for decades in the Camellia City died Monday.

Dr. Everett M. Snow, who opened his practice in Greenville in 1971, was 72.

Many of Snow’s patients recalled how he made trips to the dentist an enjoyable experience.

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Kevin Pearcey, a longtime patient of Snow’s, recalls what a highlight it was as a child to be able to choose a toy from the “treasure chest” after a visit to Snow’s office.

“He made a young child’s trip to the dentist as friendly and caring as could be,” Pearcey said.

Jackie Peavy Thompson said Snow had a way of making all of his patients feel special.

“I was four years old the first time I saw Dr. Snow and he called me sugar bear,” she said. “I’m sure he used that term of endearment for many of his young patients. I was in his office in late spring and he called me that then too. He always made me feel like I was his favorite patient. To me that was his best quality.”

Snow, a graduate of the University of Alabama its school of dentistry, was a die-hard Alabama fan that often decorated his front yard with a large, inflatable “Big Al” on game days.

On occasion, he even tried to persuade Auburn fans to switch their allegiance to the Crimson Tide.

“He knew that I was an Auburn fan, but he never stopped trying to convert me to an Alabama fan,” said Mark McClaney, a longtime patient of Snow’s.

Jeanie Cobb, who worked for Snow for more than a year, said that while Snow was as big an Alabama fan as there is, his patients who pulled for the Tigers still loved him.

“Dr. Snow’s patients enjoyed coming to the dentist,” she said. “All of the Bama fans enjoyed sitting in the ‘Bama room.’ Auburn fans were crazy about Dr. Snow too. He was a sweet, sweet man.”

Snow served as president of the Butler County University of Alabama Alumni Association, on the University of Alabama National Alumni Association board of directors, and the University of Alabama’s President’s Cabinet.

Snow was a member of the Rotary Club of Greenville where he was a past president and a Paul Harris Fellow. A Paul Harris Fellow is an individual who meets high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris, founder of Rotary.

He was a past president of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the Greenville chapter of the Red Cross and the Greenville Country Club.

He was also a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church where he served on the vestry and as a lay reader since 1973.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church with visitation one hour prior to the services in the parish hall.