Jerry "Chick" Wayne Best

Saturday, August 30, 1941 - Wednesday, February 17, 2021

A Wonderful Man

Photo of Jerry "Chick" Wayne Best  - 1941-2021

Waynesville- Peace will come when we hardly notice, like the first star in the evening sky or as softly as the water trickles from a mountain brook.  Peace came during the quiet morning hours to a man that is greatly loved, Jerry “Chick” Wayne Best.  Chick entered into his place of Heavenly peace on Wednesday February 17, 2021. His beautiful wife, the love of his life was at his side.  All is well, peace has come.

 Jerry’s life journey began on August 30, 1941 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was the son of the late Paul Clifton Best and the late Bonnie Miller Scruggs. He had made his home in Haywood County most all of his life and Chick was well known and liked by everyone. He had honorably and proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  Mr. Best had been employed at Champion International for 9 years before beginning his career in car sales with his own business, Best Used Cars. Chick had a great interest in classic cars and this kept him quite busy.  He also became co-owner of a mobile home sales business, Board of Trade, that was located in Canton.  Upon his retirement in 2001 Chick was able to spend time golfing with his friends, and making many fun and happy memories. He and his mother spent many delightful  hours fishing together at Lake Fontana and those were indeed very cherished times for both of them.  Chick loved and treasured his family.  He always held a special place in his heart for his sister Jane, who had been just like a mother to him and she brought much joy into Chick’s life. He was a man with a kind spirit and he attended Maple Grove Baptist Church located in the Stamey Cove Community. Chick was a wonderful husband, an amazing brother, a special uncle and a true friend to many.  We give thanks for the 79 years of his life and he will remain a part of each of us forever.  Our hearts are heavy with sadness but we know that peace has come to our beloved Chick.  All is well.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Joe Best; a sister, Jane Ray and also an infant sister.

Surviving are his devoted wife of 51 years, Penny Blazer Best of Waynesville; a brother, Robert Best of Tampa, Florida; nieces, Sherri Binger and Scott and Selena Mamph and John; a nephew, Sam Ray; several great-nieces and great-nephews; a multitude of friends; and his special dog “Harley”.

A private family service to honor and celebrate the life of Mr. Best will be held at a later date.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Best family.



Condolences from family and friends

Penny, we love you and are praying for you!! Please call us if you need anything!!
Pamela Greene
Oh Penny I am so so sorry....You are in my thoughts and prayers...
Sharon Morrow
Penny I’m so sorry for your loss praying for your family and thinking of all of you love you darling
Kay Gillis
I remember all the fun I had with Jerry my sweet uncle that referred to me as waterhead when I was growing up. He made all our beach trips with sweet aunt Penny the best memories ever. I will forever miss him and cherish all the memories with him. I will see you again in Heaven❤
Selena Mamph
Penny I am so sorry to hear the loss of your husband. My heart is breaking for you and your family. May God comfort and keep you in his care. You and your family will be in my prayers! Love to you Gail Wilson
Gail Wilson
Dear Penny, So sorry to hear about your husband passing away. We will lift you in our prayers. May He give you comfort and His Peace.
Allen & Debbie Blanton
So sorry to hear about your husband. God bless you during this difficult time!
Ronnie Rhyne
Rest In Peace my friend. Our friendship will be cherished.I love you Penny and may you find peace and strength in the days to come. Love and hugs, Tammy
Tammy Frizzell
Penny, so sorry to hear of Chicks passing. I am sure he will be missed by many. I have lots of fond memories from us being in school together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family.
Betty Y Henderson
Penny, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that you are loved and in my thoughts and prayers. Ann
Ann Jolly
Your family was blessed to have Chic in it. I know you won't stop missing him until you see him again. Luckily you have many fond memories. I pray that you find strength and peace in the Lord.
Sissie Howell
We are so sorry for you loss. You two have been a part of our family for many years. Will never forget the day of the wedding in your gardens and I was inside chatting with Chick. He always seemed to make the best out of anything. Much love to you.
Brandon/Michelle Pressley
Penny, our deepest heart-felt sympathy and prayers for comfort from God's love at this time.
Russell and Sue Rhodes
My heart goes out to you. Surrounding you in thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you and bring you peace.
Rhnea and Tony
Hones Chick Best from Stamey Cove, I will miss you! Love you Penny!!!!
Mac Knight
I am praying for you at this difficult time
Denise Holcombe
Oh Penny I am so sorry. I am afraid my New year's Toast "what's next" is coming forth in loosing awesome friends and family. Tom and I have loved you all these years I just wish there was something we could do to ease your grief.. Willie Nelson says it all " It's not something you get over.. It's something you get through". It makes a lot of sense..I send you lots of love prayers . Your family is there beside you . i know they will be your support and strength forever at this sad time. Much love Allene and Tom Ball Always your forever friends..
Allene Ball
We are so sad to hear of your great loss, Penny. Our hearts are with you. We love you.
Micki Sue and Jim