A celebration of life was held for Dr. Harry Eugene “Sid” Varney, 83, of Columbia, SC at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at the Greenlawn Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Dr. Varney was born on Dec. 22, 1927 in Powell, PA to the late Ira Dean Varney and Marquerite Harris Varney. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina in 1949. Dr. Varney passed away on Nov. 25, 2011.
He played football for UNC and played in two Sugar Bowls. An All-American Baseball player, Dr. Varney received his Ph.D. in 1968 at Duke University. He was head football coach at Elon College from 1953 to 1958 and inducted in 1999 to the Elon College Sports Hall of Fame. Dr. Varney served as the director at USC Florence from 1968 to 1969, the USD Dean of Applied and Professional Services, 1970 to 1994 and also the Dean of Nursing for several years. He received the Order of Palmetto in 1994 and was the former president of the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 63 years, Carmen Satterfield Varney; two sons, Dean W. Varney and wife, Shelby Varney and Kim Varney and wife, Wendy Varney; five grandchildren, Summer, Kasey, Todd, Scott and Taylor Varney; one great-granddaughter, Sophia; a brother, John Varney of Monroeton; a host of other loving relatives and friends that will miss him dearly.
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