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Varnell (Nell) Schaeffner Obituary

Varnell (Nell) Donahue Schaeffner
Varnell (Nell) Donahue Schaeffner

November 14, 1932 - February 13, 2018
Born in Luttrell, Tennessee
Resided in Knoxville, Tennessee
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Varnell (Nell) Donahue Schaeffner - age 85, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Holston Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was a member of the Church of God of the Union Assembly (Keith Avenue - Knoxville), Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee, Union County Historical Society, the O’Connor Senior Singers, and the Shannondale Singers. Her love for her children and family was exceptional.
She was a simple lady who lived simply and loved deeply.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Benton Donahue and
Azalee Merritt Donahue; husband, Donald A. Schaeffner; daughter,
Wynona Schaeffner Blake; brothers, James Radis Donahue, J C Donahue, Parnick Donahue, L T (Tommy) Donahue, Benton Donahue, and K O Donahue; great-grandchildren, Allen Gabriel Schaeffner, and
Destiny Faith Smith.

Survivors: children, Mary Jeffries, Allan Schaeffner, Kenny Schaeffner, and Kathleen Watson and husband Hal, 26 grandchildren, over 40 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren (with one on the way); siblings, Arillia Huff, Harold Donahue, Ann Hogg, Wayne Donahue and Raymond Donahue; special nephew, Kent Donahue and more than 30 other nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Stevens Mortuary Chapel with Reverend Rocky Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.

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Stevens Mortuary
1304 Oglewood Avenue
Knoxville, TN US 37917
Friday, February 16, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Varnell Schaeffner
1304 Oglewood Ave
Knoxville, TN US 37917
Saturday, February 17, 2018
11:00 AM
Greenwood Cemetery
3500 Tazewell Pike
Knoxville, TN US 37918
Saturday, February 17, 2018
12:00 PM



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