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Teddy Best


Teddy Best Services: No services are scheduled. Teddy Morgan Best, 74, of Raton, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, in Pueblo, Col. He was born on May 11, 1931, in Forrest to Ernest and Neely Straton Best. He attended Forrest Schools and graduated from Tucumcari High School in 1950. He was active in football and basketball and was on Tucumcari's state championship teams in 1950. He worked for L.A. and Linnie White on their farm southeast of Tucumcari for 25 years. He moved to Raton in 1976 and operated the Radio Shack on Park Avenue until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Hollis Best, Ernest Lee (Bud) Best, and Emmert Felix Best; two sisters, Lorene Gox and Carnelia (Sis) Lovejoy; nephew Gary Best; and niece Suzie Best. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Bonnie Best; a son, Alan Best (and wife, Dorothy) of Raton; a daughter, Sheri Keith (Jim) of Tucumcari; five grandchildren, Alana Best Horner (Chris) of Raton, Desiree Sappington (Ryan) of Raton, Dwaine Best (Samantha Patton) of Cincinnati, Nathan Best (Heather Ewers) of Boston, and Justin Keith (Juanice Martinez) of Tucumcari; and three great-granddaughters, Jayd Sappington and Erika Bailey of Raton and Jasmine Keith of Tucumcari; a sister, Arlene Wilcox of Farmington; a mother-in-law, Linnie White of Raton; and numerous nephews and nieces. Arrangements are by Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.
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