Betty Varner was born in Allenhurst, GA in 1926, the youngest of nine children, all girls.
She grew up in Union, SC, and moved to Atlanta in 1944 to work. The following year, she met, fell in love with, and married Jim Varner, who had just returned home to Atlanta from 4 years of service in WWII. They settled in the Briarcliff community of north DeKalb County where they raised their two sons, Paul and Steve. Betty passed away on December 31, 2019 at the Satellite Blvd. location of Autumn Leaves Memory Care (now Peachtree Villas at Suwanee), where she was skillfully and lovingly cared for during her final two years of life. She was 93 years old.
Betty was preceded in death in 1994 by her husband, Jim. They enjoyed 49 wonderful years together. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Homer & Gertrude Barrow of Union, SC and by her eight sisters and their husbands.
Betty is survived by her two sons and their spouses, Paul & Sue Varner of Jacksonville, FL, and Steve & Nancy Varner of Atlanta. She is also survived by six grandchildren and their spouses, and by eight great-grandchildren.
The great defining moment of Betty’s life occurred on August 17, 1960 when at age 34 she received Jesus Christ as her Savior, and was wonderfully born again. Her great passions for the rest of life were her family, her personal walk with Jesus, studying the Bible, and sharing the gospel with others. God used her life and witness to touch the lives of many others for Christ. Over the years she was an active member of several NE Atlanta congregations including Peachtree Baptist, First Alliance, Fellowship Bible, Grace Fellowship, Glover Baptist, and One Heart Church. She was greatly blessed by the fellowship and ministries of each one.
Betty’s memorial service will be held Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 4:30 PM at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Pastor Ron Swift of One Heart Church will officiate the service.
In lieu of flowers, Betty’s sons suggest you give a special offering to the faith-based ministry or missionary outreach of your choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.billheadfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, (770) 476-2535.