Malcolm Gerald Best

July 16, 1940 - November 20, 2020

07/16/1940 - 11/20/2020

Past Services

Tuesday November 24, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Rich Square
116 Short Street
Rich Square, NC 27869
Wednesday November 25, 2020
2:00 pm
Potecasi Baptist Church Cemetery
3264 N Carolina 35
Woodland, NC 27897

RICH SQUARE, NC – Malcolm Gerald Best, age 80, passed away on  November 20, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio, while visiting his son.

Mr. Best was born in Goldsboro, NC,  on July 16, 1940, a son of the late Lonnie and Lannie Shingleton Best. He was retired as an Auto Body Repairman.  Malcolm was a longtime devoted member of Potecasi Baptist Church where he serve his church in many capacities including Sunday School Superintendent for over 10 years, Deacon and Sunday School Teacher for many years, as well as serving as Youth Director and sang in the choir.  Mr. Best was an outdoorsman and loved to fish and enjoyed frying those fish or fried chicken and inviting over his friends and neighbors.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Besides his parents, Malcolm was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma Odom.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Annie Mae Best, his daughter, Julie Ann Best-King and husband, Adam of Rich Square, NC; two sons, Jeffrey Martin Best and wife Carla “Dale” of Rich Square, NC, and Christopher Gerald Best of Asheville, OH; a sister, Ruth Askew of Smithfield, VA; a brother, Lonnie Best, Jr. and wife, Juanita of Rich Square, NC; and five grandchildren, Hailey (Steve) Klatt of Portage, PA, Jessica King, Emily King, Amanda King, and Joshua King, all of Rich Square, NC.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service Rich Square, NC, and other times at the home.  Due to COVID 19 restrictions, masks will be required for the visitation and the service.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at 2:00 pm at the Potecasi Baptist Church Cemetery, Woodland, NC, with Rev. Dr. J. Brabban, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to the American Stroke Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692; or you may donate online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Best family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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donna cox
3 years ago

I was sorry to hear this. I have known Jeff since the first grade. Prayers for your family.

Anita Conner Blythe
3 years ago

Mrs. Best, Jeff and Family – my thoughts and prayers go out to you all as you mourn the loss of your loved one.

Libbie Wilton
3 years ago

Annie Mae, Our love and sympathy is with you and all of the family. Many memories of when my Mama played the organ and you and Malcolm were in the choir. Wonderful Potecasi Church memories

Richard Vaughan
3 years ago

My thoughts are with you during this time of sadness.

Jeffrey Pope
3 years ago

So sorry to hear this. Knew him from the time I was a little kid. A great bodyman and person. RIP Mr. Scobie and prayers to the family.

Debbie Robbins
3 years ago

Anne, my prayers are with you and your family.

Freddie and Barbara Outland
3 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Del Garris
3 years ago

To Annie Mae, Jeff, Chris, Julie and family, we are so sorry to hear of Malcolm’s passing. Malcolm was a good man and he meant so much to our family. He and Annie Mae taught all three of our children in Sunday school and were such good Christian friends to our family. We had great times together. Trips with the church, fish fries, basketball games in the old Woodland gym and fun family time. We built many memories. May you be comforted in knowing that he is in the arms of Jesus. God bless you all. Del and Ellis Garris, Kristie Rogers Howell, kirk Rogers, Steven Taylor and families. Love to all you special people!

Angela W. Blanton
3 years ago

To the Best Family,
So sorry for you all loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Deeply Sympathy,.
Angela Wheeler Blanton

Linwood and Evelyn Bryant
3 years ago

So sorry for your loss