Ruby “Honey” Williams Best passed away on Friday, September 28, 2018, in Tyler, TX surrounded by her family. She was born September 15, 1933, to Richard and Irma Jimmerson Williams in Ruston, LA.
After graduating from Ruston High School she continued her studies while working at Southern Bell Telephone Co. She always loved having a job, her first being in retail at the age of 15. She and Lewis married August 9, 1952, and were married 65 years. This was after he graduated from Louisiana Tech and was playing baseball.
The couple moved to Marshall in 1957 when Lewis accepted a job with Morton Thiokol. Honey worked at Wisemans for many years and loved it! She then went on to work for M.I.S.D. retiring after 23 years. Honey worked in the same classroom for 22 years with Grace Washington. They were two that loved and enjoyed working together.
Honey was a dedicated member of Bel Air Baptist Church. She served many years as the Food and Fellowship Chairman as well as on other committees. She and Lewis recently joined Fairview Baptist Church and were very happy with their new church and church family. Honey was a proud member of the Texas Retired Teachers, and a former member of the Literary Club, and the Town and Country Homemakers Club. She served as a Marshall Ambassador and loved Marshalls ‘Wonderland of Lights’ where she was a volunteer tour guide showing Marshall off to hundreds of visitors. She continued until her health enabled her no longer to do so.
Honey was preceded in death by her son, Charley; parents, Irma and Richard Williams; in-laws, Bessie and Homer Best; brother-in-law, Phil Zachry; and a nephew, Mark Zachry. She is survived by her husband, Lewis; son, Michael Best; daughters-in-law, Connie and Ronna Best; five grandchildren who were “the Best” , Lindsay Best Walker and husband Jeff, Blake Best and wife Whitney, Haley Best, Zach Ebert and Maddie Ebert; two of the “Best, Best” great-grandsons, Jude Charles Walker and Charley Best; sister, Peggy Zachry; two nephews, Tony and Steven Zachry; and her three “J’s” , Jerelyn, Jeni, and Jane; her dear friend, Sylvia Jackson; as well as many other wonderful friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the Colonial Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home. Rev. Johnny Phillips will officiate, assisted by Bro. Dick Sawyer and Rev. Jim Houston. Visitation will be held Monday evening at the funeral home from 5:00 until 7:00 PM. A private graveside service will be at the Simsboro Cemetery in Simsboro, LA.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Jackson, Larry Flowers, Taylor Bounds, Steven Zachry, Joe Williams, Tony Zachry, Jerry Best and Brooks Bryant.
Honey absolutely loved flowers but for those that prefer donations, her favorite charity was the American Cancer Society.