Elliott C. Varnum: June 2, 2018

Published 1:53 pm Tuesday, June 5, 2018

AMERICUS — Elliott Cole Varnum, 21, of Americus, died Saturday, June 2, 2018, at his home. He was born Aug. 17, 1996, to Bobby Varnum and Lynn Elliott Register. Cole was a dually enrolled student at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and Albany State University.  He was active in the BCM at GSW, and was a member of the Alpha Alpha Chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.  He was a member at DeSoto Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Shema Baptist Church in Ellaville. Burial will follow in the Leslie City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service, starting at 9:30 a.m. Officiating the services are the Rev. Troy Fripp, the Rev. Brian Puckett, and the Rev. Chet Ragsdale. At other times, the family may be contacted at 113 Lynnview Drive in Americus.

No words can express the grief we feel at the loss of our precious Cole (Cole-man).  To say the very least, he will be sorely missed by ALL who knew him.  Cole was a friend to so many.  His greatest attribute was the ability to see people, really see people. Cole loved and served people of all ages, from all walks of life, in any circumstances. Cole loved and served his family. All of us. He was always on mission for his God. In a word, Cole was a Christian.

Perhaps most of all, we will miss the laughter Cole brought to our lives. He was an accomplished prankster. He loved adventures, scary movies (even though he was scared of his own shadow), mysteries (he was still searching for Big Foot), super heroes, hanging out with friends, and he loved video games. Simply put, Cole loved life! He was a dreamer, a historian, an artist, a movie maker, and the proud owner and operator of the Cole Varnum Agency. Whenever, we remember him, it will always, always be with a smile.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Lynn and Wade Register; father, Bobby Varnum; a sister, Charley Varnum; and four stepsisters: Marisa Register, Whitney Register, Gabrielle Register, and Olivia Register; and “big brother,” Devon Varnum. Also surviving are grandmothers Geraldine “Gerri” Varnum and Harriet Elliott; and stepgrandmother, Anelia King.


Serving as pallbearers are Corey Doggett, Alex Arnold, Brandon Looney, Cody Cofty, Cody Clements, Christopher Daniel, Brennan Morris, and Gage Cook. Honorary pallbearers include John Wojnar, Daniel Canas, Jacob Cross, and Jake Sanders.

He was preceded in death by his two grandfathers: Charles J. Varnum and Kermit Elliott Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to: GSW Baptist Collegiate Ministry, 202 Tanner St., Americus GA 31709.

You may sign the online guestbook and share your memories at www.greghancockfuneralchapel.com.

Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.