William Lewis "Trey" Varner

February 26, 1992May 14, 2013
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Trey Varner of Texarkana, Arkansas, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, along with his beloved friend, Rachel Swetnam of Grove, Oklahoma. Both were students at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Trey graduated from Arkansas High School in 2010 where he was involved in many activities including being the Razorback mascot.

He was an Eagle Scout and a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church Texarkana, Arkansas. Trey was also an accomplished pianist. His favorite activity was spending time with many friends and his family.

He was an avid Razorback fan who loved tailgating and was constantly surrounded by his many friends. It has been said that “everybody knows Trey Varner” and he was certainly loved by all who knew him. Trey had an infectious laugh and a magnetic personality. If you were lucky enough to have met him, you would never forget it. He will be forever missed.

Trey is survived by his parents Bill and Sandy Varner. He had a special bond with his Nanny and Poppy, Joyce and Bill Varner Sr., and was the center of their world. Other relatives include his maternal grandmother Jo Burnett; great aunt and uncle Tommy and Carrie Galloway; aunts and uncles Donna Burnett, Mary Jo and Danny Spicer, Robert Burnett, Cathy and Wayne Morrow; cousins Eddie and Farrah Spicer, Mandy Spicer, Joseph and Holly Morrow, Bradley Burnett, Greg Wright, Michael Morrow, Chelsea Wright, Curt and Leah Galloway, and Corrie Flora, as well as numerous others and too many special friends to mention.

Memorial service will be 3 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, Texarkana, AR with Rev. Bruce Bennett and Rev. Vida Williams officiating. Visitation will follow in the Cabe Center at First United Methodist Church, AR. Services are under the direction of East Funeral Home - Downtown.

Memorials may be made to the Temple Memorial Rehab Center, 1315 Walnut St., Texarkana, TX 75503; First United Methodist Church, 400 E. 6th St., Texarkana, AR 71854; or Arkansas Women for Education Scholarship Fund, 4803 Jefferson Ave., Texarkana, AR 71854.

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William Lewis "Trey" Varner

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Gary Adams

May 22, 2013

Sandy, I am so sorry to hear about Trey. Although I never met your son, I had read enough about your love for him on Facebook to know what a wonderful and sweet blessing he was in your life. You are in my prayers. Gary Adams

Lisa & Russell Wilkins

May 21, 2013

Our prayers are with you all. We have no words sufficient to ease your pain, just trust that God is sufficient.

lajerrica fuller

May 21, 2013

Trey was the funniest and friendly person i have ever met in high school!i remember when we use have our pep rallies back in 010 and Trey would wear dat Razorback mascot uniform so proudly and represent class of 2010!my prayers and heart goes out his family and friends. Trey varner is a another name dat we will never forget of 2010

Suzanne Voltz

May 21, 2013

I did not know your beloved son, Trey, nor do I know you, his family; however, I have had a strong urge to send you my heartfelt condolences. I read about the accident in the paper, and I thought that it was so tragic. I recently lost my mom, I was at East Memorial Gardens last Sunday replacing the fresh flowers in her vase on her headstone, and I noticed the green East tent across the way. It crossed my mind that Trey might be resting there. There were so many beautiful flowers. I seemed to be drawn over there to check it out. I found his marker, and it was him, as I had suspected. I stood there for quite a while and thought about what his family has had to endure. I am praying for God to wrap his arms around you to pull you through this horrific pain of your loss of an only child. I cannot fathom what you're experiencing at this time. My heart breaks for you.....
With my heartfelt sympathy, Suzanne Voltz (Midland, Texas)

Juanya Nailon

May 20, 2013

I'm so fortunate to have met such an energetic, funny, & loving person such as Trey. We've been friends since Trice and it saddens me to have to say goodbye, but I understand that it is all apart of Gods perfect will. I'll always remember his beautiful smile and laugh that could brighten up anybody's day. I love you sooo much Trey Varner. Forever and always

May 20, 2013

To Sandy and all of your family members--My sincere deepest sympathy on the loss of Trey... Lisa Smith Ridgeway (Rockwall, Tx)

Renee, Jessica, and Kacy McGough

May 20, 2013

We just learned today of Trey's passing and were saddened by the news. We will fondly remember the Jr. weeks the kids all spent together and the years Trey and Jessica spent together in elementary school. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

Jennifer Cullipher

May 19, 2013

Bill, Sandy, and the Varner Family - There are no words to express the deep sorrow our hearts have for your loss. May God wrap you in his Almighty arms for peace, comfort and guidance today and for the days to come.

Jennifer and Ken Cullipher and Family

Brittany Downs

May 19, 2013

I did not know Trey, but my deepest regards go out to his family

Tina Babb

May 19, 2013

Your family is in the thoughts and prayers of myself and the F&B Staff of TCC. May God bring you comfort during this difficult time.