Frank Martin Varner, Sr.

November 8, 1928October 9, 2020

Frank Martin Varner, Sr., 91, of Staunton passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at Augusta Health.

Born November 8, 1928 in Highland County, he was the son of the late Raymond and Reba (Botkin) Varner.

Frank was a member of The Salvation Army Church, Staunton. He was a U.S. veteran having served his country honorably with the Navy as a Seaman. Prior to retirement, he was employed by the former Crompton Plant in Waynesboro where he was a faithful employee for 35 years. He was an avid bowler whose teammates referred to him by his nickname “Speedy”. In addition to bowling, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking cruises with his family, and enjoying a cup of coffee with his friends at the Staunton Mall. He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, brother, nephew and friend to many.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dolly Varner; son, Frank Varner, Jr.; son-in-law, Ricky Morris; sisters, Violet and Pauline; and brother, Bobby Varner.

Survivors include his two daughters, Sandra Varner Turner and husband, Mark of Evansville, IN, and Tammie Varner Morris of Staunton; someone he considered like a daughter, Jennelle Moran; grandchildren, Markus Lloyd, Kyrstin Morris, Lizzie Turner, Bramwell Turner, and Demearise Lane; great-grandchildren, Damian Lloyd, Gabriel Lloyd, Logan Lloyd, and Tiffany Lane; sisters, Helen McClear of Staunton and Lucille Biby of Staunton; uncles, Delmar Botkin, Delton Botkin, Gary Botkin, and A.J. Botkin and their families; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2020 at The Salvation Army, 1700 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA with Major Sam Hearne officiating.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes of Staunton.

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Dana Botkin

October 10, 2020

Frank was like a second father to me. I always called him Dad. Whenever I saw him he had a smile on his face. Thank you Dad for all the happy memories you gave me and for always treating me like a daughter. You will forever be in my thoughts. I Love you.


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