Donnie Varnedore
Donnie Varnedore
  • April 3, 1937 - October 7, 2017
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Donnie “Don” Varnedore, 80, of Hot Springs, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 7, 2017 at his home surrounded by loving family. He was born April 3, 1937, in Douglas, Georgia to the late Calvin Augustus Varnedore and Lavarah Adams Berry.

He leaves his son, John Varnedore and his wife Cynthia of Hot Springs; daughter, Barbara Albert of Hot Springs; daughter, Sheila Doty and her husband Steve of North Little Rock, son, Robert Varnedore of Hot Springs; son-in-law, Charles Keathley of North Little Rock; 10 grandchildren, Jason, Celise, Jeffrey, Amberlei, Denise, Christopher, Joshua, Gracie, Adam and Selby. He is also survived by his brothers Max of Fort Meyers, FL and Johnny of Bryant, AR. In addition, he leaves his stepchildren Larry, Michael, Bob, Doug, Tom, Carolyn, Judy and Billy plus very special life long friend Yvonne Fassett.

Donnie is predeceased by his wife Elaine; also by his wife Grace; daughter, Janice; grandson, Kirk; brothers, Carlos, Ray and his sister Diane.

After enlisting in the Army at 16, he proudly served during the Korean War. After his military service, he spent many years in Arkansas as a Transportation Industry Professional. In his spare time, he was President of the Booster Club and Transportation Coordinator for the “Arkansas Diamonds”, a Professional Football team in Little Rock. He was an avid collector of 16mm films especially his beloved Western films and serials like Red Ryder, Black Arrow and Hopalong Cassidy. His amazing in depth knowledge of films led to his selection to run the Film Distribution Department for Kit Parker Films in Monterey, California. He also served as Production Assistant for several films as well. He was fondly known as the “Keeper of the Films”. After retiring to Hot Springs, Arkansas, he became a founding member of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. For many years, his film industry and equipment knowledge were invaluable to the Festival. He shared his passion with friends and family with many a night watching a special old movie in his screening room. He was proud to establish a “Varnedore” Family brick as a founding supporter of the Clinton Presidential Center. He was especially fond of sharing life stories with his children and grandchildren and of course watching the Arkansas Razorbacks and WWE.

He imparted his special brand of wisdom to his children and grandchildren especially his motto TCB or “Take Care of Business”. He taught those close to him to love others, take care of yourself and to be accountable. Long known for his pragmatism and keen sense of humor not much ever got by him without a witty retort. He kept everyone on their toes.

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

A private memorial service was held at his home in Hot Springs, Arkansas for family members.