Mattie Varnadore Sweat

Mattie Varnadore Sweat, 73, died Tuesday morning, June 25, 2019, at her residence in Blackshear, following a short illness.

She was a native of Ware County and a long-time resident of the Hacklebarney Community of Pierce County prior to making her home in Blackshear. She was the wife of the late Dan Alton Sweat and daughter of the late Johnny Varnadore and Della Irene Smith Varnadore Griffin. She was also preceded in death by her step-father, Joseph Griffin; siblings, Leona, Kenneth, Emerlie, Ruthalee, Betty, Lorene and other half-brothers and  half-sisters.

She was a member of Youmans Chapel Baptist Church in Pierce County and was a former member of the Ware County Saddle Club. She was well-known for her homemade pecan pies.

Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Sweat, Blackshear and Christina Carter (husband Jake), Waycross; four grandchildren, Staci Waldron and Lea Flowers (husband James), both of Blackshear, Amber Ledford (husband Stephen) and Katie Carter, both of Waycross; a former son-in-law, George Waldron, Hoboken; 10 great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Peeples, Lily Flowers, Ian Gay, Jacob Ledford, Matthew Carter, Hunter Bennett, Ryan Peeples, Kaleigh Williams, Olivia Ledford and Cason Flowers; two brothers J.D. Varnadore (wife Dixie), Hacklebarney Community and Dennis Varnadore (wife the late Virginia), Brunswick and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, from the Youmans Chapel Baptist Church. 

Interment will be in Zion Hill Cemetery near Millwood. 

Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at

Music Funeral Home of Waycross is in charge of arrangements.

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