Bobby Eugene Varnell

July 9, 1925 - December 5, 2018


Bobby Eugene Varnell, age 93, of Mena, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 5, 2018 in Beebe, Arkansas. He was born on Thursday, July 9, 1925 to James and Ida Mae Mosley Varnell in Brightwater, Arkansas. 

Bobby served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged. Bobby loved his family and spending time with them. He attended and was a member of the Bible Believer's Baptist Church in Mena and served as a deacon for many years. Bobby enjoyed the outdoors and all it had to offer; hunting, fishing and raising a garden. A few years ago he raised a 110 pound watermelon from his garden. Bobby also was a heavy equipment mechanic and owned and operated Mechanic Will Travel. Bobby was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Dale Varnell, Pearce Varnell, Robert Varnell and Everett, Varnell and two sisters, Effa Mae Blaylock and Mary Jo Foster. 

Bobby is survived by his wife of 70 years, Melva Varnell of Mena; one daughter, Beverly Varnell of San Diego, California; one grandson and wife, Namid and Lisa Varnell of Beebe, Arkansas; four great grandchildren, Ethan Varnell, Zack Varnell, Sabrina Varnell and Jessica Varnell all of Beebe; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Jerry Musgrove officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park. No visitation is planned. Services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. 

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