WILMINGTON — Danny Floyde Best, 76, passed away Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare of Wilmington. Danny was born May 28, 1945, in Wilmington.
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; son, Brett Best, and his wife, Gloria; two beloved grandchildren, Sean and Sierra Best of Mount Airy; and 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 U.S. 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 55 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 30 years. Throughout his career, he was an active volunteer in many roles throughout the church.
Following retirement, Danny served faithfully at his church, Longleaf Baptist Church. He loved God’s house and God’s people. Danny tirelessly worked with 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.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 28, at Longleaf Baptist Church, with a family visitation prior to the service at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Long Leaf Baptist Church.
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