James G. Varner Jr.

James G. Varner Jr., 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 29, 2015, at his home in Nashville.

He was born in South Fork, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 9, 1921, to his parents, the late James Grant and Emma Viola (Wingard) Varner Sr. James served as a baker second class with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He married Maude Ann (Shatto) Varner on Sept. 28, 1946, in Mooresville. She preceded him in death on March 1, 1991, after 44 devoted years of marriage.

James was retired from Western Electric in Indianapolis as a screw machine operator and was a 50-year member of the Union Village Masonic Lodge No. 545 in Johnson County. He enjoyed golfing with his friends and woodworking and was an avid reader of anything historical or factual. James was a fan of Lawrence Welk’s music and watching sports on ESPN.

James will be remembered for his great sense of humor.

He is survived by his children, Daniel (Kym) Varner of Clarksville, Jane Varner of Indianapolis and Edward (Beverly) Varner of Nashville; and grandchildren, Marie Zuniga of St. Augustine, Florida, Julie Bagwell of Brunswick, Georgia, Samara Varner of Lafayette, Michelle Varner-Gault of Nashville and Travis Randall of Wisconsin.

James also was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lou Macy.

Mr. Walter Macy will conduct a graveside service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Greenlawn Cemetery in Nashville. Military rites will be presented by the Brown County Honor Guard. Funeral services have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of James to the Arbor Day Foundation, 211 N. 12th St., Lincoln, NE 68508.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Varner family at www.meredith-clark.com.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.