Robert Dale Best

Robert Dale Best

Robert Dale Best

October 12, 1955~February 08, 2022

Robert Dale Best, 66 of Crestview, Florida passed away on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Robert was born on October 12, 1955, to Jerry and Evelyn Best in Anchorage, Alaska. Robert moved here to Okaloosa County in 1970 and was a resident ever since. “Bear” was a 1973 graduate of Crestview High School, where he lettered in football and track. Following high school he began his working career as a master carpenter who could design and build anything, including many commercial and residential projects throughout northwest Florida. Robert enjoyed riding four wheelers and racing cars. He was a great mentor and coach. He inspired many young athletes within the community as he coached his son and many others in baseball, football and basketball and would lead many teams to multiple youth league championships. He also loved music and playing the guitar.  Robert and his best friend (dog) “Rudy” were inseparable. Even after his mobility declined he didn’t let limitations stop him from enjoying his life and he could frequently be seen all over Crestview traveling in his power wheelchair to visit friends.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn Jean Barrow Best, Jerry Dale Best, his love of his life, Verva Bell Best, his sister, Shirley Yow Holt, Florida.

Robert is survived by his son, Robert (Alaina) Best, his sisters, Marilyn Spencer Gatlinburg, Tenn, June (Willie) Bell Pensacola, Florida.

Funeral service will be held Friday, March 4, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m., from the Chapel of Brackney Funeral Service. The family will receive friends Friday, March 4, 2022 from 1-2 pm at the funeral home.

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Brackney Funeral Service Chapel

  • March 04, 2022
  • 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
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  • 480 E James Lee Blvd
    Crestview, FL 32539

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Brackney Funeral Service Chapel

  • March 04, 2022
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Email Details
  • 480 E James Lee Blvd
    Crestview, FL 32539

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Debbie Marrs

February 28, 2022, 6:25 pm

Rest In Peace My Dear Friend ❤️ I Will Miss You!

Karen Campbell

March 2, 2022, 1:38 pm

Condolences to your family. Prayers for you. Love you Karen

BonnieClare Lester

March 2, 2022, 2:15 pm

Rest In Peace, Bobby. I wish I could have met you. Prayers to the family.

Donna Thompson Dearwent

March 2, 2022, 4:49 pm

Your free, Free at last… gave granny and your mom and your sister a big hug from me. Rest easy my dear cousin❤️Love Donna Dearwent…

Woodward Christopher

March 3, 2022, 4:43 am

Bob our deepest condolences and Miranda’s heart is hurting for you losing your mama and your dad . May God grant you His peace, that passes all understanding . Love Chris and Miranda.

Kim Adams

March 5, 2022, 1:50 pm

Bobby or Papa bear as I called him will be missed. He was a knight in shining armor a true southern gentleman with a heart of gold. His love for music and daily songs he posted on fb will be missed along with his political voice and passion for America. The one thing that will be missed the most was his deep love for his son. When he spoke about Bob the love would would just pour out of every single word.

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