Condolence & Memory Journal

Mrs. Snelgrove brought smiles and joy to all of her students and made me not totally hate my biology class. Other than being a fantastic teacher, she was an even better person whose positivity was infectious. Everyone who knew her felt a great loss with her passing, and she will never be forgotten. Fly High Leigh, may she Rest In Peace.

Posted by Aaron Causey - MT.Pleasant, SC - Student   February 25, 2020

Posted by A friend   February 19, 2020


Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time. Know that we are here for anything you may need. With love.

Posted by Lora Ullery - Aiken, SC - friend   February 13, 2020

We were so sorry to read of Leigh's passing. As many others shared, she was a remarkable young woman. Such a sad loss for many. Prayers for the family.

Posted by Mark and Sonya Connelly - Aiken, SC   February 12, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss, and will keep you in my prayers.

Posted by Lain Bradford - Aiken, SC - Family Friend   February 11, 2020

I was very sad to hear of the loss of Leigh, she touched so many people during her life and will be missed. In my 21 years of working at AC Flora, Leigh was one of the most upbeat and positive person we ever had on Flora's campus. May she rest in peace and the family also, knowing just how many students Leigh has inspired because of how positive and kind she was.

Posted by Terri Finch - Columbia, SC - Coworker   February 11, 2020

Stephen and I never had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful person but from what we've been reading and hearing about she must have been a special person to many. To the Snelgrove and Johnson family; May her memory be a blessing to her family, friends and students alike. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all always. May G-d bless you all and give you peace and comfort soon.

Posted by Peppy and Stephen Surasky - Aiken, SC   February 08, 2020

Leigh Snelgrove was one of my student teachers at White Knoll High School. She was extremely bright, creative, and had that "passion" for education that is so needed in education right now. I wanted her to stay at WKHS because I could see her potential. A wonderful young person and educator gone too soon. I am praying for Leigh's family in this difficult time. Sincerely, Barbara Jordan (retired from WKHS)

Posted by Barbara Jordan - West Columbia, SC - teacher   February 08, 2020

Von, Vicki and Beverly, my heart aches for you at this time. Leigh was a beautiful young woman, inside and out. We are praying for you and hope you find peace and comfort with this sudden loss.

Posted by Lisa Sharrard - Columbia, SC   February 08, 2020

I was so sorry to hear about your beautiful daughter. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. May the peace of God be with you.

Posted by CHERYL WILLIAMSON - North Augusta, SC - Friend   February 08, 2020

To the Snelgrove Family, My heart breaks with your loss of such a beautiful, warm, kind young woman who I had the honor to know. Leigh brought such joy to all of us. She touched so many lives, having been with us for such a short time. I send my thoughts and prayers to you at this most difficult time.

Posted by Linda Strojan - Aiken, SC - teacher   February 08, 2020

Thinking of you and your family during this sad time.
Very sorry for the loss of your daughter.
Ted McManus

Posted by Ted McManus - North Augusta, SC   February 08, 2020

Doris, Renate and I are so sorry to learn of your granddaughter's death.

Posted by James Price - Knoxville, TN   February 07, 2020

Walter and I are so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know we are thinking about you and your family and holding you close in our hearts.
Walter and Bootsie Cousins

Posted by Leonide Cousins - Irmo, SC - Family Friend   February 07, 2020

Von, Vicki, Beverly, and family,

We are deeply sorry for your loss. Leigh was a true, sincere, kind and genuine soula unique and unforgettable warmth. We are so thankful to have known and befriended her, and we will surely miss her. Thank you for sharing your daughter with us and the world.

-Matt and Elizabeth

Posted by Matt and Elizabeth Brady - Park Circle, SC - friend   February 07, 2020

Though we can't be with you today, our hearts , minds and souls are standing beside you. Please know how much we love you all and share your grief. Ben,Janet and Susan

Posted by Ben New - Aiken, SC   February 07, 2020

Judge Vicky, this is Omar Perez, I'm a retired Deputy Sheriff who used to be assigned to you whenever you served in Charleston, and I met Leigh a few times when you were here. I am so sorry for your loss, what a sweet, happy, and beautiful Daughter. May God bless her Soul, May she Rest In Peace, and May God bless you and your Family and Friends.

