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James Knowland Best

Jul 26, 1926 – Apr 6, 2015 (Age 88)


Drum Funeral Home - Hickory Obituary

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Wish people understood what a wonderful actor he was beyond Dukes, which he cracked me up in. He never did anything halfway bless him. I will watch anything he is in. Such a handsome talented charismatic man. Wish he had opportunities for leading roles, still he was an asset to whatever production he appeared in. Thank goodness for TCM. I've recorded whatever I can find.

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
June 21, 2019

I lived in Corydon lndiana just a half block from the Normon Best residence. I was born in 1952 so Jimmy was a little ahead of me. I remember him acting at the Hayswood Theatre in Corydon and a visit to Corydon with Burt Renolds. He was an inspiration to many young people in Corydon as to follow your dreams and never give up. Jimmy has and will always be missed. Dale Fawver, NC

I just watched the episode of Andy Griffith of him playing Jim Lyndsey. I've watched it more times than I can count. I just think he was a class act. RIP

I always like Roscoe it makes me laugh I always like the Dukes of Hazzard

Though I watched the Dukes of Hazzard I prefer watching him in all the westerns he was in during his younger years. He was a very good actor who could be serious or funny. So sad that he and many others of the past have passed on. They just dont make actors like James Best anymore.

You gave us so much of yourself in so many movies and shows. It was our pleasure to watch you. Now you are on many movies I've never seen on the GRIT channel. You were so handsome and talented. Thank you for all you did. I hope u are resting peacefully Mr. Best.

We loved The Dukes of Hazzard. We'd pop some popcorn and get comfortable just to watch James Best! I actually married a James Best and going on 50 years of marriage He will be remembered.

My most memorable and awesome was on the twilight zone at his funeral. He did not rise up this time. Loved him forever. Thank you James Best. You are great. Don Phillips