By: JACK CONWAY Kentucky Attorney General
September 25, 2012
Leonard Thomas “Tom” Varney of Carso, Va., formerly of Hardy Ky., went home to be with the Lord on September 17, 2012, while vacationing in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Tom was a loving son, husband, father, brother and “Poppy” to his three grandchildren, Tanner, Kayson and Nevaeh.
He was born December 11, 1954 to Cecil and Evelyn Varney of Hardy.
He is survived by his wife Tammy Baily Varney; son Daniel and wife Ashley of Matoaca, Va.; his father Cecil Varney of McVeigh, Ky.; sisters Deloras (Clayton) Smith of Milford Mich., and Sharon Hubbard-Spence of Hurricane; brother Terry (Susan) Varney of South Williamson, Ky., as well as a large extended family in Kentucky whom he was affectionately known as “Bimbo.” A very special family member, Pansy Williamson of McVeigh; and his special neighbor, “Momma T” Charlotte Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Woods, and beloved brother Cecil “Junebug” Varney Jr.
He attended the old Hardy Grade School and was a 1972 graduate of Belfry High School. He cherished his memories of growing up at Hardy and the time he spent with family and friends there.
Tom was employed for 34 years with Carter Machinery Inc. Tom would tell you that he met many wonderful people through his job, some of whom became his closest friends.
He was a member of the West End Assembly of God, Richmond, Va. He enjoyed serving the Lord on the “Parking Crew” for many years where he loved volunteering his service during the “Glorious Nights” Christmas Production every year.
He was a lover of old cars, having restored many, and his most recent prize toy is a 1947 Ford two-door coupe. He also riding his Harley where he felt close to the Lord and free of all worries. Tom holds a special ride with his son Daniel to Ocracoke Island as one of his favorites.
Tom was a member of the Richmond Shag Club for over 20 years, and loved every aspect of the dance, where he met many wonderful friends from across the country. He was a competitor having won several competitions, and was inducted into the Virginia Shagger’s Hall of Fame and the Living Legends of Dance.
Funeral Services were held on September 22, at West End Assembly of God with Pastor Bob Laughlin Officiating. Online condolences may be left at www.ealvinsmall.com.