SNEED, Willie Delois

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Last Name
 
SNEED
Given Names
 
Willie Delois
AKA's
 
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
8/1/1919
Age at Death
 
59
Place of Birth
 
East St. Louis, Illinois
Race
 
Black
Gender
 
Male
Religion
 
Family Tree
  Willie Sneed Family Tree
Birth Mother
 
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Partner
 
Clevyee Louise Sneed
Children
 
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Body Identification Number
 
Burial Location
 
Source of Death Information
 
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
 
12/30/1977
Residence (US)
 
Pasadena, California 91103
Residence (JT)
 
Cottage 01
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
Mechanic (PT occupation record); Care home operator and owner
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Government Income
 
Discrepancies
 
Some records say middle name is Delouie; passport name above
Remembrances
 
“Looking for them for 30 years please have their daughter contact me. We love them see message also for Clevyee.” - Penny

“Willie and his wife, Clevyee, 58, were professionals, a close couple and a hard-working team. They did a lot of the heavy lifting in 1976 and 77, serving as temporary operators in rest home after rest home in the Redwood Valley/Ukiah areas, as other Temple members (Beams, Ijames, Swinneys, Swaneys) put them up for sale and departed for Guyana. The Sneeds were helped by Carrie Langston, Annie McGowan, and some other members. The residential care homes were in members' homes, with usually from four to eight guests, most elderly, some for youth with special needs. Most guests had formerly been residents of Mendocino State Hospital, a state mental hospital closed in 1969 by then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan. The Sneeds were praised, with Geraldine Baily and Amanda Fair, for raising $328 at a flea market (Edith Roller's journals for September 1976).Helen Swinney’s care home is being run by the Sneeds (November 1976). A year later, the Sneeds were about to return to SF, since the rest home they were operating in Ukiah had finally be taken over by those who purchased it (November 1977). They were on their way to Guyana the next month. In Jonestown, the Sneeds continued to surpass expectations, and were each praised during a Jonestown community meeting, Willie for working seven and a half hours on his day off, out in the fields; and his wife for starting nursing training (Tape Q 269). What a heartbreaking end to all their valiant efforts. Dear Willie and Clevyee, may you rest in peace, and your memory endure always. You are not forgotten.” - Kathryn (Tropp) Barbour