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Sgt. Gordon Best: Myrtle Beach

1990 – 2021

     Sgt. Gordon Best of Myrtle Beach, a member of the North Myrtle Beach Police Department, passed away Friday, Jan. 1, while serving in the line of duty. He was 30.

     Sgt. Best was born Nov. 12, 1990 in Myrtle Beach, a son of Gordon and Renee’ Best. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the FFA, where he served as a state officer.

     Sgt. Best earned his associate degree in Criminal Justice from Horry-Georgetown Technical College and was a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

     Even though he was Methodist, Sgt. Best insisted on being baptized in the Waccamaw River. He was a member of Grand Strand Masonic Lodge #392 AFM. Sgt. Best was an all-around great guy that everyone liked, and he especially loved his Lord.

     Sgt. Best loved serving his community as a police officer and will be most remembered as a devout husband and father.

     In addition to his parents of Loris, Sgt. Best is survived by his wife, Taylor Best of Myrtle Beach; two children, Braxton Best and Blakely Best of Myrtle Beach; a sister, Olivia Worley (Barrett) of Tabor City; two nieces, Ellie Worley and Sawyer Worley of Tabor City; a brother-in-law, Chris Fowler (Amanda) of Myrtle Beach; one nephew, Bryson Fowler of Myrtle Beach; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gregg and Deana Gore of Myrtle Beach; grandparents-in-law, Enoch and Kathleen Dix of Myrtle Beach; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

     He was predeceased by maternal grandparents Irene and Bill Fansler, and paternal grandparents, Neal and Dorothy Best.

     Visitation was planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Alabama Theatre.

     Funeral services with Masonic Rites were planned for 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the Alabama Theatre with Chaplain Jay Ortiz and Chaplain William McLeod officiating, burial following at Southern Palm Memorial Gardens in North Myrtle Beach.

     Due to COVID-19 and CDC regulations, masks and social distancing were to be required for each public gathering.

     Memorial donations may be made to Fund the First, here.

A guest register is available here.