Varnie Frazier Smalls was born in Beaufort Sc on March 2, 1945 to the late Isaac Dunbar and Geneva Sanders and reared by Arthur Frazier Sr. Two brothers Isaac Dunbar Jr and Nick (Ricky) Frazier and Four sisters Virginia Frazier, Jeanette Dunbar, Louise Frazier Singleton, and Mary Ann Ash, preceded her in death.
Varnie affectionately called Varnie-Mae, attended Sol C. Johnson High School and years later received professional certifications in the Home Health Care field and received many accolades for her commitment to impeccable Healthcare services.
In her early twenties Varnie endured the devastating tragedy of losing both her parents she became faced with a life-changing decision to allow her brothers and sisters to become wards of the state or to take immediate action and take on the full responsibility of raising and mentoring her younger brothers and sisters. The decision came at the expense of sacrificing her dreams and personal endeavors. Varnie simply couldn’t endure another loss as she did with losing her second daughter Beverly in death and her two sisters Jeanette and Katherine separated as children and raised apart. Varnie graciously took on the full responsibility of raising and mentoring her younger brothers and sisters and she did so with all the love and compassion in her heart. Years later Varnie became acclaimed as the matriarch of the family.
Varnie a southern girl at heart makes a transition to The Big Apple, New York. Because of Varnie jovial personality and entrepreneurial mindset Varnie is quickly known for selling home-made icees during the summertime which gained her the nick-name by all the neighborhood kids “The Icy-Lady“ And she would sell the best southern soul food dinners which attracted customers throughout the Tri-state area. Varnie also became known within the neighborhood as having an open heart and open door. Whenever someone needed advice, words or encouragement, or just a listening ear she would help them to see the brighter side. Varnie was like the big sister and mom that many did not have. Varnie often said: “I am a people person, I just love people.” Indeed Varnie was a people person if anyone needed a place to stay, food to eat, or a helping hand Varnie came to the rescue time and time again often at her own expense.
A dream comes true for Varnie when she is reunited with her two sisters Jeanette and Katherine. Varnie and the rest of her brothers and sisters join in the celebratory festivities of having a united family. Varnie is overjoyed in the wounds of emptiness begins to heal.
Varnie enjoyed being a devout Jehovah’s Witness for over thirty years. She remained steadfast of the resurrection hope of one day seeing her parents, daughters, brothers, sisters, family and friends on paradise earth. She aided numerous people in the Jehovah's witness organization and successfully became auxiliary pioneer committed to preaching activities.
Varnie and her husband, Edward Smalls return back to Savannah ga to enjoy their senior years until his passing in 2012. Varnie enjoyed traveling to New York having family fun with her daughter La’Tesha and son Joe. Varnie enjoyed many past-time hobbies of crocheting, sewing, jewelry making, decorating, and planting in her yard.
On February 26, 2021 Varnie Frazier Smalls passed away at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, ga. Varnie is survived by her children Virginia C. Frazier, La’Tesha Frazier, Son (Joe), Brothers: Arthur Frazier Jr. (Edna), Robert Frazier, Henry Frazier, and Sisters Alethia Mosley (George), Katherine Dunbar, Sisters-In-Law Ellen Marie Whitfield, and Alfredia Smalls, As well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.