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John Edward Best Sr.


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John Edward Best Sr. Obituary
John Edward Best, Sr., 85, died June 11, 2018. He was the son of Lois Griggs and Charles Leander Best. He was born August 27, 1932 in Savannah, he attended Benedictine Military Academy and Armstrong College. He served proudly in the Marine Corps and worked at Union Camp, co-owned a carpet business, and excelled in sales at Chatham Pipe and Chatham Steel Corporation, then for MacAljon Fabrications. He marched for decades in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, a member of both the Irish Heritage Society and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He belonged to Savannah Golf Club and was a Knight of Columbus. A devout Catholic, he attended St. Peter the Apostle Church. He entertained friends and family with his stories and jokes; he was a skilled craftsman who loved working with his hands. He spent many happy hours in the mountains of North Carolina enjoying golf and the company of friends.

He built a house on Richardson Creek for his first wife Nance (deceased) and raised their four children who survive him: Johnny and his two sons, Joseph and Chris; Greg, his wife Terry, and their children Carolyn and Cory and his daughter Corie Lane; Ann and her husband Craig Miller; and Lisa and her husband Ross Daniel and their children Sid and Liz.

When he married Joanne Osinski Best in 1985, his family doubled in size to include Christopher Best (West Palm Beach); David Best and wife Lori and five granddaughters: Rebecca Best: Libby and Tillman Russell and their children Sophia and Benjamin; Sara Best; Jess Best and wife Leah; and Jillian Best, all of the Augusta/North Augusta area; Mary Catherine (Riviera Beach, FL); and Helen and her husband Steve Thomas and their daughter Morgan (Roswell, GA). Also survived by his sister Patricia Yates (Hampton, FL) and many nieces and nephews.

His happy retirement was interrupted by the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, which destroyed his incentive and the pleasures he took in friends and family.

His legacy is one of love and laughter, with a passion for life and the roads he traveled.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. with the Rosary at 6 p.m. Thursday at Fox & Weeks, Islands Chapel. Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church with burial in the Catholic Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to St. Peter the Apostle Church, Benedictine, St. Vincent's Academy or .
Published in Savannah Morning News on June 14, 2018
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