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Clayton Louis Best

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Clayton Louis Best Obituary
Clayton Louis Best

Suffolk - Clayton Louis Best, 81, passed away June 10, 2014 at Southampton Memorial Hospital. Born in Bolton, NC, he was a son of the late Curtis Wilson Best, Sr. and Dorothy Ezzell Best. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and retired from Union Camp Corporation after 41 years of service in the Pulp Mill as a washroom operator. Louis was a lifetime member of the Bronco Hunt Club. He was a member of Franklin Baptist Church. Louis was predeceased by his sisters, Retha Mae Messervy, Doris Best Baines and Louise Gordon and his brothers, C. W. "Doug" Best and Harry Lee Best.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 56 years, Bessie Francis Best; two daughters, Rhonda DeEtte Best and Lori Hamm and Ray Boykin; two sons, Clayton Louis Best, II and wife, Jane and Curtis Francis Best and wife, Kathy; sister, Annette Davis of California; brother, Ervin Best and wife, Carol of Lanexa, VA; sister-in-law, Mary Frances Best; grandchildren, Nicholas Robertson, Geoffrey Harbick, Clayton Hamm, Allie Best, Jenna Best and Clayton Louis Best, III and a great-grandchild, Michael Harbick.

The funeral will be held 2 PM Friday, June 13, 2014 at Wright Funeral Home, Franklin, with the Rev. Brent Kimlick and Rev. Sharon James officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Southampton Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Franklin Baptist Church, 208 N. High Street, Franklin, VA 23851. www.wrightfuneralhome.org

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Published in The Virginian Pilot on June 11, 2014
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