|Larry and Mary Snead|
March 28, 1943 - August 20, 2018
Lawrence Clem (Larry) Snead, 75, of Oak Island passed away peacefully Monday, August 20, 2018 at his home. Mr. Snead was born March 28, 1943, in Washington, DC, son of the late Clem Preston Snead (1906-1982) and Mary Elizabeth Sutton Snead (1914-1991). He grew up on Main Street in Yanceyville, North Carolina which is located in Caswell County.
Larry graduated from East Carolina University in 1966 where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity and The Pirate Club. He retired from NC Department of Public Safety in 2003. He was the Superintendent of New Hanover Correctional. He was also a member of Oak Island Elks Lodge as well as Captain of Island Riders MS Bike Team. Larry was honored to be a member of Boy Scouts, he was an Eagle Scout, and the recipient of the Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow and The Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2003.
|At East Carolina College|
A memorial service will be at 11:00am, Friday, August 24, 2018 at Oak Island Evangelical Presbyterian Church with Reverend Dr. Walter Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Greater Carolinas Chapter of Bike MS, 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27609
Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.
Snead, in his early 60s, weighed 450 pounds. The doctors said his cholesterol and weight were too high and that he would eventually need knee replacements.
His only form of exercise was the walk from his truck to the Flying Pig Coffee House where he would visit with friends until exhaustion took over. He walked with a cane or crutches, depending on the severity of his pain.
“I knew I needed to do something,” Snead said.
So at the advice of a friend, he went to see chiropractor Karen Fairfield on Dec. 1, 2005. He knew he needed to lose weight, so after Fairfield adjusted his neck, back and knees, he took her advice to write down what he eats and to exercise five minutes a day.
The next day, Snead got on his new stationary bicycle in his bedroom and pedaled for two minutes, took a break, pedaled for two more and used the last minute to cool down.
“I didn’t need a replacement. I needed weight loss and exercise,” he said Saturday after finishing his weight routine in his bedroom that now resembles a small gym.
Snead didn’t need surgery, pills or fad diets. He lost the pounds naturally, through eating right and exercising.
“I’m so proud of him,” Fairfield said. “He really did everything that I asked.”
The biggest challenge, Snead says, is staying consistent with his workouts that include biking for miles, swimming and weight lifting.
“I’m sore a lot,” he said, adding the first six months were brutal on his knees and hips.
But he has adapted well, surpassing his first two goals of losing 100 pounds, then 150. His next goal is to have lost 200 pounds by his 65th birthday in March.
Inspiring an island
Snead’s accomplishment not only has improved his health, but it has also helped others.
“It’s an inspiration to all of us to get in shape and stay in shape,” said Ben Brooks, who joined Snead in the Myrtle Beach bike run. It was his first time riding for more than recreation, and he is already planning for next year.
Rebecca Jones, owner of the Flying Pig, said she has seen more people riding bikes around town than ever before.
“He is all over the island,” she said of Snead, adding people will honk and wave as he rides by.
Jones has been so moved by Snead’s weight loss that she is trying to get him on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Mark Meyer, owner of Suburban Cycles in Oak Island, estimates 50 overweight people have come in wanting to buy a bike, inspired by Snead’s determination.
“He’s my grass-roots marketing campaign,” Meyer said.
There is no shortage of people who support Snead.
Many of them sat outside the Flying Pig on Saturday as a musician sang in the background. As Snead grinned from ear to ear, his friends spoke of a man who inspires and amazes them.
Oak Island Mayor Johnie Vereen said his longtime friend’s spirits have never been higher.
“He’s got a determination like most people don’t have and should have,” Vereen said.
Snead is diligent. He continues to write down every day what he eats and how much he exercises. His massage therapist suggests that he take a day off, but now he’s addicted to the adrenaline-pumping workouts.
And his wife, Mary, couldn’t be happier.
“I feel like he’s extended his life,” she said.
Shelby Sebens: 755-7963
The Island Riders bike group and Oak Island Parks and Recreation are hosting a MS Bike Ride on May 20th at 9 a.m. at Middleton Park. There will be a 10, 20, and 30 - mile ride for all abilities, and the fee is $10 per rider. For more information Larry Snead at (910) 617-9988 or register at the Recreation Center at (910) 278-5518
Oak Island Tribune May 1, 2017
Cleaning Up After Hurricane Fran
By Bill Poston
The night of September 5, Hurricane Fran blew through eastern North Carolina killing 17 people, causing billions of dollars in damage and disrupting people's lives.
Hardest hit were the beaches along the southeast coast, Wilmington and Burgaw.
"Our staff has done a great job," said New Hanover Superintendent Larry Snead. "They've left their families and damaged homes detouring around fallen trees and power lines to come into work. Some have worked double and even triple shifts to make sure the prison operated safely."
The roof of the prison's two-story building that houses inmates and has office space for prison staff was seriously damaged. The inmates were moved into the prison's other dormitories. "Some of our staff live at the beach and haven't been able to return home and may not for weeks,"said Pender Superintendent Jack Turlington. "Others are having to drive hours out of their way around downed trees and power lines just to get to work."
