Hamilton Funeral Chapel
423 S James Street
Goldsboro, NC 27530
(919) 734-0621


William Atwood Best

October 19, 1936 - August 30, 2012

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Sgt. Major William A. Best, age 75 of 1420 Albert Street, Burlington, NC, passed away on Thursday at the VA Hospital, Durham, NC.

Sgt. Major William Atwood Best was born October 19, 1936 to the late William and Juanita Best of Eureka, NC. He graduated from Pikeville Training School and retired after 30 years of service in the military. One of his greatest accolades was being in the book of "100 First Sergeant Majors of Color". He truly enjoyed the military.

Sgt. Major William Atwood Best was a member of St. James Disciples of Christ Church. He loved the church, the food service, and the male chorus. He enjoyed their anniversary services and dressing like the male chorus, even after he was disabled. He truly enjoyed when they pushed him in with the group, and they saluted him.

He leaves to mourn two sons: Rodney (Andrea) Best of California and Warren (Anita) Best of Charlotte, NC; one stepdaughter, Tanya Russell; two sisters: Shirley (Billy) Warren of Burlington, NC and Helen (Gilbert) Ware of Capital Heights, MD; two grandchildren and six step grandchildren, one uncle, Silas Best; two aunts: Nancy Holmes and Winnie Williams; cousins who were like brothers and sisters: Ozzie Artist and Pecolia Miller; best friends, Harland and Lillie Gregory; a host of loving cousins, nieces, nephews and lots of military friends.

The public viewing will be held from 2-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at the Hamilton Funeral Chapel, 423 S. James St. Funeral service will be held Monday, September 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at St. James Disciples of Christ Church located at 514 Memorial Church Road, Fremont, NC.