Donald Lee Varney passed away on January 19, 2023, at Holston Valley Medical center after a brief illness. He has returned to God the Creator of all.
He was born on August 29, 1951, in Richlands, VA. Don had a distinguished military career with the US Army and received numerous awards and commendations, He retired after more than 20 years of service and attained the rank of First Sergeant E-8. With the 18th Airborne Corp. He had numerous overseas assignments including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Don was very proud of being an Army Veteran, he had a great love of his country. Following his military service, he was a local business owner. He was known for his fun-loving nature and sense of humor. He loved being outdoors, golfing, hunting, fishing, boating, and spending time at Watauga Lake. He loved grilling out and was a lifelong motorcycling enthusiast, enjoying riding his Harley Davidson cycle.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Emil Justus Varney; brother, James David Varney.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 40 years, Mary Handin Varney; devoted sons, Keith Varney of Louisville, KY and Michael Varney of Erwin, TN; much beloved grandchildren, Sterling and Legacy Varney; brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Teresa Varney; uncle, Donald Ray Varney; along with several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and cousins.
A military graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, TN with American Legion Hammond Post #3/#265 conducting the rites. Family and friends who wish to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Pallbearers will be family and friends.
The family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project on behalf of Don.
Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport is serving the Varney family.