Allie Ray “Little Hook” Varnell Jr., 88, of Lookout Mountain, Ga., died today, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. He was a Korean War-era veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. After serving his country he began civilian duty in the truck-leasing business from which he later retired. Mr. Varnell was a member of Battlefield Baptist Church and was awarded the Deacon Emeritus award.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Carol Mayhall Varnell; parents, Allie R. Varnell Sr. and Estell Belcher Varnell; daughter Pamela Varnell Ferguson; sister Peggy Spearman; sister Joyce Long; and brother Morris Varnell.
Surviving include his daughter Mendy (Jeff) Varnell Rogers of Lookout Mountain, Ga.; son Greg Varnell Sr. of Sand Mountain, Ga.; grandchildren Chris (Chasity) Ashby, Matthew Ferguson, Greg (Kim) Varnell, Jr., Mitchell (Shana) Varnell, Brandon Varnell, Laura (Justin) Boatner and Summer Rogers; eight great-grandchildren and two special great-granddaughters Elleena and Reyna “Smiley”; brother Roger (Elwanda) Varnell of Austin, Texas; andseveral nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, in the chapel with Pastor David Crane officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday at Ryan Funeral Home, Trenton, Ga.
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