William Vann Best

February 23, 1921 - July 11, 2006
Kilpatrick Funeral Home
1200 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
318-323-9611 | Map
Kilpatrick Funeral Home
1200 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
318-323-9611 | Map
Saturday 7/15

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 William Bill Vann Best went to be with his Heavenly Father on July 11. He was born in Whiteville, North Carolina on February 23,Continue Reading

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Scott Martin left a message on September 8, 2014:
Back in the 1980's, I was a Louisiana Tech student and attended First Baptist Ruston; I will always remember what a kind, generous man Mr. Best was. Any event the college group was having would feature KFC courtesy of Mr. Best. And if Mr. Best saw you in his store, he wouldn't let you pay for your lunch. Once he saw me after I had already paid, and he pushed a dessert into my hands. I never worked for him, but I knew people who did, and they would make a point of talking about what a fine man he was to work for.
Alex Tait left a message on July 16, 2006:
I want to convey my sympathy to the family of Mr. Best at this time of sorrow. Mr. Best gave me my first job around 1970 at the new KFC in Jonesboro. His guidance and influence mirrowed that of my own father. I have carried the lessons of character and devotion to tasks learned from him into my 51st year of manhood. I remember meeting Mary Ann and will pray that the Lord comfort the entire family during this time of grief.
Carol Hodges left a message on July 15, 2006:
You are in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy,
Mark Fogas left a message on July 14, 2006:
I counted Bill as my best friend during our time in Ruston ... from the very first day we moved there until our last chat only two weeks ago, I treasured our talks and our time together. Bill helped grow me into the God-fearing father, husband and friend I try to be today. His love for ALL of his girls was evident in so many of our talks. Mary, Mary Ann and Jane Ellen - Angela and I will be praying for you and for your families during this time of great loss. We love you all very much.
Hope Winter Ferguson left a message on July 14, 2006:
Meeting and getting to know Bill was one of the highlights of our stay in Ruston. We send our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. With much love, Hope Winter Ferguson and Michelle Winter Harris
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Mike and Phyllis Young left a message on July 14, 2006:
Could you find a better neighbor than the owner of a KFC or Baskin Robbins? How about a benevolent, KFC/BR proprietor whose love of God showed in how he treated everyone he met? William Best was all of these and my family was blessed to have the Best's as neighbors for many years. I thank God for them and will always remember how wonderfully they treated my mother when she was dying from cancer. From a helping hand to free chicken to frozen delights, Mr. Best was always there with a wry crack to brighten the day. He made everyone he met a little nicer.
Mark Moore left a message on July 14, 2006:
Bill Best was one of the finest men I have ever had the honor of knowing. He was a true gentleman; but moreso, his life was a living testimony to Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the opportunity to know Mr. Best. Sincerely Mark Moore
Donny & Ida Spears left a message on July 13, 2006:
To the Best Family, We were sorry to learn of Mr. Best's passing. If someone's name were synominous with them as a person then it most certainly would apply to Mr. and Mrs. Best. They were the best neighbor's, the best citizens, the best ambassadors for a city, and the best spokesman for KFC. They were the best, not only in their spoken word, but especially in their actions. You could count on them. Bill Best probably could have lived in one of the fanciest neighborhoods in Ruston if he had not given away so much chicken. He could be a pretty good comedian at times, too. We still laugh about the time we went by KFC when we were in town and as we were leaving he followed us out, telling his employees he was going by Popeye's to get some chicken then going home. May each of you be comforted by such good memories of a good, honorable man.
Kilpatrick Funeral Homes left a message:
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