Posted by Omar Perez - Charleston, SC - Friend   February 07, 2020

Our deepest condolences for your entire family. Our daughter was touched so deeply by your daughter, as her teacher at AMHS. Katie's favorite. We met her briefly at the Freshman Carnival. Quickly, I could see why our daughter loved Ms. Snelgrove. All students have mourned her passing all week long.
Prayers to everyone during this difficult time.
Yvette, John DeMaria & Katherine (Katie) Jones

Posted by Yvette DeMaria - Johns Island, SC   February 07, 2020

Our family is wrapping yours in prayers. Such a beautiful daughter is now with the Lord and the heartbreak, well I have know word. Just know that she will be remembered, loved and always be in your hearts. God Blessings

Posted by Joyce Gamm - Wagener, SC - Acquaintance   February 07, 2020

Leigh was an amazing and selfless friend. I will treasure our memories as teenagers growing up in a small town. Theyre filled with lots of laughter, sleepovers, prom, and driving around singing to music as loudly as our car stereos would allow.
Ill continue to pray for peace for her family and friends. I take comfort in knowing she is watching over us all and well see her again one day.

Posted by Margaret O'Connor - Aiken, SC - friend   February 07, 2020

Ms. Snelgrove was one of the kindest people I have ever met and she will always hold a special place in my heart. Ms. Snelgrove, thank you for everything you did for my class and I, you were such an amazing teacher and human being. You sparked my interest in biology, and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you for everything you taught me, whether in biology class or just how to treat others throughout life. You are so loved and missed!

Posted by ella Chapman - Student   February 06, 2020


i will see you in the morning light,
and miss you on those lonely nights.
your voice will be a lovely song;
a tune i'll replay all day long.
i'll try to hang on to your memory:
they way you'd laugh or smile at me.
i can be a little selfish, i know
but this time,
i promise,
i'll let you go

Posted by A friend   February 06, 2020

My deepest condolences for the family. Prayers.

Posted by Donna Stokes - West Columbia, SC   February 06, 2020

Dear Vickie , Von and Beverly

Our deepest and most profound prayers are with each of you. We hope and pray
for Gods hands to be with you each minute of each day . May there be solace that she is with her Father in Heaven

Our love to all
Brian Amy Avery and Tyler Minnick

Posted by Brian Minnick - Marietta, GA - friend   February 06, 2020

My prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Tasha Golston - Columbia, SC   February 06, 2020

Von, Vickie, and Beverly, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your faith bring you strength in the difficult days ahead.

Posted by Lori Vaught - St. Helena Island, SC - friend   February 06, 2020

Vickie, Von, Beverly, Doris, and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this very sad time. I know she will be missed by so many!!


Jamie Johnson Mabry

Posted by Jamie Johnson Mabry - Aiken, SC   February 06, 2020

Ms. Snelgrove, is a completely irreplaceable soul. From her never ending cheerfulness to her incredible determination, there is truly no other person like her. Ms. Snelgrove was my teacher at Academic Magnet and in my entire life I have never and will never, have a better one. She truly made me love learning, and her class was always the very best part of my week. Ms. Snelgrove, you will be dearly missed and never forgotten. We will always love you.

Posted by Bea Wilson    February 06, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the loss of Ms. Snelgrove. I did not know her or the family but I had a sister to pass away with a glioblastoma on October 22, 2019. She was 76. I feel your sorrow. May God be with you all.

Posted by Dreamer McMurray - West Columbia, SC   February 06, 2020

Expressing my heart felt deep sympathy and prayers for family & friends

Posted by Marilyn & Skyler Ericson - Aiken, SC - Friend   February 06, 2020

Leigh touched the heart and mind of my son with her passion for science and her compassion for all her students. He will carry the light of her being with him for the rest of his life. My most heartfelt condolences to your family.

Posted by Toni Gourdie - Charleston, SC - Grandparent   February 06, 2020

I love you Mrs. Snelgrove. You have been more than a teacher for me. Thank you for being an amazing friend and teacher!

Posted by Avantika Naidu - Mount Pleasany, SC   February 06, 2020

I pray that the family will be able to find peace somehow. Sometimes words just do not seem enough. Love from my family to yours.

Posted by GAIL TOOLE - AIKEN, SC   February 06, 2020

May God bless you and hold you close and comfort you with memories of the happy years you shared, and the promise of a glorious reunion one day. Praying for strength for your entire family.

