Mr. Best was born Sept. 23, 1925 in Ranger to John Boyd Best, Sr. and Nannie Louise Kelly Best. He graduated high school and then went on to serve his country in the United States Army; having fought in World War II. After serving in the Army, he began his career as an accountant for Exxon, from which he later retired. On July 10, 1982, he married Jeanne Jimerson in Kenedy. He was a former resident of Portland for many years, later having moved to Choate then settling in Victoria the past 6 years. Mr. Best was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Portland.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Jeanne Best of Victoria; his daughters, Carol (Jim) Calvert of Austin, Maggie (Rick) Malek of Robstown and Linda Woods of Kenedy and his son, John (Janice) Harvey of Lansing, Mich.; grandchildren, Kelley Hoelscher, Amy Malek, Julie Mumfrey, George Grimes, Heather Guerra, Brian Harvey, Zachary, Jacob and Sydney Harvey and his great-grandchildren, Evan Hoelscher, Nate and Sam Guerra, Miles and Luke Mumfrey, Jack Grimes, and Isabelle, Dylan, Natalie and Logan Harvey and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Best is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Billie Mills Best; his son, Don O. Harvey, III; his sisters Evelyn Wolf and husband Gordon, Elizabeth Kerr and husband Bill and Lois West and husband James and his 2 nephews, Bobby and Jim Kerr.
Visitation was held from 5 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 26 at Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 27 at 10 a.m., at Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Lyman Mereness of Crown Hospice officiating.
Interment with Military Honors followed at 2 p.m., at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
Serving as pallbearers were Bob’s grandchildren, Kelly Hoelscher, Amy Malek, Julie Mumfrey, George Grimes, Heather Guerra, Zachary Harvey, Jacob Harvey and Sydney Harvey.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Winters Public Library; 120 N Main Street, Winters, Texas 79567 or Crown Hospice; 1101 Salem Road, Victoria, Texas 77904.