OBITUARY

Don and Marjorie Varnadoe

Passed away on September 25, 2021
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Donald Shaw Varnadoe, 74, and his beloved wife Marjorie Pitman Varnadoe, 72, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 25, 2021. During the 45 years they resided on St. Simons Island, Don and Margie were extremely active in their local community and shared a common desire to do good by others. Don and Margie were fervent believers in the Lord Christ and had many strong ties to the Christian community. They were faithful members of St. Simons United Methodist Church, but also served in fellowship throughout the years at St. Simons First Baptist Church as well as Frederica Baptist Church. Don was born in 1947 in Doerun, Georgia to parents James “Junior” Varnadoe and Margaret Hatcher Varnadoe. After graduating high school from Doerun High School, Don attended ABAC College before transferring to the University of Georgia where he proudly graduated with a degree in food technology. After working many years for Beech Nut Baby Food and Sea Pak, Don found his true career passion in real estate. Throughout his 40 years working in real estate in the Golden Isles, he was accoladed with many awards. However, the true prizes for Don were the life-long friendships he made with his clients, coworkers and neighbors. Don was well known for always asking, “How can I help?” And help he did! He served the Glynn County School Board, the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Equalization, the Rotary Club, the Board of Directors for the Katz-Whittle Foundation, along with countless other organizations. Don was preceded in death by both parents.

Margie was born in 1949 to Frank Alfred Pitman and Alva Score Pitman, in Auburn, NY. After many wonderful years being raised in Skaneateles, NY, Margie graduated from Skaneateles High School before attending SUNY at Oneonta, where she earned a degree in Biology. Margie then went on to earn both a master’s degree and doctorate degree from Georgia Southern University. As an educator, Margie served students in New York and Georgia. She served as a teacher, an education specialist, an assistant principal and concluded her career as assistant superintendent of human resources for the Glynn County School System. Margie’s love of learning never ceased. Even after receiving the highest of degrees, she still needed opportunities to grow. Margie became a licensed yoga instructor and taught classes until her untimely death. She was also an avid traveler and shared many wonderful trips with her friends and family. Her beloved core, known as the Ya-Ya group, traveled far and wide and spent many wonderful memories together celebrating friendships. Margie is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Gail Pitman Yaus. Margie and Don felt their biggest accomplishment on Earth was raising family. They spent their life showering loved ones with time and gratitude. Ball fields, dinner tables, school performances, baking lessons, and genuine family time were the loves of their lives. Our family takes comfort knowing that they are at peace with the Lord. They are survived by their son Jason Neil Varnadoe (Millie), grandson Fisher Shaw Varnadoe, dearly loved brother to Don, Larry Varnadoe.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. Simons Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity or St Simons Public Library.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 1, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 2, 2021

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Don and Marjorie Varnadoe

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Hayden Hilke

October 7, 2021

So sorry for your loss, Jason and family. Your parents were so kind. Keeping you in my thoughts. Much love, Hayden

Bonnie Sue Bacon and Jim Clayton

October 4, 2021

So sorry to hear about my old friend Don and his wife. I remember Don from Doerun, Ga. and seeing him at UGA. I was delighted to see him in St. Simons on Bruce Street when I rented the house next door. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bonnie Sue and Jimmy Clayton
Moultrie, Ga.

Lewis & Arlene May

October 3, 2021

Jason & family,
Sending prayers and sympathy for your loss.
May God bless you and family as you move forward.

Lewis & Arlene May

Candace Vaughn

October 2, 2021

I met Dr. Varnadoe when I began my teaching career about 13 years ago. She was the Director of Human Resources and welcomed me to the school system. She was warm and very pleasant. She told me not to hesitate to reach out if I needed anything. As a brand new teacher I greatly appreciated that. I pray that her family finds comfort and strength in the Lord during this time.

Joshlyn Chester

October 1, 2021

I will always remember the both of them from visiting Mr. Don brother Larry Varnadoe he was one beautiful man in and out always had a nice kind word to say, he would always ask may I help you and the smile. I know the lord don’t make mistakes and he took 2 beautiful people but to be absent from the body is to be present with the lord and I don’t doubt one moment that these 2 are wrapped in the arms of Jesus but y’all will be truly missed. Send my love and gratitude to his Son and family and brother.

Betsy Rosser

October 1, 2021

For us in the small town of Skaneateles, NY, we have lost a treasure. Margie always remembered to come home....to see her Dad, cousins, and her 50th high school reunion. Margie was one of the nicest people as you all know....she had a sense of humor and always had a smile on her face. I am sad to know I won't see her at the next reunion and be able to catch up on her latest adventure. My sympathies to her family, friends....may she and Don rest in peace.

Margy Jones Wagner

October 1, 2021

I have know the Varnadoe for a long. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Linda Stanfield

October 1, 2021

I've known Don and Margie for years when they were members of First Baptist and then Frederica Baptist on St. Simons. They were 2 of the most caring individuals you would ever meet. I really got to know Don more when he was visiting his brother at Magnolia Manor. He was dedicated to caring and visiting his brother everyday. He and Margie will be missed in our community. My condolences to the family. They should be proud of the legacy their parents left all of us.

Glenn Hester

September 30, 2021

I am so saddened to hear of these two great people's tragic demise. My thoughts and prayers are with the family left behind. I only met Don a couple of times but knew Marjorie when I instructed the DARE Program at the county schools.

Our loss is Heaven's gain. May the both RIP with our Lord and all the Angels and Saints.

Mary Gress

September 30, 2021

Margie and Don Varnadoe were among the very nicest people whom I have ever known. Oh, I wish that I had thanked them many times over. Don was my real estate agent when I moved upon retirement to St. Simons in 2007. When my buyer's mortgage was disapproved the day before settlement, Don cared for my new home all summer, cutting roses a big chore in this heat. Margie invited me to parties and introduced me to her friends. Such a wonderful couple! My condolences to the family. May God be with you and comfort you.

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