The Duncan Banner


January 9, 2014

Charles ‘Bill’ Best

Feb. 4, 1924 — Jan. 8, 2014

DUNCAN — Charles “Bill” Best, 89, of Duncan, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Country Club Care in Duncan.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Brian Pain officiating. Interment will be at Rock Creek Cemetery in the Central High community. Arrangements are under direction of Carter-Smart Funeral Home.

Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Bill was born Feb. 4, 1924, in Rifle, Colo., to Acel and Lucille Cash Best. Charles was a graduate of Empire High School, was a veteran of W.W. II, serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a supervisor for Sun Oil Co. before retiring after 40 years.

Bill was an active member of the First Baptist Church and served as Deacon. He loved to play golf and travel with his wife Colleen. Bill was a family man and enjoyed spending time with his siblings, children, grandkids and great-grandkids. He loved nothing better than a new baby added to the family. Bill had a true love of sports and spent many summers fly fishing in Colorado with his friends and family.

Bill married Colleen Wylder on Dec. 7, 1945, in Long Beech, Calif., and celebrated 68 years of marriage.

 Bill is survived by his wife; Colleen of the home; son, Mickey Dale and wife Wryn Best of Granbury, Texas; daughters: Charlene Best of Guthrie, Sharon Smith of Duncan; sisters: Bernice Kohler of California, Dean McLennan of Duncan, Wanda Liles of Duncan, Marie and husband Cecil Chatham of Moore, Alameda and husband Charles Dehart of Yukon; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Acel and Lucille Best, and a brother.

Pallbearers will be Mickey Best, Donovan Underwood, Jason Smith, Alex Villagrana, Seth Beat and Mike Sleik.

Memorial contribution may be made to Chisholm Trail Hospice or First Baptist Church Building Fund.

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