08/27/04 — MATTHEW BEST SR.

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The funeral for Matthew "Bud" Best Sr., 69, will be held Saturday at noon at St. James Disciples of Christ Church, Fremont. The Rev. James O. Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Old Mill Cemetery.

Mr. Best died Thursday, Aug. 19, at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

He was a native of Wayne County and was the son of the late Rev. Tom and Carrie Armstrong Best. He was a member of St. James Disciples of Christ Church and was employed as a printer and operator of designs at Kemp Furniture until the plant closed.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Laura E. Best; three sons, Matthew Best Jr. and wife, Ethel Mae, of Goldsboro, Carlton D. Best Sr. and wife, Margaret, of Goldsboro and Darryl Best Sr. and wife, Marvena, of Hamden, Conn.; an adopted son, Leonza Rich and wife, Gloria Jean, of Goldsboro; two daughters, Joniselle Gardner and Teresa Patterson and husband, Derick, of Greensboro; four adopted daughters, Jarwonnia Best of Goldsboro, Ronnie Brinson of Raleigh, Stephanie Corpening of Greensboro and Mary Anderson of Goldsboro; one brother, Silas Best of Fremont; four sisters, Nancy Holmes, Mary Royal, Carrie E. Smith and Winnie Williams of Goldsboro; and 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

The viewing hours will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at Howell Funeral Home and the family will be there to receive friends from 6 until 7 p.m. At other times the family will receive friends at the residence at 716 National Drive.

Condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail at howellfh@earthlink.net.


Published in Obituaries on August 27, 2004 1:36 PM