Varndell Hilliard Thompson

July 15, 1947September 10, 2019

Mrs. Varndell Hilliard Thompson, age 72, of Roswell, Georgia passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Varndell was born on July 15, 1947 in Halifax, North Carolina, a daughter to the late Harry Hilliard and Shirley Mae Hilliard. Mrs. Thompson’s greatest joy came from being a mother to her two children and spending time with her siblings. She was best remembered for her wittiness and wonderful sense of humor. Varndell spent her career as a Quality Analyst with Blue Cross Blue Shield. She moved to the Atlanta area from New Jersey in the early 2000’s to be closer her daughter. Varndell was a wonderful wife, sister, and mother; she will certainly be missed by all who knew and loved her. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her late husband, Ronald Thompson. She is survived by her two children, Ronald Thompson Jr. of Newark, New Jersey, Sylrethia Joy Thompson of Roswell, Georgia, as well as her three siblings, Dorothy Sands, Fletcher Hunter, and Alvin Hilliard. Several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends also survive. Please visit to share memories and leave condolences with the family.


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Khaeer Gulley-Hilliard

September 17, 2019

Dear Auntie,

Thank you for youe unconditobal love throughout the years. As I have gotten older you provided with a peace of mind of mind & heart with your words. You will never be forgotten and the love you showed & expressed will be passed along to the next generations. Though sad, I find strength knowing your still watching over the rest of the family.

L Kurtz

September 15, 2019

She was there for me like a mother, at a time when I seriously needed help. I will be forever grateful. My heartfelt condolences to Joy and Ron.

Anita Anderson ( formerly Hilliard)

September 13, 2019

I am sad to hear that Varndell has passed on. I didn't have a biological Sister and Varndell was the next best thing in the season when my children were young. She was my babies, Adrian, Chris and Akiri's 'Auntie Varndell' 💕. She and her family lived on the 3rd floor and we lived on the 2nd floor of that 3 family house in Irvington, NJ. Great memories of Sunday afternoon conversations with Grandma Shirley and Auntie Varndell! Joy and Ron were like a big sister and brother to my little ones. #PreciousMemories 💕. To Joy and Ron, you have a legacy of Love and compassion to carry on behalf of your Mother, that is who she was and will live on in you two. Love to you always. 'Nita💕'

Warneice Johnson

September 13, 2019

My condolences and prayers to the family. May you find comfort in the arms of the Master.

Adrian Hilliard Graham

September 13, 2019

To add to what my sister Akiri has written, Auntie Varndell had a bigger influence on my life than I ever shared with her, and I regret missing the opportunity to let her know. Yes, she was loving, and also very generous of spirit. Almost 22 years ago when I was having a crisis of faith, she asked me one simple question that has guided me ever since. It was something like, “Don’t you know that you need weekly spiritual sustenance?” I did know, but I didn’t know where to find it. Auntie Varndell and I did not share a faith tradition, but she helped to guide me on my path and restored my own faith to me with that simple question, and for that I will be forever grateful. I am missing her deeply, and sad about all the rich conversations I was planning to have with her whenever I would get around to visiting her in Georgia. I will cherish you, Auntie, in my heart. Sending my love to both my cousins, Ron and Joy.

Akiri Hilliard Collins

September 13, 2019

My Auntie is one of the positive influences in my life! I remember her as always being very kind and loving throughout my childhood. We could just sit around her livingroom and talk for hours about everything. She would tell me stories about my grandmother. Auntie Varndell came to every graduation and was just very family oriented and loving. She was always available to watch me and my brothers and would give us books to read. I thank God for my aunt because she truly valued family and always made me feel loved. My condolences to my cousins Ron and Joy. I love you both!