James M. Varner
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KANNAPOLIS - James McKinley Varner, 80, of Kannapolis, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013.
Mr. Varner was born on April 9, 1933, in Cabarrus County, a son of the late Matthew and Vertie Castor Varner.
Mr. Varner attended J.W. Cannon High School and was a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
He retired from from AT&T in 1983 as an engineer in the electronic Department and was co-founder of Varner Hauling and Grading.
A member of Kannapolis Church of God, he had served on the church council and was a Sunday School teacher.
Mr. Varner had served on the Board of Directors of Big Elm Nursing Center, was a Boy Scout leader, enjoyed fishing, gardening, hot rod cars and being with family.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Sheeks Varner, who he married July 14, 1951; son Rick Varner and wife Susan of Kannapolis; daughters Pamela Varner Wagoner and husband Barry of Alma, Ga., and Tonya Sheeks of Kannapolis; sisters Frances Godfrey of Kannapolis and Eunice Cook of Kannapolis; grandchildren Kayla Melton of Chapel Hill and Savannah Varner of Kannapolis.
Service: A Celebration of Life will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Kannapolis Church of God by Rev. Sam Crisp, pastor, and Rev. Bill Sheeks.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the church before the service.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kannapolis Church of God, 2211 W. "A" St., Kannapolis, NC 28081.
Online condolences can be made to the Varner family at www.carolinacremation.com.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury is assisting the Varner family.
Published in Salisbury Post on June 15, 2013