Edgar Snelson


Edgar Snelson, of Granbury, passed away Nov. 18, 2012 at home surrounded by family.

Born in his home in Fort Worth on May 8, 1928, Edgar graduated from Arlington Heights High School at the age of 14, earned his private pilot’s license at the age of 15 and graduated from John Brown University at the age of 17. Edgar then enlisted for a two-year tour in the Marine Corps.

Edgar married Betty Fincher of Camden, Arkansas on March 6, 1954 and had three daughters. Edgar enjoyed flying for over 50 years taking the family hunting, fishing, traveling and showing Arabian horses from their farm, Stroud’s Creek Estates.

In 1957 Edgar founded Snelson Oilfield Lighting, an international company specializing in electrical equipment for drilling rigs, offshore platforms and marine vessels. He later founded Mold Makers, Inc. in 1967, a manufacturing company of high production plastic injection molds.

Edgar was the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Southwest Christian School where a multi-purpose building was named for Edgar and Betty. Further, Edgar was a board member of Summit Bancshares and later named Board Member Emeritus upon his resignation from both institutions.

Edgar and Betty were charter members of the Petroleum Club, and members of Southside Church of Christ, Colonial Country Club, Century II Club, Fort Worth Club and various TCU Horned Frog clubs where he was a loyal season ticket holder and donor.

Edgar is survived by his wife of 58 years. Edgar has three daughters, Jill Shaw and husband Monty, Galey Tucker and husband Will and Lea Robinson and husband Kerry. Edgar has eight grandchildren, Kristen Ballard, Hunter Tucker, Caitlin Shaw, Cortlen Edgar Robinson, Dillon Tucker, Drake Robinson, Sydney Shaw and Tate Robinson. Great-grandchildren include Walker and Lucy Ballard.

In respect of Edgar’s wishes, a private celebration of his life was held by family members.