The Automotive Distribution Network has announced the passing of Michael Sneed, president of Memphis-based Mid-America Parts Distribution Corp., a longtime Network shareholder.
Sneed, 56, passed away Aug. 10, leaving behind his wife of 35 years, Petra Huckaby Sneed; and his two sons, Michael Blair Sneed and Justin Garret Sneed; his mother, Jennie Sneed; sister, Melinda Sneed Sample; and grandchildren, Hadley Jean Sneed and Colin Michael Sneed. Mike’s father, Richard Sneed, preceded him in death.
“Mike Sneed was a natural leader who set examples for others by how he lived his life,” said David Prater, president of the Network. “Mike hit the ground running when Mid-America joined the Network back in 1997, quickly becoming involved in the group, including a term as chairman of our national accounts committee that same year. Mike loved this industry, as he was a true car guy, and his enthusiasm and insightful perspective inspired us all. We already miss Mike. Our hearts go out to his beloved family at this time.”
A loyal member of the Memphis Street Rods car club, Sneed refused to let his deteriorating health slow him down in recent months – literally. In June, he traveled to Wildwood, New Jersey, with Steve Tucker, the Network’s vice president of marketing, to compete in his first-ever Race of Gentlemen, the infamous beach racing event, where he won a first-round matchup despite what he called “wonderfully challenging conditions.”
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in his memory.