Assistant Superintendent Jim Byrum got to enter his house at North Topsail Beach for the first time five days after the hurricane.
"I got my clothes and my photo albums," Byrum said. "My house is on the sound side of the island where damage was less severe. When we drove onto the island, I looked for landmarks to determine where I was and many of the landmarks weren't there."
With all the damage suffered at home, correction staff maintained safe operation of the prisons. Custody staff from neighboring Craven Correctional Institution worked shifts at Pender allowing officers the chance to tend to damage at home.
"We got the worst side of the storm, the northeast quadrant," Turlington said. "At about 12:30, it was flat out blowing."
Blowing debris busted out several windows, but the prison suffered no damage and no one was hurt. "Its amazing the storm caused so little damage to the prison when you look at the light poles," Assistant Superintendent Randy Futrell said. "There's three inches of open space around each pole where the hurricane winds blew it back and forth."
At nearby Columbus Correctional Institution at Brunswick, the storm blew down trees and power lines but did not damage the prison.
"Trees and limbs were all over the road after the hurricane. About every road was blocked. The intersection of highways 131 and 701 looked like a war zone," said Columbus Superintendent Joel Hunt. "At the prison, we had some gutters loosened and tree limbs to pick up off the yard, but no damage."
The hurricane cut a path from Brunswick County up to the Triangle and then north to the Virginia line.
Fran knocked out Franklin Correctional Center's water supply.
"We couldn't let the inmates shower, but we had adequate drinking water and water for cooking," said Franklin Prison Superintendent Marvin Polk. "We did what we could and I think the inmates saw that and understood it."
The prison was able to get two, 550-gallon water tanks and a nearby fire station helped supply emergency water. Other prisons provided Franklin with bread and ice.
Of the prisons that lost electric service during the hurricane, Franklin was the last to have power restored. The prison lost power during the hurricane Thursday night and it was not restored until Monday evening. During the outage, back-up generators met emergency needs.
"Our employees faced difficult conditions," Polk said. "Many had power outages at home and all faced the same shortage of water."
At Johnston Correctional Center, inmate kitchen workers were put to work baking bread and preparing bag lunches.
"We supplied more than 600 meals to shelters set up at Smithfield-Selma and South Johnston high schools," said Johnston Prison Superintendent Loomis Woodard. "We also sent 1,300 rolls to Franklin Correctional Center two days in a row."
"We wouldn't have been able to provide food to the shelters or bread to Franklin had it not been for Correction Warehouse Manager Donnie Matthews," said Woodard. "The prison was to receive kitchen supplies the day after Fran hit. I called Donnie at home and found him moving family members from a house damaged by the hurricane. Shortly afterwards he was at the prison with the supplies we needed despite the difficult driving conditions and hurricane damage."
"At 1:55 Friday morning, an oak tree four feet in diameter fell on the prison grounds," said Orange Correctional Center Assistant Superintendent Clinton Holt. "It fell on a cable. The cable was connected to the unit radio which was jerked across an office, pulling a sergeant's desk to the window." The officer was unhurt, but the radio was out of commission.
At Central Prison in Raleigh, problems were minimal. Emergency generators supplied power when the electricity went out for several hours.
"We had a lot of employees with trees down on their homes and vehicles and yet they came into work," said Central Prison Warden James French. "They put this place above their families. It takes a special person to do that."
"You can tell these folks care about their job," French said. "They pulled together and put the interest of the state first. Now things are getting back to normal and we're working to give employees the chance to take care of their property."
A few years back I attended the NASCAR Coke 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. I was sitting beside a nice fellow and his daughter. He told me this was her first NASCAR race. I asked where he was from, and we traded stories about various places we had lived. Somehow it got around to my having grown up in Yanceyville, North Carolina. He said he worked in the NC correctional system from someone from Yanceyville. Yes, he had worked for Larry Snead. The man at the race was Danny Cavanaugh.
New Hanover Superintendent Larry Snead. New Hanover Correctional Center is a minimum-custody prison facility housing approximately 380 adult male inmates. It is located on Division Drive in Wilmington. Snead retired in 2003.
The N.C. Department of Correction is assessing what changes need to be made in the Prison Enterprise work program on the Battleship North Carolina after an inmate was charged with assaulting and robbing a tourist on the ship last week.
Larry Snead, superintendent of the New Hanover Correctional Center, submitted a review to the DOC this week and said he expects a decision soon.
Larry Watson, 50, was an inmate at the center conducting janitorial work on the ship when an 86-year-old tourist was attacked and robbed. Mr. Watson was charged with armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury in connection with the attack.
The work program, run by the DOC, has since been suspended, and Mr. Watson has been moved to a more secure prison in Pender County.
“Safety of the public is a priority, and that’s what the assessment will promote,” Mr. Snead said.
Eight inmates were performing janitorial and maintenance tasks on the ship and had limited supervision from four employees there, three of whom were certified by the Department of Correction.
Inmates at the minimum-security prison are serving sentences for a variety of offenses up to and including murder. Many are on the verge of being released into society, so they are required to learn job skills during their stay.
