Bobbie Jean Benton Best, 79, of Thomasville died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at Thomasville Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, after a lengthy illness with Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s. Best was a former accounting secretary, a member of Thomasville Baptist Church, the Woodville Reading Club and the Alabama Charter No. 36 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was director of the New Bethel Baptist Associational Women’s Missionary Union in 1982. Her passion was her family, flowers and assisting her husband in mission work, both in the states and abroad.
Best is the wife of James Richard Best of Thomasville, who was retired as Director of Missions for Bethlehem and Pine Barren Baptist Associations and most recently Associate Pastor at Thomasville Baptist Church. She is also survived by her son, James Timothy Milton Best of Riverside, Texas; two daughters, Teri Best (Frank) Dukes of Opelika and Dr. Daveta Best (Dr. Frank) Dozier of Thomasville; sister, Ernestine Benton Buffington of Pennington, Texas; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David W. and Corrie Standley Benton; twin brother, Clayton Dean “Motor” Benton; three brothers, Norris Benton, David Weston Benton and Clell L. “Tut” Benton; four sisters, Ruby Page, Mildred Lee, Lois Dominy and Audrey Durham.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Thomasville Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Parten and Rev. Mark McCullough officiating. Interment followed at Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville with O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home directing. A memorial service will be at First Baptist Church in Woodville, Texas Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.
Active pallbearers were Buddy Bedwell, Bob Casey, Henry Dunagan, Pete Harris, David Nelson, Paxton Pruitt, Pete Sheehan and Shelly Webb. Honorary pallbearers were members of the T. E. L./Elect Ladies Sunday School Class and the Alabama Charter No. 36 United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Memorials may be made to Thomasville Baptist Church Guatemala Children’s Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 159, Thomasville, AL 36784.
Condolences may be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com.