Posted by Carolyn Matthews - Columbia, SC - Family Friend   February 06, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Jeanne Norris - Aiken, SC - Friend   February 06, 2020

Vicki, Von, & family:
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

Posted by Steve Walls - Lexington, SC - Family Friend   February 06, 2020

There is nothing one can do or say in a time such as this, but we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and hearts, John & Lorette (your women's basketball seat mates)

Posted by John & Lorette Hamilton-Robinson - COLUMBIA, SC - Friend   February 06, 2020

I can not find the words to express our sympathy but know we pray that you feel God's loving arms wrapped around you during this difficult time. As you celebrate the life of Leigh know that her love and light will always be with you.

Posted by Bob & Debbie Hiergesell - Richland, WA - friend   February 05, 2020

My heart breaks for the Snelgrove family, friends and students who were close to Leigh. To lose someone so young and vibrant is a tragedy, to lose a child unfathomable. From the comments made here, she was angel called back to heaven for greater work. I wish I had the pleasure of knowing her. May she live on in all those lives she touched. Prayers go out to all affected by her loss. May you gain strength from the love and positivity she manifested.

Posted by Joy Sullivan - West Columbia, SC   February 05, 2020

I'm very sorry to hear of Leigh's passing. May you find comfort knowing that she is no longer suffering. Prayers are with you all.

Posted by Christee Johnson - Windsor, SC - friend   February 05, 2020

Condolences to her family and friends! So terrible to hear of her passing.

Posted by Paul deHolczer    February 05, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are you.

Posted by Dwight and Julia Davis - Batesburg, SC   February 05, 2020

Lynn and I are so sorry to hear about the death of your daughter. We cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow. We attend St. Paul's Lutheran Church and want you to know you are in our prayers. Lynn and Carole Anderson

Posted by Carole Anderson - Aiken, SC   February 05, 2020

Vicki and Von and Beverly, I am heartbroken for you and your family. I know that Leigh had grown into a loving young woman and a great teacher, and she will be greatly missed. Please know we will keep you all in our prayers.

Posted by Susan Elder - Aiken, SC - friend   February 05, 2020

Judge Snelgrove:

You and your family have my heartfelt condolences for your loss. I will keep you and the family in prayer.

Posted by Sharlayne (Bellamy) Donnelly - Columbia, SC - Coworker   February 05, 2020

Leigh was always so kind and full of laughs. She was always down for a good time and I loved our trips to the beach house! Not a mean bone in her body, unless she was throwing around those elbows in basketball. I'm so sorry for your loss and may God be with you during this time.

Posted by Caitlin Skipper - Charlotte, NC - Friend   February 05, 2020

Dear Vicki and family,

I will be praying for your family and friends. Always keep her memories alive in your heart.

Nelle Bonnett Tyler

Posted by Nelle Bonnett Tyler - Williston, SC - Friend   February 05, 2020

I'll always remember Leigh being super positive and always upbeat. She was a beautiful ray of light and always kind and joyous.

Posted by Samone Dicks - NAPERVILLE, IL - Classmate   February 05, 2020


We love Leigh and the entire Snelgrove/Johnson family. Leigh was blessed to be a part of such a wonderful, close-knit family and to be able to share in so many amazing adventures. From Disney World, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Edisto Beach, the Bahamas, Germany, and back, Leigh took advantage of every opportunity to truly live life. She also chose to go into the teaching profession, which is an adventure in and of itself. There is no doubt that she was an inspiration to her students and I bet someone will go into the teaching profession because of Leigh. She will always be remembered for her confidence, perseverance, and strength. May we be fortunate to live half as well as she did.

Love from Arizona!
The Skiles Family
Jean, Matt, Gabe, Alex and Lola

Posted by Jean Skiles - Tucson, AZ - Friend   February 05, 2020

Dear Von and Vickie,
I am very deeply saddened to hear of Leigh's illness and passing. I recall Leigh as an exceptionally bright young lady growing up as Von and I shared so much time together in those years. May God's richest blessings of comfort be yours, Beverly's and your precious family in these most difficult days.
Jim McLeod

Posted by James McLeod - Camden, SC - Family Friend   February 05, 2020

The death of a child through a parents' eyes is one of the most devastating horrors in their lifetime. My heart aches for your pain. A family is forever changed. May the love and closeness of your family give you support in this most difficult of times.

