Steven Thomas Varner

September 16, 1962February 8, 2013

Steven Thomas Varner entered into this world September 16, 1962 to the parents of Frances Ledbetter Varner and Thomas Franklin Varner a bright and happy child. He bounded through life with a pleasant smile and his warm, outgoing personality – making friends everywhere he went. Steven left this world February 8, 2013 after waging a valiant and courageous battle against a brain tumor and subsequent brain infection.

Calling Cary, NC home for the last 12+ years, Steve is formerly of Ravenswood, WV. He graduated from Ravenswood High School in 1980, joining the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1984. He received his Masters from William & Mary in 1992, and was an employee of Lenovo.

Steven is survived by his mother, Frances Varner of St. Petersburg, FL; his sister, Ellen Marie Varner of Charlotte, NC; and two children, Charles Thomas (“Charlie”), 23, of Pittsboro, NC and Curtis Steven, 20, of Cary, NC.

He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Franklin Varner; his paternal grandmother, Lohr Varner Dyke; and his maternal grandparents, Herman and Darlie Ledbetter.

Steven was a proud member of the German Club at Virginia Tech, an avid golfer and passionate skier. He loved his Hokies and never missed an opportunity to cheer them on. He loved life and lived every day to the fullest. Consistently optimistic and pragmatic, he was a devoted son, father, brother and friend who loved his family and never failed to let them know. A better friend, no one could ask for.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2013 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary, NC.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood, WV.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be presented in his memory to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center @ Duke University Medical Center; Duke Hospice – Hock Family Pavilion; or the charitable donation of your choice.


  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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Jeanne Griffin

February 27, 2013

My deepest sympathies to all of Steve's family and friends and praying for your comfort and strength.

Helen Hemetek

February 23, 2013

Dear Frances,
I am so sorry I was out of town when you called. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know, I know how you feel.
Love Much,

Mary Dittmar

February 21, 2013

Dear Ones,
You are on our minds and in our hearts...... all of Ravenswood cares!!!!
Much Love, Many prayers ,

Mary Dittmar and Family ......
Ravenswood, WV

Barbara Flinn

February 18, 2013

Frances - You have my heartfelt sympathy. It's so sad when a child leaves us ; it's not supposed to be like this. I didn't know Steve but my heart goes out to his family and friends--he will be missed by everyone. May God Bless and Comfort you.

Helene Guilleau

February 15, 2013

I am so sad. Though I only knew Steve from e-mails and sametime messages, I could feel what a wonderful person he was, ever so helpful and generous. My heart goes to his family and friends. I know how greatly he will be missed by everyone.

Terry Elswick Shumaker

February 14, 2013

I am blown away by the news of losing Steve. I couldn't believe it! We were classmates in Ravenswood, WV. Always a great guy and very caring! God blessed us with you Steve! My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends! You will be missed greatly! God Speed!

Scott Ebersole

February 13, 2013

I met Steve through business and we quickly became friends. Steve shared a great perspective on life, he was witty, and he always had great analogies to make people laugh. His smile and laughter was contagious. I have fond memories of laughing while being around Steve. He was a genuine person. I will miss Steve. God Bless him and his family.

Lisa Stefanov Conley

February 13, 2013

I was surprised and deeply saddened to hear of Steve's passing. Steve was a fellow classmate at Ravenswood High School and I was fortunate to have a few classes with him. His bright smile will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Byrum Geisler

February 13, 2013

I was fortunate to be become friends with Steve when we were in the German Club together at Va. Tech. He was always upbeat and hilarious. I am sorry to learn of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Boyer Family

February 13, 2013

Our heartfelt condolences to Charlie and the Varner family. We met Steve through Cary Pop Warner football and IBM. Our boys played football with Charlie. What a great man with an infectious smile. He will be truly missed.