Claude  Best
Claude Elvin Best, of Fairland, Okla., passed from this life Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Family Care Center, in Fairland. He was 91. Claude was born October 5, 1927, in Douthat, Okla., to Carol and Era (Hopper) Best.
He grew up in Picher and moved to Miami in 1955. In 1959 he moved to Fairland and has resided there since. He graduated from Picher High School, class of 1946, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Diess. Claude worked for B.F. Goodrich for 39 ½ years as a heavy duty truck tire inspector. He was a member of the Methodist Church and United Rubber Workers Union.
Claude was preceded by his wife, LaVaughn (Anderson) Best, January 31, 2012; his parents; siblings, Earl Cobb and Louise Cobb Curlee; and a great-grandson.
Survivors include two sons, Claude Erwin Best and wife, Lisa, of Fairland, Michael Best and wife, Michelle, of Joplin, Mo.; two daughters, Sandy Reynolds and husband, David, of Fairland, and Annette McGuire and husband, Ray, of Fairland; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Monday, December 17, at 1 p.m. at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, in Miami, Oka. Rev. Steve Johnson will officiate. Interment will be at Fairland (Okla.) Cemetery. Ray McGuire, Jacob McGuire, Michael Best II, Jeff Alleman, Gary Farris, Rodney Reynolds and Jeff Reynolds will serve as pallbearers. Danny Garner and Gayle Black will serve as honorary pallbearers. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post #147 Funeral Detail and Motorcycle, escort by Covenant Motorcycle Ministry Chapter 702. The family will receive friends Saturday, December 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, in Miami.
Services have been placed in the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK.
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Published on December 14, 2018


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