You are a braver kinder soul than me, my husband would be whacking its head off while I scream hysterically across the yard. I have an extreme fear of even the tiny ones.
I enjoy the non-poisonous ones too.I can understand fear of snakes, although I do not share it. They do always startle me though, because they lay so still. And reptiles have completely different behaviors than mammals and people - very still, slow (until they aren't), and unblinking.
The main reason I didn't even consider killing him however, is that fox snakes are useful. Their diet is mostly rodents. I like that! I didn't like where he had chosen to live right now though, so I moved him.