David H. Best Jr.

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The funeral service for Mr. David H. Best Jr., 92, of Montgomery, formerly of Anniston, will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015, at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel in Golden Springs with the Reverend Susan L. Beeson officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday. Mr. Best passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Montgomery. Mr. Best grew up in Ensley and graduated from Ensley High School. He attended Auburn University and ran on the varsity track team. Following two years at Auburn, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, served in World War II, and was awarded the Victory Medal. The U.S. Navy sent him to The University of Illinois where he was also a member of the varsity track team there. He graduated in 1945. He began working for Southern Bell, later South Central Bell. He worked in various capacities throughout the years and culminated with his retirement as a District Engineer. Following retirement, he started his own engineering consulting business. He also spent 10 years building houses for Habitat for Humanity. He served his community in various capacities as a member and past president of the Anniston Civitan Club and was a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Sylacauga. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Anniston and for the last seven years, he was a member of Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery. He was a devoted choir member at both churches. Mr. Best was also a lifetime member of the Auburn University Alumni Association. He is preceded in death by his wife, Martha Ann Sprague Best; and his parents, David H. Best Sr. and Sally Vernon Smith Best. Mr. Best is survived by his daughters, Sally Dixon and her husband, Dr. Eugene Dixon, of Winterville, N.C. and Dr. Julie Grimes and her husband, Tommy, of Vestavia Hills; a son, David M. Best and his wife, Linda, of Montgomery; grandchildren, Chris Best and his wife, Carli, Melissa Barnes, Benjamin Dixon and his wife, Devon, Emily Moody and her husband, Chris, Jarrod Grimes and his wife, Natasha, Alex Grimes, Aubrie Ellen Grimes, Marion Saxon, Vivian Nation and her husband, Rick, and Erik Saxon and his wife, Leilani; 24 great-grandchildren; four great-great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Jarrod and Alex Grimes, Benjamin Dixon, Chris Best, and Marion and Erik Saxon. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Music Department at Frazer United Methodist Church, 6000 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL 36117. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.klbrownmemorychapel.com. K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 231-2334
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Anniston, AL 36207
(256) 231-2334
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Published in The Anniston Star on June 24, 2015
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