Danny Floyde Best

May 28, 1945 - July 24, 2021
Danny Floyde Best


Danny Floyde Best, 76, passed away July 24, 2021 at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare of Wilmington, NC.

Danny was born in Wilmington on May 28, 1945.

He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond Ennett Best and Katie Tompkins Best.

Danny is survived by his wife Rebecca Thompson Best (Becky) and daughter Kathryn Best of the home, a son, Brett Best and wife, Gloria, and two beloved grandchildren, Sean and Sierra
Best of Mount Airy, NC. He is also survived by many special cousins of the area.

Danny was a graduate of New Hanover High School where he was a member of the ROTC. His love of airplanes and the military led him to join the United States Air Force. Danny served the military for four years and while stationed at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he met Becky. She was the great love of his life. Danny and Becky were married for almost fifty- five wonderful years.

After his military service ended, he and his bride returned to Wilmington.

Danny loved planes and all things mechanical, this led him to join the Dupont Company where he was employed for almost thirty years. Throughout his career, he was an active volunteer in many roles throughout the church.

Following retirement, Danny served faithfully at his church, Long Leaf Baptist Church. He loved God’s house and God’s people. Danny worked tirelessly in his church as a sound technician and maintenance director for many decades. Additionally, he was an avid Andy Griffith Show fan and a collector of the show’s memorabilia.

Danny was also an amateur photographer and loved to capture scenes in nature.

His memorial service will be held at Long Leaf Baptist Church on Wednesday, July, 28th, at 2:00 pm, with a family visitation prior to service at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Long Leaf Baptist Church.

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  • July 26, 2021
    Walter E. Finch says:
    My mother and Danny's Aunt Lavaun were very close friends. I remember on many occasions when Lavaun came home to visit, she would always come over to visit us. Danny would come with over with Paula, Sandra and Lavaun. When I was born, ( I am 4 years younger than Danny), my parents bought Danny's old baby crib from Katie for me to use. Many years later when someone would ask Danny if he knew me, he would chuckle and say, " Somehow it all goes back to the two of us having the same baby crib" I loved his sense of humor. I worked at Lowes the last 20 years before I retired. Danny would come in and we would have a good visit, talking up a storm which we both could do! When my wife passed away 4 years ago, Danny would call me every 3 or 4 weeks for about a year to check on me. He knew I was having a hard time with my loss. I guess it all boils down to this," A FINER PERSON I HAVE NEVER KNOWN!" There's an old saying that you really haven't lost someone if you know where they are. We all know where Danny is! With his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!! Rebecca, not sure if I've ever met you, but know this, my Heart and Prayers are with all of you! May God Bless and keep you. Sincerely yours, Walt...

  • July 26, 2021
    Robin Bunch Cromartie says:
    Mr. Best was always so kind to me. Throughout my childhood and my entire life. One of my fondest memories of him is when my little dog was run over and he and Mrs. Best came to the road to my side to help me. She consoled me while Mr. Best gently picked up my pop and took him to bury him. Such a kindness to a young girl. He was a great man and I know you all will miss him dearly, as will I. Praying for all of you as you go through such a difficult time.

  • July 26, 2021
    Johnny Hunt says:
    Danny was the absolute epitome of a Servant of God. No was not in his vocabulary. He meant the world to me in the early formation of my Christian life. Becky, Kathryn, and Brett, I am praying for each of you! I will NEVER forget Danny, a precious brother in Christ.

  • July 26, 2021
    Danny and Su-Anne Avant says:
    Never a better mentor than our Christian Brother, Danny Best. Perhaps without realizing it, Danny showed me how to follow Jesus more so than telling me. Such great memories working on Christmas and Resurrection Day programs with him could not have been made by any other means. Becky, please know that your husband held you in absolute highest regard, as I am sure he made known to you. Su-Anne and I count you as Danny's equal in all of life and service to our LORD. Katherine and Brett, your Father never of either of you except with a love that only a Father can offer. Thank God for your parents and trust HIM for the balance of your days. Thank you Becky for sharing your dear husband so selflessly.

  • July 27, 2021
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