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Lucille "Lou Babe" Best

June 17, 1937 ~ March 8, 2018 (age 80)
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June 17,1937 - March 8, 2018

Lucille “Lou Babe” Best was born June 17th, 1937, to Johnnie Brown and Alberta Young in Jackson, Mississippi. Lucille accepted Christ early in life, and instilled this love and duty to the church in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lucille served Christ singing and directing the choir, teaching Sunday school and working on various committees and councils with any congregation she was a part of. Lucille had that “old time religion”, and it showed in how she fellowshipped with friends and family.

On November 4th, 1960, Lucille Brown was united in holy matrimony with Wendell Best. Their union was blessed with 4 children. Lucille was a great mother, working and raising her 4 little ladies. In the early 1970s, Lucille was the first Black phone operator for General Telephone Electric (GTE) in California. The irony in this is Lucille was often the dispatcher for family gatherings and celebrations. Or if you needed someone to talk to, and explain your troubles, Lucille was always available.  In her long career, Lucille held many positions always working towards the goal of building up her family. Anyone who knew Lucille will tell you she knew how to talk, so its obvious her next career move would be real estate. Lucille sold real estate for over ten years with Century 21 and Anderson Realty.  Making a house into a home was just a hint of the magic that Lucille owned. Her smile would invite you into a celebration. Just a mention of the word “gumbo”, “jambayla” or macaroni and cheese would bring the masses to her door. Lucille loved a crowd, and was always the life of the party. Everyone was welcomed to a seat at her table.

Lucille was always active. From her youth until her golden years, you could always find her involved in something. She constantly volunteered and worked on committees and organizations. Lucille was a part of the PCRA residency Association, serving as president for 1yr, vice president for 2 years, and head of entertainment committee for 3 years. Her commitment to volunteer work was highlighted in the Charlotte Observer in 2001, when she served as Senior Advocate for the Mecklenburg Council on aging. When it came to politics, Lucille shined bright with a spirit that would make Maxine Waters blush. She stayed in tuned with the news and politics and was a statewide delegate for the North Carolina Democratic Party. When Lucille wasn’t volunteering or campaigning, you could find her dawning a Carolina Panthers jersey and watching Football, both college and NFL “Lou Babe” knew her football. Outside of all of these extracurricular activities, Lucille loved to play bingo.

Lucille “Lou Babe” Best was called home to glory on March 8,2018. She was preceded in death by her eldest daughter Kim, her father Johnny Brown; her mother Alberta M. Young; Husband Wendell Best and her eldest nephew Donald Noel Johnson. Lucille leaves to cherish her memory, her children Kelli Best, Carla Best-Garigga (Troy), Sherrie Best,  and Janet Smith (Gregory) and special daughters Deon Morais and Gwendolyn Webb. Her grandchildren Anthony Collins(Kendrea), Joshua Wright, Cortez Best, Justin Prioleau, Matthew Prioleau, Ricky Dailey, Andrea Prioleau, and step-grandson Cordarius Murray(Samantha) And 9 Great-grandchildren. Her sister Johnnie Mae Lawson (Walter) and God-sister Regina Mitchell. Nephews & Niece, Joey Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Daphne Stewart, Cameron Johnson and a whole slew of special and loving Great-nephews and nieces.

A public viewing for Ms. Lucille Best will take place on Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 3:00PM - 8:00PM.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30PM, Friday, March 23, 2018, at Boston's Mortuary, 4300 Statesville Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28269.  Family Visitation from 1:00PM - 1:30PM.  Interment immediately following funeral service at Beatties Ford Memorial Gardens 1929 Beatties Ford Road Huntersville, NC 28216.

Professional Services have been entrusted to Boston's Mortuary. 

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