Remembering James Best

 

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Letters:


Hi Steve,

I was just perusing through the obit comments on the James Best web page, and I couldn't help but remember when "Jimmie" aka Rosco came to Chattanooga TN (late 70's or early 80's) as the star attraction for the annual World of Wheels event. I was a rookie cop on 3rd shift for the City of Red Bank then, and we only had one place to eat on the midnight shift - the Orange Hut. Wouldn't you know that "Jimmie" showed up with his entourage about the time we took our "lunch" break one night. Obviously we were all "Rosco" fans back in the day, and immediately struck up a conversation with him. We learned that Jimmie was a collector of police patches, and my buddy, Sgt Larry Taylor immediately ran home, and returned with a couple of Red Bank PD patches which were well received by our new found friend. We thoroughly enjoyed the brief interaction with Sheriff Roscoe, and the encounter was something I will always remember. The purpose of this e-mail is nothing more than reflection, and if you see fit to share with the family - feel free. I can say for me personally, I will always be a James Best fan .... just like the cars of yesteryear, "they don't make 'em like they used to"! 

Sincerely,

Steve Kirkpatrick

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I just found out, and I wanted you to relay my regards to his family.   My son and I are vivid fans, and we have one of his paintings in his room.   Great Actor!    Wonderful show, that is still around.   My son (18 at the time) now he is 20, he could not believe that I knew the show when it came around on reruns.  It was a comical reaction – never forget

 

May God Bless everyone!

 

Debbie Davis

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I grew up watching the dukes and James best was a awesome actor he always made me laugh. He was family to billions. He will be  dearly missed. Prayers and thoughts to the Best Family. Thank you James for always being there for us when we needed to smile.    - Anna Myers

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Hi Steve,

I was just perusing through the obit comments on the James Best web page, and I couldn't help but remember when "Jimmie" aka Rosco came to Chattanooga TN (late 70's or early 80's) as the star attraction for the annual World of Wheels event. I was a rookie cop on 3rd shift for the City of Red Bank then, and we only had one place to eat on the midnight shift - the Orange Hut. Wouldn't you know that "Jimmie" showed up with his entourage about the time we took our "lunch" break one night. Obviously we were all "Rosco" fans back in the day, and immediately struck up a conversation with him. We learned that Jimmie was a collector of police patches, and my buddy, Sgt Larry Taylor immediately ran home, and returned with a couple of Red Bank PD patches which were well received by our new found friend. We thoroughly enjoyed the brief interaction with Sheriff Roscoe, and the encounter was something I will always remember. The purpose of this e-mail is nothing more than reflection, and if you see fit to share with the family - feel free. I can say for me personally, I will always be a James Best fan .... just like the cars of yesteryear, "they don't make 'em like they used to"! 

Sincerely,

Steve Kirkpatrick

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Good morning Mr. Latshaw,



     Sir I wanted to say how very sorry that I was to hear of the passing of Mr. James Best. And I sat down and wrote a blog post in tribute to him that I would like to share with his family and friends, and I am hoping that you would be kind enough to share it.


I very much appreciated reading the obituary that you wrote for Mr. Best on his website. It was truly informative and very appropriate of him.


He was one of my heroes growing up, and I dearly loved watching him act. Truly an amazing man, and a real treat.


Please give his family and friends my best, and let them know that I am praying for them. 


https://bigdog187.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/i-lost-a-hero-rip-jimmie-best-by-david-davidson/


 

Regards,

David R. Davidson

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My name is Peggy Guy I am the daughter of Jewel’s older brother Nobel Lewis Guy. Jewel was the last survivor of the brothers’ and sister of the Guy family.  He had many nieces and nephews and many more great nieces and nephews and we would all like his family to know that our prayers are with his wife and children.  I was ten years old and with my Dad when he first meet with Jewel when him and the Dukes of Hazard crew made an appearance at a fair in Knoxville Tennessee.  It was truly a wonderful thing to see the brothers united after many years. I still have the many pictures that were took that day.  I don’t know what his family knows’ of us but if they would ever like to see them tell them they are more then welcome to get in touch with me, I would be glad to send them a copy of them.  Again my prayers are with his love ones.


Sincerely

Peggy Guy Lakins

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Hello, My name is John Valle.


The other day, I was running around like I usually do just trying to keep things going for myself and my family. I had not really watched television or got on the internet for a few days. I turned on the television and saw a brief picture of James Best followed by some sad music and what appeared to be born and passing dates. I went to my computer and was typing in Mr. Best's name when it finished it for me saying he had passed away.


I was looking through a few different links when I came across one that said "Obituary for James Best" So I clicked on it.


I read through everything from top to bottom skipping nothing. I am writing this letter now to tell and thank whomever wrote and/or put this obituary together. They did a wonderful job. James Best did so much in his life. To write about every little thing that he accomplished would be impossible but the writer and/or person that put this obituary together has somehow been able to capture it in such a concise manner. I am sure that Mr. Best had many friends. To see that some of their heartfelt messages were added to this obituary was very touching. I would very much also like to thank each and everyone of them.


As someone who has watched Mr. Best throughout the years and has really enjoyed his work, I really appreciate what you have done for him, his family, his friends and his fans. As a fan, I did not know him. I could not call him and talk old times. But what I could and did do was support him by watching his movies and television shows. I could also share this enjoyment I had with others. My 11 and 5 year olds know his name.  I did all of these things because I believe that when you see someone that really enjoys what they do, it can rub off. It can make you feel good as well as change your out look on things. That is really important I believe.


People like Mr. Best are few and far between. In the world today, everything seems to go by so fast. It seems that nobody likes to focus on what's important anymore. Who is with who or who said what at some award show seems to be the top news. I am very saddened by Mr. Best's passing. However, I am brought up and encouraged by this obituary believe it or not. Obviously you knew Mr. Best or were in his circle of friends and to that, I give my most heartfelt condolences and I am very sorry for your loss. 


Thank you so much for sharing, creating and posting this obituary. For the people who truly appreciated this man and his life work as I do, it gave us all some closing. Thank you.


Rest in Peace James Best.


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I cannot begin to express how saddened I feel by the loss of Jimmie. He was a

magnificent actor, a very talented guy - and a real warm, genuine sincere man. I

only wish I could have met him personally. My first recollection of Jimmie was

as the bumbling yet adorable Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane of “The Dukes Of

Hazzard”, which I first saw as a young boy; when the show was first aired.



I became more aware of his work from his numerous appearances in Western

films and guest roles in TV series episodes where he was often cast as a

convincing bad guy, whose sheer presence alone could steal the lime light from

the leading man. The two episodes of the Twilight Zone in which Jimmie appears

are awesome; and are without doubt rated as amongst the best episodes of the

entire series. Jimmy was indeed the “Best” at everything he turned his hand to:-

Play writing, painting, acting, producing, directing , poetry and teaching. I

just love his song “My Dog Flash” which Jimmie made for the 1981 “Hazzard” cast album.


Years ago I was surprised to learn that Jimmie was the first cousin

to Don and Phil Everly, best known to the world as The Everly Brothers.

My sympathies and condolences go out to Dorothy and all members of the Best and Everly families on their lost.


Jimmie was one of kind. I would like to thank

him from the bottom of my heart for all those happy and cherished memories he

bought to my child hood as the lovable Roscoe,

and for all the pleasure and entertainment he has brought to me in his numerous other roles over the years.


R.I.P. Mr Best.


Yours Sincerely,


Stephen Ford.


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