October 20, 1968
June 16, 2019
John Neil Varner, 50, of Bassett, Virginia, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, N.C. after a 15 month long courageous battle with colon and pancreatic cancer. Neil fought this battle with grace and dignity and was stoic to the end. He was born on Sunday, October 20, 1968 in Martinsville, Virginia to Joe and Irma Nolen Varner of Bassett.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving family, Gina, Devyn, Caleb and Bryce. Neil is also survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Adam and LaDonna Varner; and niece and nephew, Kendall and Cade Varner. Numerous aunts; uncles; and cousins.
Neil was a 1986 graduate of Bassett High School where he played basketball and tennis and was a member of the marching band, he was a graduate of ECPI University, and the Christian Growth Institute of the Church of the Brethren. Prior to his illness he was the IT Director for the Blue Ridge Regional Library System and part-time pastor for Trinity Church of the Brethren in Daleville, Va. Neil was an avid golfer, a die-hard UNC basketball fan, he enjoyed coaching youth sports teams over the years including softball, baseball, football, and basketball, and most of all Neil enjoyed sharing the gospel and love of Jesus with anyone he came in contact with.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday June 19, 2019 at Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren with Pastors Noel Naff and Mike Varner officiating with burial following in the church cemetery. In keeping with Neil's wishes to celebrate his life, a luncheon will follow the service in the church fellowship hall. Neil asked that we make this a happy time to share and reflect on his life. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Road, Dobson, NC 27017, or to Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren, 144 Mount Hermon Church Road, Bassett, VA 24055.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bassettfuneralservice.com. Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is serving the Varner family.