VARNES, MARGARET JOHNSON - age 86, of Knoxville, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2013 in Elizabethton, Tennessee, following a brief illness. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother who dearly loved her family. Mrs. Varnes was a faithful member of West Side Baptist Church for more than fifty years. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of seventy years, James A. Varnes; son, Tommy Varnes; parents, David and Nellie Landreth Johnson; sister, Opal Thomas; brother, Wendell Johnson. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon V. Galyon of Elizabethton; grandchildren and their spouses, Scott and Johnnie Varnes of Knoxville, Christy and Tony Payne of Elizabethton, Heather and Allen Buckley of Elizabethton; great grandchildren, Tayler Payne, Ashlee Payne, and Kailee Buckles all of Elizabethton; special friend, Jerry Hailey; daughter-in-law, Peggy Varnes Gaddis of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, in the chapel of Rose Mortuary officiated by Reverend Josh Greene. Interment will follow in Lynnhurst Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Sunday, prior to the funeral service at the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at www.rosemortuary.com
. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.