Ronald “Ronnie” Lee Varner Sr.

Published 9:10 am Wednesday, July 3, 2024

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Ronald “Ronnie” Lee Varner Sr., 79 of Appomattox, died Saturday, June 29, at his residence. Born in Appomattox, Sept. 14, 1944, he was a son of the late Helen Lucille Baldwin Varner and Herman Anderson Varner.

Ronnie owned and operated Ronnie’s Concrete Finishing for over 50 years. He enjoyed restoring old cars. Ronnie was a member of American Legion Post 104 and the Appomattox Moose Lodge #975.

Ronnie also known as “Sweet Hippie” is survived by his three children: Ronald L. Varner Jr., David R. Varner and Rodney L. Varner; one brother, Herman “Sonny” Varner Jr; two sisters, Marsha V. Ryan and husband, Ned and Carla V. Torrence and husband, James; and numerous nieces and nephews, including a special niece and caregiver, Cheryl R. Goodwin.

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He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Varner; two sisters, Rena Kathryn Varner and Sabina Kay Varner Pollard; and a special niece, Michele Kay Ryan.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, at Antioch United Methodist Church Cemetery with Charlie Brinkley officiating.

The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, at Robinson Funeral Home and other times at the residence of his sister and brother-in-law, Marsha and Ned Ryan.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions please consider St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Hope Shelton for her love and care of Ronnie.

Robinson Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family. An online condolence may be sent by visiting