Derek Varley

Derek Frank Varley

May 5, 1938 - December 11, 2019
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    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 2:00pm
    Graceland Cemetery
    2493 West Pullen Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
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Hilary Thornburrow

Posted at 07:59am
Derek and I were married on June 4, 1960 at Holy Trinity Church, Barkingside, England, and we had two children: Deborah and Peter. Debbie died of brain cancer on May 5th, 2003, and Peter is happily married to Rose, living and working in China. Derek and I had some very happy times together during our marriage. We enjoyed dancing together and had some fine camping trips as a family in Michigan and Florida. I last saw Derek at our daughter’s funeral in 2003, and it saddened me to hear he had been suffering from bad health recently. I wish to extend my condolences to Dorothy and Dorinda.

Peter Varley

Posted at 10:04am
Derek was my father. I understood Derek to be a man with real composure in life. Sometimes the motorboat would break down. Not a problem. Or problems with the neighbors. No sweat. As a son, this has been a great lesson exemplified by someone to whom I was related.

Joan Harding

Posted at 05:22am
Derek was an older cousin whom we used to visit in Caterham Avenue, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex, UK often on a Sunday - and I recall that his dad, Uncle Frank used to make motorised boats which travelled round a pond in the rear garden.

I remember when he had a motor scooter, probably a Lambretta he took me from my home in South East London to the Tower of London the other side of The Thames. I had to hold on tightly riding over the cobbles. Local lad, near where I lived, Tommy Steele's "Singing the Blues" was popular at the time, along with flared skirts to our dresses.
Missed your Christmas card last year hence looking for details of you this year.
Condolences to your family. Rest in Peace.
Joan Harding nee Varley

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