Posted by Mary WILLIAMS (HARMON) - Aiken, SC - friend   February 05, 2020

Posted by George & Tracy Hoshell - North Augusta, SC   February 05, 2020

I am heartbroken over this news. Leigh was a bright and wonderful student in Wofford College's German program. I know that, as a student, she touched the lives of her students, as she did her classmates at Wofford. I will miss her smile. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Leigh will remain forever bright in my memory.

Posted by Kirsten Krick-Aigner - Spartanburg, SC - Teacher   February 05, 2020

I was so sad to hear about Leigh. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I love you all

Posted by Roberta Burkhart - Martinez, GA - family   February 05, 2020

Dear Von and Vicki,
I am sending my love and prayers to you during this tough time.
To lose a child has to be the hardest suffering.
Leigh leaves the beautiful testament of a truly loving person.
This a great tribute to you as parents.
My prayer is for your Peace and comfort in the coming days, and ever.
Fondly, from your old friend, Richard Lacy of Columbia, SC.

Posted by Richard Lacy - Columbia, SC - Friend   February 05, 2020

Words are inadequate at best. My heart goes out to you all. Prayers and love.

Posted by Anne McClearen - Hendersonville, NC - Friend   February 05, 2020

Ms. Snelgrove was one of the happiest and peppiest people I know. She always made our biology honor class fun in the morning. Even after her class, she always greets me in the hallway in the morning and I would sometimes go in to say a quick hello. Ms. Snelgrove was a wonderful teacher and a human being, I really learned a lot from her. She put smiles on everyone's face. I am sorry for your loss, may God bless you all. Rest In Peace Ms. Snelgrove

Posted by Ketin S - Columbia, SC - student   February 05, 2020

Ms. Snelgrove was my daughter's favorite teacher at AMHS. The moment I met her, I could feel her energy and kindness. Our family is so sorry for your loss. She is a beautiful soul.

Posted by Kelli Brown - Chas, SC - Student   February 05, 2020

Dear Snelgrove Family,
As a parent and a teacher, my heart aches for you and the loss of your lovely child and sister. I am sure that there are many others who share this heartbreak. Leigh touched so many lives.
My family and I will have you all in our prayers.b
Jim Sheehan

Posted by Jim Sheehan - Aiken, SC - Acquaintance   February 04, 2020

Mrs. Snelgrove, regardless of how she felt, every day, came into class and was a beacon of positivity, joy, kindness, and general inspiration. Every day, thanks to her, I left school a happier person. She was an amazing teacher, and an even better friend and mentor. She will be missed.

Posted by William T - Student   February 04, 2020

Ma. Snelgrove helped me through a lot. She was more than a teacher to me and she was and will remain to be, one of the greatest people God has let in my life. I am so sorry for your loss. My family and I wish you all peace and will continue to pray for you.

Posted by Niya Sanders - Columbia, SC - Student   February 04, 2020

Ms. Snelgrove was passionate about her work and definitely the best teacher I ever had. I knew her for a relatively short time, but she has made a lasting impact on my life and her memory will continue to inspire me.

Posted by Catherine Santos - North Charleston, SC - Student   February 04, 2020

Leigh was such an amazing person and one of the most genuine people I've ever met. She truly blessed everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. She will forever be missed.

Posted by Allison Watson - North Charleston, SC - Friend   February 04, 2020

My love and prayers are with the family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Bonnie Brisbane - Richmond, TX - Friend   February 04, 2020

Ms. Snelgrove was my Biology teacher at Academic Magnet. I truly cannot put into words the impact that she had not only on me but also on the dozens of other students she taught during her time at Magnet. She was truly one of the best people I have ever met, and she taught me so much more than just Freshman Biology. She taught me how to be more confident in who I am, how to spread kindness whenever possible, how to find joy in all aspects of life, and most importantly, how to be a better person. It is no surprise that her passing has brought my entire school together in mourning. We will cherish her memory for years to come, and we will never forget all that she gave to our school. May she rest in heavenly peace.

Posted by Oliver Abar - Charleston, SC - Student   February 04, 2020

While my son had her as his Biology teacher for a short time this year, he loved her. She engaged students in their learning and pursuit of deeper understanding. We are grateful to have had Miss Snelgrove touch his life. She will be missed.

Posted by Lisa Cuff - Student   February 04, 2020

Leigh must have been an amazing young lady! We send our love and deepest sympathies to her family

Posted by Gail McLain - Aiken, SC - Family Friend   February 04, 2020