Ervin Carroll Best

Published 11:40 am Thursday, July 28, 2016

LANEXA — Ervin Carroll Best, born on Dec. 4, 1935, passed away on July 26, 2016, at his home. Born in Marion, South Carolina, he was the son of late Curtis Wilson Best and Dorothy Ezzell Best.

He retired as a sales supervisor with Gunnoe’s Sausage Co. after 32 years.

He attended Christ Community Church.

Ervin was predeceased by his sisters, Retha Mae Messervy, Doris Best Baines and Louise Gordon; and his brothers, C.W. “Doug” Best, Harry Lee Best and Clayton Louis Best.

To cherish his memory are his devoted wife, Carol B. Best; his daughters, Sheila Best Tawney and husband, Eric Tawney; and Lisa Best Edwards and husband, Robert Edwards; and his son, Ervin “E.C.” Best II and wife, Tara Best; his sister, Annette Davis; sisters-in-law, Mary Francis Best and Bessie Best of Franklin; brother-in-law, William Baker of Hopewell; his grandchildren, Justin Monroe, Heather Edwards, Amanda Edwards, Robbie Edwards and Abigail Best; and great-grandchildren, Lily Monroe and Avani Yarrell.

Ervin was a great storyteller. No matter what the subject was he could make it funny, exciting and extraordinary. He could make you laugh with a simple gesture or witty remark. He believed in family first, working hard and saving for a rainy day and he did without to give us what we wanted. He would come to our aid at a moment’s notice.

Ervin showed us unconditional love and to always be there for your family. He is truly missed but will always be remembered.

We would like to thank our friends and family and Pastor Randy Gardner for all of their acts of kindness and prayers throughout Ervin’s illness.

The celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Community Church, 9001 Richmond Road W., Toano, VA 23168.

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