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ROY P. VARNER Roy P. Varner, 81 of Marietta, died Wednesday, February 9, 2006.Services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 11, 2006, at First United Methodist Church, Marietta, Georgia with Rev. Dr. Sam Matthews, Rev. Sam Storey, Sr. and Rev. Al Turnell officiating. Burial will be private. Roy Palmer Varner grew up during the depression as the son of a Methodist minister, the late Rev. Jesse Lee and Ione Jones Varner. Deeply influenced by his parents, he developed a consuming sense of family, duty and love of country. He moved to Cobb County in 1932 and graduated from Marietta High School. At age 18 he joined the army and aboard the ×Queen Mary× along with 19,300 other American GI's headed for England. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and attended jump school for six weeks and received his wings in April of 1944. He parachuted into Normandy on D-day and participated in the heavy fighting that later became known as ×The Longest Day.× After returning to England to re-group and treatment for injuries sustained during Normandy, on September 17, 1944 he again went into battle with the 101st Airborne to secure one of several key bridges in Holland as part of operation ×Market Garden.× This campaign was later depicted in the movie ×A Bridge too Far.× After the war he returned to Marietta and attended Woodrow Wilson Law School. He did not practice law but found it invaluable in his work as a commercial real estate developer. His first major endeavor was the development of Town & Country Shopping Center-the second major shopping center in Cobb County. He continued commercial developments for the next 40 years including the creation of Cobb County Industrial Park and the McCollum Airport-both of which turned out to be key forces in the growth of Cobb County. Roy was a member of First United Methodist Church of Marietta, the Methodist District Committee of Church Development and the Rotary Club of Marietta. Over the years he was very active in church work, helping expansions of Powers Ferry United Methodist, East Cobb United Methodist and St. Paul United Methodist where he served as lay leader and fundraiser. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Munro Varner of Marietta; two daughters, Suzanne Varner Bennett of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Lee Varner Michael of Americus; two sons, John L. Varner of Atlanta; David L. Varner of Marietta; two sisters, Evelyn Carson of Tampa, Florida; Frances Meek of Woodbury; ten grandchildren, Courtney, Katherine, Haley, Wrenn, Jordan, Chelsea, Paul and Amanda Bennett, Ali Michael and Lauren; several nieces and nephews. Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064 or to the Wellstar School of Nursing, 1000 Chastain Road #1601, Nursing Bldg. #16, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Family will receive friends Friday, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home, Marietta, Georgia and following the service Saturday at First United Methodist Church in the Church Parlor.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 10, 2006
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