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Edward Parker Best

Posted By Hall-Wynne On November 6, 2008 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Edward Parker Best of Durham died on Nov.4, 2008. Ed was born on May 29, 1927 in Woodland, NC to Neb and Annie Parker Best. He graduated from Woodland Olney High School and from Wake Forest University in June 1950.

Ed and Betty Grey Whitten of Richmond, VA were married in September, 1950. Ed was a veteran of World War II where he served in the U.S. Navy. Later he served in the NC National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve for 28 years. He was employed by NC Blue Cross Blue Shield and served in the sales department in Roanoke Rapids, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and Durham for 26 years. He retired in 1991 as Senior Director of Sales.

Ed is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Whitten Best of Durham; sons Edward Parker Best, Jr. and wife, Elizabeth of Durham; Richard Harrison Best of Wilmington, NC and wife, Shawn; Dr. Kenneth Whitten Best of Charlotte, NC; daughter Susan Best Stone and husband Judge Rick Stone of Eden, NC; ten grandchildren Haley and Carly Best; Kristen Best Farrell and husband Chris, and Erin Best; Sarah , John, and wife Megan , Whitten, and Harrison Stone, Kendall and Alec Graves, and great-grandson, Julian Parker Stone.

Ed will be remembered most for his unfailing optimism, his cheerful nature, and his wonderful smile. He will be missed terribly by those who love him, but life was truly good for Ed “it doesn’t get any better than this” Best.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 11:00 AM from Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts St., Durham. Pastor Mel Williams and Diane Hill will officiate. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 7, 2008 from 6 PM to 8 PM from Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main St., Durham.

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Condolences for the family of “Edward Parker Best”

Condolence from Sandy Ray on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Sympathy for your loss…I worked with Ed at BCBSNC. I remember his smile and presence when he graced the BCBSNC offices. I am sure you will keep precious memories in your hearts just as everyone who knew him. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

Condolence from Gerry Green on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Ed was one of the truly “good” people in this world. A great boss, but an even greater mentor. He leaves behind an extended family that is a reflection of his life. What a wonderful addition to heaven.

Condolence from Tricia Hamlett on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Mr. Best was loved by us all at BCBSNC – a true southern gentleman that was respected by all! His smiles, kindness and wisdom will be missed – his favorite saying when we were having a challenging day …. “this too shall pass”.

Mr. Best and I shared a love for “doggies” and I can’t help but smile thinking that today he is sitting at rainbow bridge playing fetch with Sally.

Betty, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Diane M. Donovan and Margaret E. Donovan on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear about your precious ‘Neb’.
Ed was a kind, and gentle man. He was never to busy to stop and speak to a neighbor. He was always ready to share a laugh. He radiated a special warmth that touched everyone he came in contact with.
You and the family are in our prayers.
All our Love,
Peg and Diane

Condolence from Lance and Pat Elko on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Betty, “Suenan”, Eddie, “Silly”, and Ken,
What an honor and privilege it has been to know and love Ed Best – your husband, your father, your Gran and our friend!
When the memory of a man brings a smile on your face and love in your heart, well, “it doesn’t get much better than this.”
Much love,
The Elko family

Condolence from Patti Glover on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Mr. Best will always be remembered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and the Charlotte staff that was fortunate enough to be taken under his wing. We had a lot of good times through the years and he will always be remembered. He was always a kind and considerate man and highly respected by us all. He will surely be missed and Betty – our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Thanks for sharing him with us.

Condolence from Suzanne Zur on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from The Enders family on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Betty, the Best family, the Stone family,
We are so sorry for your loss! We, unfortunately, understand the pain of losing a father, but also know the comfort of family, friends, and great memories. We feel honored to have known Ed and his gentle nature and kindness. Maclaine especially feels as though she has lost a grandfather again as Ed always treated her as one of his own. What a special man! We grieve with you all, but smile on a life well lived. Our love and prayers, Bob, Bonnie, Brittany, Maclaine, and Madison

Condolence from Lynn Gianiny, Rachel & Caroline Noel on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Ed Best’s legacy is truly the “Best.” Love and warmth, laughter and compassion – and a rare optimism that has made his family a joy to know and be a part of. We love you and will always be here for you.

Condolence from Anita Johnson Kleeberg on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Best family,

I was very sorry to hear about your loss – Mr. Best was such a special person and I know you’re going to miss him.

Please know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

Anita Johnson Kleeberg

Condolence from Tom & Maryann Barbour on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Our deepest sympathy to you Betty and all your family in your loss of your Husband and your Children’s very loving Father. We will both miss him very much and wish you comfort in getting through this difficult time. Your family has very much been an inspiring part of our own and we are so very happy that we got to meet Ed and to know him as we did. Love and sympathy from all of our family, Tom,Maryann, Logan and Nicholas Barbour

Condolence from Earl Ridout on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Ed will always be remembered for his Good Smaritan work and his high standards and love of his wife and as wonderful parent. His unqualifed friendship has been a Blessing in my life and others. He will truely be missed but his memories of love and friendship will live on through his wonderful wife Betty, his family and friends. Earl & Zona

Condolence from Linda Rose on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Betty and Family,
I was very sad to learn of Ed’s passing. I worked with him at BCBSNC, and he was always kind and gracious to everyone, sharing that wonderful, big smile with us! He cared about his employees no matter their position, and though he was “the boss”, he didn’t let his title go to his head. As someone else mentioned, he was truly a Southern gentleman…and there aren’t many like him. It was my pleasure to know Mr. Best. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Carole & Wayne Giacomazzi on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Susan – I only met your Dad that one time at Harrison and Caroline’s graduation, but he was a sweet man. And his legacy lives on in you, because you are a kind and compassionate person and have been such a good friend to Lynn. We are so sorry for your loss and you and your family are in our prayers.

Love, Carole and Wayne

Condolence from Clarence Whitefield on November 7th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Betty:

It was with a deep sense of sadness that I read of Ed’s passing. While I have only known you folks for a few years– since you started coming to Watts Street Baptist Church– I have cherished our friendship and always will. Ed was a very friendly, personable man who was easy to know and like. I shall always remember him fondly, and I look forward to our continued friendship with you through the church we love. While Jane has never gotten to know you, she joins me in this expression of our sincere sympathy. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Clarence Whitefield

Condolence from Candy Holtzman on November 8th, 2008 12:00 am

Betty and family — I was deeply saddened to read about the loss of Ed. He was a genuinely kind and caring person, and I know that there’s a big void in your lives. The world was surely a better place with Ed in it.

Condolence from Marsha Barrett Alford on November 9th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Betty, Susan, Ricky, Ken, and Eddie, when I received Elizabeth’s message this week about Ed, I was so sad and stunned to hear that he had passed away. I was on vacation in NYC and unable to return home for his service and I truly hate that. I thought a lot of Ed and always looked up to him. He was a successful businessman that was kind and genuine to everyone around him. He was such a special man and I am so very sorry for your loss. Try to remember all the wonderful memories you will now hold so dear. I just wanted you to know that I was thinking of all of you. Much love, Marsha

Condolence from Earl & Marjorie Britton on November 10th, 2008 12:00 am

Dear Betty, Marjorie and I were saddened to learn of Ed’s passing.
I am proud to have been associated with Ed and think of him and other management at BCBSNC often. Those were truly the “GOOD OLD DAYS.Earl

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