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Remembrance Mortuary Services Pause at This Time to Pay Tribute to The Varnado Family. Our Words May Not Suffice to Express the Heartfelt Sorrow That We Share with You During This Difficult Moment. May Your Family Forever Remain Strong Together and Share in The Journey to Finding Peace After This Difficult Loss.
The patriarch of this family has begun his rest. In these extraordinary times we ask that family and friends say a prayer as the family and friends deal with this tragic loss. Let us unite ourselves in love and spirituality to celebrate Pie’s life. We pray that God grant healing and comfort to the family individually and collectively.
His loyalty and faithfulness to his family and friends shall forever be a loving memorial to his beautiful life. Mr. Spellman T. Varnado, affectionately known as “Pie”, was born on September 6, 1942, to Robert and Marie Varnado in Pass Christian, MS. He played his last round in this life and went home to meet his savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Biloxi VA Medical Center with his family at his bedside.
Pie grew up on the west side of Pass Christian, attended Randolph High School and was drafted into the US ARMY in 1964 and left to serve his country in the Vietnam War. Upon returning, he held several jobs until receiving his certification as a welder from Manpower. He met and married Brenda and together they raised four children. Even though they had parted ways, they always managed to continue to do family things with their children such as vacationing, cookouts, holidays etc. which he tremendously enjoyed. He was a man that was all about making sure his family was ok. He was a sure “back up plan” for anyone in need. He may come with some choice words and speech, but he was always there. He always said, “If you don’t want to hear the truth, don’t ask me.” He was a straight shooter and did not possess the desire to sugarcoat anything. He gave it to you straight regardless of who you were, but he did it all out of love. He felt he owed you nothing but the truth and love.
He worked many years as a 1st class shipfitter in the shipyard, while owning and operating Varnado’s Cleaners and The Three S Lounge aka PC Club until retirement. He later decided to rejoin the workforce and did several years as a bartender at The Grand Casino, a security guard at The Island View Casino in Gulfport, MS, and worked as a marshal at The Oaks Golf Course in Pass Christian until he got all the working out of his system.
Pie was a lifelong and faithful member of Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church. He held many positions throughout the years, Parish Council, Bazaar Committee, Softball Committee, Draw-down Chairperson, Groundskeeper, and an usher at the Saturday masses. February 2020, Our Mother of Mercy selected him as the 2020 Honoree of African American Hero of Pass Christian.
He also served his community well for many years. He belonged to a group called the “We Care Committee”. They would volunteer to repair roofs and homes to many members in the community, do benefit dinners for community members in need and just tried to be of service any way they could. His motto was always “Do what you can, for who you can, while you can and good will come back to you.”
Pie enjoyed cheering on the Pass Christian Pirates at the football and basketball games, playing cards and dominos with the fellows, but most of all he enjoyed a tee time on a golf course where he enjoyed playing with his friends. He often said he was “schooling them” on the course. He was quick-witted and came with some of the slickest comments that would catch you off guard but have you laughing.
Pie was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers – William Varnado, Warren Varnado, George Varnado, and Emmanuel “Ricky” Varnado; 5 sisters – Bobbie Jean Clemons, Marie Varnado, Judy Varnado, Janet Hunter, and Stephanie Varnado; one son – Carlos Roberts, Sr; one grandson – Keon R. Bryant.
Fond memories will be forever cherished by his son – Keith Varnado, Poplarville, MS, whom he took very good care of up until his death, two daughters – Tabitha (Erroll) Smith, Gulfport, MS and Latasha “Lolly” (Lester) Bryant, Pass Christian, MS; brothers – Robert Varnado, Sr of Jackson, MS, and Ralph Varnado, of Hamden, CT; grandchildren- Jacqueline (Lamance) Spaulding, Katy, TX; Jolisa (Freddie) Weeks, Evans, GA; Shanice (Shanard) Roberts, De’Amon Spivey, Carlos Roberts, Jr., and Kyrese Bryant all of Gulfport, MS; great-grandchildren- Naomi, Addisyn, Mekhi, Londyn, Kayden Kash, Jeremiah, Jaliyah, Ariella, and Keon Niran, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.