Capt. David Scheu Sr. of the battleship said that while using inmate labor saves lots of money, battleship officials will decide what changes need to be made, or whether to continue to employ inmate labor, what once the DOC study is complete.
The Battleship North Carolina pays $10 a day for the services of each contracted inmate. The inmates in the Prison Enterprise work program make $2.08 for an eight-hour workday.
Capt. Scheu said employees have been performing extra duties to make up for the manpower lost during the suspension of the prisoners’ work program.
Connie Nelson of the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau said the Visitors’ Information Center has not fielded inquiries about the attack last week.
“Seeing as this incident has never presented itself in the 30-plus years the battleship has been moored at the Cape Fear coast, we feel this is an isolated incident - a very unfortunate isolated incident,” she said. “And we regret that it happened.”
Almost half of the prison’s inmates work at the prison in an assortment of jobs including food and janitorial service. The other half are in various work programs offsite, including the Prison Enterprise program, which contracts the eight men at the battleship and about 45 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
At the hospital, the inmates do laundry. They are accompanied by prison guards and are locked in a room, which prevents them from having contact with the public, said hospital public affairs spokesperson Iris Baker.
Mr. Snead said the assault would not have any effect on other work programs.
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By Millard K. Ives
Posted Jun 8, 2001
SEPTEMBER 29, 1995
RALEIGH - Shift work is nothing new for N.C. prison inmates. At the Correction Enterprises duplicating plant in Raleigh, a bus arrives about 3:00 every weekday afternoon with a second shift of inmates and the first shift returns to Wake Correctional Center.
"We have run a second shift of inmate workers for eight to ten years," said Fenway Carmichael, the plant's manager. "Demand for our services continues to grow and we're especially busy providing overnight service for bill printing when the General Assembly is in session."
There are 40 inmates on the first shift at the duplicating plant and 15 on the second shift. The inmates run the plant's copying machines with Enterprise employees checking their work. Inmates also do all the manual labor required such as receiving and storing all paper supplies, assembling booklets or janitorial work.
"At six operations we've added a second shift because of the demand for the products made by inmates," said Les Martin, Correction Enterprises Director. "These jobs teach inmates skills and prepare them for jobs when they leave prison."
Every prison assigns inmates to shift work in the kitchen. At New Hanover Correctional Center at Wilmington, 430 inmates eat breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Two shifts each with 18 inmates prepare meals. The inmates work 4am to noon or noon to 8pm. Each worker is responsible for preparing a portion of the meal or keeping an area of the kitchen or dining hall clean.
"Working shifts prepares inmates for the responsibility and schedules they'll encounter when they get jobs after prison," said New Hanover superintendent Larry Snead. "Learning a work ethic is an important part of their prison work assignment."
John Newman Montgomery, Jr. v. North Carolina Attorney General Larry Snead, Superintendent, 77 F.3d 470 (4th Cir. 1996)
August 26, 1998
Prisons prepared for the storm
AUGUST 26, 1998
RALEIGH — As Hurricane Bonnie approaches North Carolina, prison superintendents along the coast say they are prepared to ride out the storm and are ready to assist with the clean-up effort after the storm subsides.
"We have emergency guidelines to follow, and they are all in place," said Larry Sneed, superintendent of New Hanover Correctional Center in Wilmington, this morning as heavy rain and tropical-force winds were bending trees outside his prison at 45-degree angles. "We’ve made arrangements for food and doubled up on security and management personnel. We’ll make it through, and after the storm comes and goes, we’ll assess our own damage and then send out community work squads to help clean up."
In response to Gov. Hunt declaring a State of Emergency, Correction Secretary Mack Jarvis said the Department of Correction is prepared to use inmates in the Governor’s Community Work Program to help communities clean up after the storm.
"The governor has asked us to do everything we can to help keep our citizens safe and to make preparations for a speedy recovery should Hurricane Bonnie strike the coast," he said. "All communities have to do is ask, and we’ll do what we can to get inmates where they're needed to clear downed trees and debris from neighborhoods and roadways."
Over the past few days, prison superintendents have been busy preparing for Bonnie’s arrival by securing their facilities, making emergency preparations for food and water, fueling vehicles and staffing their facilities with extra security personnel.
Duncan Daughtry, superintendent at Carteret Correctional Center in Newport, said that although his prison had yet to see any effects of the hurricane as of this morning, he is prepared for the worst.
"Everything’s lovely right now, but it looks like we could take a real battering out of this yet," he said. "We’ve been prepared for the past two days with staff working 12-hour shifts. We have all of our Community Work Program crews on standby. Now all we can do is wait."
James Horton, assistant superintendent at the Tyrrell Prison Work Farm near the eastern North Carolina town of Columbia, said the prison work farm has 13 work squads on standby ready to help clean up any damage caused by Hurricane Bonnie.
"If the hurricane does hit and doesn’t do too much damage to our facility, we’ll probably be used as a staging area for work squads coming in from other areas across the state, since we have room available to house the extra inmates," he said. "We’re basically as prepared as we can be."