Meet L.J.

L.J. Fairless
4th Generation Owner

Born and raised in South Charleston, L.J. moved to Pt. Pleasant in 1980 with his father, during his senior year in high school. After graduation, he received a scholarship in speech and debate at Marshall University, where he majored in speech broadcasting and marketing. Upon completing his education at Marshall, he started his career in broadcasting at a local radio station in Charleston. Although he loved the broadcasting field, an opportunity presented itself and L.J. soon began working in the family business. He was named president of Snodgrass Funeral Home in 1992, and after the deaths of his grandmother and mother in 1995, he became owner and operator in 1996.

L.J. is married to Lia DiTrapano Fairless and they have two children, Ben and Francesca, and their two dogs, Roma and Winston. He enjoys traveling, playing golf, skiing, gardening, reading and, most of all, spending time with his family and friends. In the past, you might recall seeing L.J. as a co-host and emcee for television broadcasts of the Armed Forces Day Parade and Christmas Parade in South Charleston.

Service has always been first and foremost in the Snodgrass family, and with more than 30 years in this profession, L.J. inherited the a tradition of giving back to his community. He loves the Kanawha Valley and is very proud to be actively involved in a leadership capacity for a variety of civic and community organizations.

Current & Past Board Involvement

  • FestivALL Board of Directors – President
  • South Charleston Police Commissioner
  • TIF Board of Directors for South Charleston Development Project
  • Thomas Health System Board of Directors
  • Faith in Action Board of Directors
  • Numerous Committee Memberships
  • Acting Chairman for Many Events
  • Member of the South Charleston Rotary Club – Past President
  • South Charleston Area Development Corporation – Past President
  • Kanawha Country Club – Past President
  • South Charleston Chamber of Commerce – Past Board of Directors Officer
  • WesBanco – Past Advisory Board of Directors
  • South Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau – Past Board Member
  • South Charleston Area Community Advisory Panel – Past Board Member at the Tech Park
  • St. Albans Renaissance Board of Directors – Past Board Member
  • The Foundation for Thomas Health – Board of Directors
  • Education Alliance Business Partner for Richmond Elementary School

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