July 4, 1963 ~ December 11, 2021

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Charlie, 58, passed away at his home in Asheville on Saturday, December 11th after suffering a long illness.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, father, Lewis Donald Varner, sister, Charlene Varner Davis and brother, Kenneth D. Varner.

He is survived by his mother, Josette Pequignot Williamson; sisters, Mary C. Varner and Kim Varner Fulmer; nieces, Carla Johnson Newsome, Stephanie Varner, YNC (USCG) Danielle Fulmer Martinez, and MA2 (USN) Kara Newsome; nephews, Ken Varner, Jean-Paul Varner, Christopher Varner and Dylan Newsome. Also his beloved fur babies Fern, Cheeto, Chloe and Pearl.

Charlie was quite the flirt and a jokester. With his humor, he easily made friends wherever he went. He was very proud of his nieces who are serving in the US Military.

In honor of his request, there will no services and his body will be donated for scientific study.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to his caregivers with Care Partners Hospice.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Here’s a couple of Charlie stories; When he was admitted to Stonecreek, the social worker came to his room (shared room) and asked if he was Mr. Varner, he said “No” and watched her leave the room. She searched everywhere for him, when she came back, they had a good laugh.

    I called his nurse to check on him, she asked what name he preferred to be called, when I told her “Charlie” she said “oh, I was wondering because when I asked him, he told me ‘Major’”. 😂 Later when I asked him about it, he said “it was all I could think of”. We got a good laugh out of that one.

    You’ll be missed big brother! RIP ❤️💔

  2. I was fortunate to have Charlie Varner around when I was a kid. Just His presence would put a smile on your face knowing the good times that you were about to have. Charlie was His own man– Uncompromising in a world of compromised principle. This, and His sense of humor made Him special. We remember Him because His time with us affected our lives in a positive way. It seems that He is gone too soon, but if it were up to us to decide when to leave this world– No amount of time would be enough. It would be a burden to decide. This is God’s mercy– That He decides when to call us back to Him. We can’t fully understand it and so we must have faith: His spirit that was reflected and made manifest in Charlie will guide and comfort us. Did you know that even today–Scientists cannot explain the origin of electricity? It’s power will eventually break down whatever medium (like wiring that is carrying it). So it is with the Spirit of God and Life in us: Charlie’s larger than life personality is evidence of this and reflects the spirit in Him. I, along with my wife Kathy, our children Maverick and Maizy and my mother Glenda, and sister Malissa wish all of you peace and blessings.


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