OBITUARY: Sally Jones Snow Wall

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Sally Jones Snow Wall, age 84, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, October 26, 2023, after a lengthy period of declining health.

Born September 8, 1939, to the late John Claude Jones Sr. and Sarah Randolph Jones,

Sally is survived by daughter, Beth O’Brien (Jim); son, Randy Snow; her sister, Carolyn Cook (Jack); her brother, Beverly Jones. She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Snow, her second husband, Howard D. Wall, and brother, John C. Jones Jr.

Sally also leaves behind, her granddaughter, Alice O’Brien Caudill (Ben); a grandson, Cameron Snow; two great-grandchildren, George Murfree Caudill and Max James Caudill; her nephew, John C. Jones III (Tracy) their children, Jack, Pruitt, Liza Jane, Mary Margaret, and niece Scarlett Jones.

A life-long resident of Rutherford County, Sally graduated from Murfreesboro Central High School in 1957. She later attended business school in Nashville for typing and shorthand. Sally’s first job was at Goodall Clinic in Smyrna, and later she worked at the VA Hospital, where she had to pass a Civil Service Typing Exam.

In true Sally fashion, and a sign of her later meteoric rise to success in real estate, she recorded the highest words-per-minute typed by any previous applicant in Middle Tennessee. She clearly became a pace-setter early.

In 1972, she obtained her real estate license and worked with her brother, Johnny Jones, at The Jones Company. Sally was quite the saleswoman, always aggressively pursuing leads and listings. She built a reputation as a go-getter and a winner, quickly adding to her network of friends, colleagues, and professionals.

First widowed at the age of 40, she continued to show she not only worked hard, but worked smart as well. She was keen in discernment, strong in spirit, and became an inspiration to local women in business. Early on, Sally demonstrated a strong determination to succeed—a “never-say-die” will as strong as steel. This unwavering pursuit of her goals would later be marked by a driving theme: “If I can’t find a way, I will make a way!” Like her mother, Sarah, whatever the task or goal, Sally was “the glue” that held everything and everyone together!

A real Tennessee trailblazer, in 1980, Sally became the first woman in Rutherford County to own and operate a real estate brokerage firm, Sally Snow Realty.

In 1982, Sally partnered with Howard D. Wall to form Snow and Wall Realtors and in 1983 they married. She and Howard became an energized, dynamic team, well suited for each other, and they were named CoBusiness Persons of the Year by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce in 1992.

As a more public person now, and loving fashion, Sally Snow soon became a foot-wear icon, fondly remembered for her high heels, no matter the Middle Tennessee rocky, hilly terrain. In time, Sally Snow Wall would trot the globe in colorful spikes! And would leave footprints not only in Middle Tennessee but also in the Middle East, and other foreign lands.

Having opted early (with necessity’s help) to forego college and enter the business world, Sally Snow Wall became a Self-Educated Business Woman, showing us that learning and growing are lifelong pursuits. Sally read voraciously, created diverse interests that were wide-ranging, varied, and adventurous.

She enjoyed history, art, antiques, and travel—to Alaska, the Holy Land (where she daunted to ride a camel), visited various Caribbean islands, toured Italy, France, Russia, Spain… but her favorite place was London, England. Sally was particularly intrigued with the British Monarchy and a great admirer of Winston Churchill.

Along her journey, Sally developed an impressive network of successful businesswomen and leaders. Her lovely home is ample evidence that Sally Snow Wall was a part of all that she had met.

For decades, Sally and Howard graciously opened their Middle Tennessee home to the community for the benefit of numerous charities, organizations, and groups: Oaklands Historic House Museum, the Murfreesboro Symphony, and many, many Republican political candidates.

While Sally Snow Wall was not a “joiner– never sought public office nor official leadership roles in community organizations and groups—she indeed was an “influencer”! A Difference Maker! Sally was also active in the Colonel Hardy Murfree Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She and Howard were members of the Middle Tennessee Baptist Church.

Strong believers in quality education, Sally and Howard were longstanding, avid supporters of Black Fox Elementary School. Sally and Howard’s contribution to Black Fox Elementary is well documented in the school’s halls, walls, and offices.

Over the years, Sally and Howard liberally supported the new school, with financial donations. buying school and teaching supplies, and opening their home to the faculty and students. They offered their lovely home and pool to students and staff for get-togethers and special celebrations.

Sally and Howard were also gracious hosts to community group fundraisers, with visitors like actor James Earl Jones, singer Helen Reddy (“I am Woman!”,) and Presidential Candidate Senator Bob Dole. Her impressive rise to success in real estate notwithstanding, Sally Snow Wall never abandoned her roots in Walter Hill, nor forgot those hardworking people she knew, grew up with, and loved.

Sally’s genuine kindness and bounteous charity reached one family after another. Folks in need felt they could count on Sally Snow Wall! She and Howard were known to be the “friends indeed of those in need!” Her love and compassion for helping citizens of Rutherford County were felt far and wide.

Sally Snow Wall left her mark on Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Middle Tennessee and beyond. Her love, compassion, generosity, and quick wit will continue to live long in all those she touched.

The funeral will be held at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home, on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Visitation with family 10 am – 11:30 am Funeral 11:30 am. Burial to follow at Wards Grove Cemetery.

Please leave online condolences for the family at www.jenningsandayers.com Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home, 820 South Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN. 37130. 615-893-2422.

 

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