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William Winfield Snouffer, Jr.

William Winfield Snouffer, Jr.

Male 1953 - 2002  (48 years)

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  • Name William Winfield Snouffer  [1, 2
    Suffix Jr. 
    Nickname Bill 
    Born 23 Jun 1953  Guilford Cnty, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Jan 2002  Greensboro, Guilford Cnty, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 8 Jan 2002  Lakeview Memorial Park, Greensboro, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I2416  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2016 

    Father William Winfield Snouffer,   b. 28 May 1924, Greensboro, Guilford Cnty, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1985, Greensboro, Guilford Cnty, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Helen Beatrice Stanley,   b. 14 Mar 1929, Greensboro, Guilford Cnty, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married Y  [2, 4
    Family ID F867  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sue Ann Cousins 
    Married Y  [2, 5
     1. Kourtney Daye Snouffer,   b. Greensboro, Guilford Cnty, NC Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F870  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Obituary, Greensboro [NC] News & Record, p. B5 (7 Jan 2002):
      William Winfield Snouffer Jr., 48, of 3402 Hadham Place, Greensboro, died Jan. 5, 2002, at Moses Cone Hospital, Greensboro.
      "The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday [Jan 8].... Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Park.
      "A native of Guilford County, Mr. Snouffer was born June 23, 1953 to Mrs. Helen Stanley Snouffer and the late William Winfield Snouffer Sr. He was an avid Kung Fu instructor and was a 6th degree black belt. He was part owner of Snouffers Upholstery. He worked as a bodyguard for 10 years, having served clients Billy Joel and The Artist formerly known as Prince.
      "Survivors are his wife, Sue Cousins Snouffer...; daughter, Kourtney Daye Snouffer...; mother, Helen S. Snouffer; sister, Sonji Snouffer Setzer; niece Tammy Setzer; nephews, Kenny Setzer and Jerod Setzer, all of Greensboro.
      "The family will receive friends ... at the home of his mother, Helen S. Snouffer, 3114 N. Church St., Greensboro, N.C. 27405." (See also:; accessed Nov 2009.)

    • Snouffer was involved with cocaine dealers. In 1987 a federal judge in Greensboro, NC, upheld the government's forfeiture of real estate that had been used to facilitate the commission of cocaine possession and dealing. U.S. v. Two Tracts of Real Property...Located in Guilford County, NC, vol. 665, Federal Supplement p. 422 (1987), affirmed (1988). The court found that Mrs. Cynthia Reynolds and "William W. Snouffer" entered into a 14-yr lease agreement and purchase option regarding the property on 2 Nov 1983. In Jan 1985, a government informer came to the property with Mrs. Reynolds' husband who showed the informer a kilo of cocaine. In early Feb, 1985, the informer received a phone call from "Mr. Snouffer [who] warned that the authorities were observing the subject property and that the property needed 'to be cleaned out.'" The informer and Mr. Reynolds continued to process and sell cocaine from the property. Another dealer testified that he had delivered as much as 3 kilos to the house, and had seen Mr. Reynolds with over $70,000 cash. The court found that Mrs. Reynolds knew about some of the transactions, and ordered the property forfeited. There is no discussion in the opinion about Snouffer's financial involvement or losses incurred by the forfeiture.

      The University of N.C., Chapel Hill, has information about this person, at Call # CRBo N87 1976-89 / Reel # 21 / vol # 4 / Page 1046. See,
    • News articles about Snouffer's cocaine dealings and convictions may be found in: Greensboro [NC] News & Record, p. D-3 (7 Feb 1986); Greensboro [NC] News and Record, p. D-1 (18 Apr 1986); and Greensboro [NC] News and Record, p. 34 (14 May 1987).
    • The following article appeared in the Greensboro, NC, News Record (5 Aug 2005):

      Few Snouffers in 'Snouffer Town'
      By Jim Schlosser
      "GREENSBORO -- When students gathered to board school buses at old Jesse Wharton School on Pisgah Church Road, a driver would holler "Snouffer Town Bus now loading."
      "Nearly all the children who jumped aboard were named Snouffer.
      "They lived in what was called "Snouffer Town," a stretch of North Church Street between Charles Street and Denny Road. It was stocked with Snouffers from the 1940s through the 1980s, when numbers began declining. A house fire on July 25 [2005] drove two more Snouffers away, leaving only two.
      "The Snouffer Town's patriarch was George Snouffer (pronounced "snoffer"), who died in 1987 at 94. He came from Baltimore early in the 20th century.... ***
      "In the '30s, George opened an upholstery shop and mattress company in Snouffer Town. The mattress company closed in the 1990s, but the upholstery shop continues under Sonji Snouffer Setzer, a granddaughter of George and his wife, Minnie.
      "George and Minnie raised nine children in a house on Iris Place, just off Church. Not far from where the house stood, neighborhood residents enjoy a small park on land George Snouffer donated to the city. ***
      "The bad times started in 1986, when Charlie Snouffer's nephew, Bill Snouffer Jr., was charged with leading a local cocaine ring. Bill taught kung fu from a Church Street building and was a bodyguard for celebrities who came to the Greensboro Coliseum.
      "Because the Snouffer case implicated several coliseum officials, news coverage of his arrest and trial was extensive. He avoided a possible life sentence by cooperating with authorities. He got 18 years. *** Snouffer served seven years and returned to Church Street. He was killed in a car accident during a snowstorm in 2002. *** "
      (See Http:// [accessed 5 Apr 2006].)

  • Sources 
    1. [S40] Obituary, Anonymous, "Obituary", (William W Snouffer; 10 Aug 1985).

    2. [S89] WFT|, Family Tree Maker, "World Family Tree", (The Learning Company, Inc., Cambridge, MA, and Broderbund Software Co., Novato, CA [Genealogy "Trees" submitted by various contributors (shown by CD vol #, Tree # )] ), v.3, t.5696 (Reliability: 2).

    3. [S40] Obituary, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Wm.W.Snouffer, Jr; 7 Jan 2002).

    4. [S40] Obituary, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Wm.W.Snouffer, Jr) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S40] Obituary, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Wm.W.Snouffer, Jr; 7 Jan 2002) (Reliability: 3).