Mrs. Adena Ketchersid
Varner, at age 96 years, went home to be with her Lord on June 24, 2009.
Adena Varner was born Feb. 2, 1913. A native of Soddy-Daisy, she had
lived in Red Bank since the early 1940s. She attended Daisy High School
and the University of Chattanooga, where she majored in elementary
education and music.
Mrs. Varner taught in the Hamilton County school system for 38 years,
working many years at Red Bank and Alpine Crest Elementary Schools. Mrs.
Varner also served as home bound teacher to ill or disabled children
unable to attend regular classes. Mrs. Varner was a beloved teacher who
loved the children in her care, many of whom kept in contact with her
well into their adult years.
Mrs. Varner was the widow of Warren C. Varner. Mr. and Mrs. Varner met
in elementary school, became childhood sweethearts and were married for
over 60 years. The Varners were long time members of Red Bank Baptist
Church, where they served in various ministries. Mrs. Varner was an
accomplished pianist and she continued playing her hymns and music until
the very end of her life.
Mrs. Varner was preceded in death by her parents, E.B. Ketchersid and
Flora Summers Ketchersid; as well as by her brother, Bennett Ketchersid;
and a niece, Barbara Ketchersid Albert.
Survivors include her sister, Betty Edwards (Leo); nieces, Diane
Tillison (Howard) and Donna Needham (Mitchell); great-nieces and
nephews, Lauren and David Barker and Grant and Alex Needham;
great-niece, Karen Chandler; great-nephew, Mitchell Albert; as well as
Linda Farr (John) who was much like a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Varner.
In her later years as her health declined, Mrs. Varner was able to
remain in her home due to the faithful friendship and care of Frances
Ledford, Lisa McCurry and Katherine "Kay" Roark. Mrs. Varner had many
loving friends, including Jane Plumlee and extended family members who
will miss her. The family would like to express their appreciation to
Dr. Wayne Scott and Hospice of Chattanooga for their assistance and
compassionate care of Mrs. Varner.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Lane Funeral Home,
Coulter Chapel with Rev. Bert Jones and Charles DuPree officiating.
Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Red Bank Baptist Church or Hospice
to send condolences.
Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601