I never really knew my aunt Brenda. I know that sounds horrible but the truth is the truth. I think she was a very independent person that only wanted certain people in her life. Two memories come to mind when I think of my aunt Brenda.
Since I was a shy child my parents had dropped me off to stay with Brenda one evening while they went somewhere. I don’t know where they had gone but this was when Brenda was still living with mamaw and papaw. Brenda was in the front room watching TV and I slipped in the backdoor. I quietly crawled over mamaw’s bed and slipped between the bed and the wall. I eventually fell asleep back there and was there until mom and dad came back by to get me.
They were pretty upset with me, and Brenda was really upset as well. “What if the house caught on fire?”
You know that warning you see on TV, “Don’t try this at home.”? Yea, kids, don’t do that.
Another memory I have is that “Teetsie” was the first person to take me to the movies. I still remember that for some reason. She took me to the Palace Theater and we saw E.T. We actually talked about it on the way home and how she thought it was a creepy movie.
Having MS was devastating to her. She felt as if she had done all the right things in her life but, she was cursed with this horrible disease. The reason we are afflicted with these things is usually unknown but, one day we will understand the why. As Paul wrote about his affliction in 2 Cor 12:1-6; we know that it was a benefit to keep him from boasting about the visions and revelations he would have.
Love each other. Care for each other. Don’t feel as if you’re a burden on someone.
Brenda S. Best, passed away at age 58 on Monday, February 11, 2019. She enjoyed her Sunday School class at Fairview United Methodist Church and was retired from McGhee Tyson Airport.
Survivors included mother, Mamie Sue Best; brothers, Ben Best and wife Elizabeth, Roger Best and wife Joyce; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday at Carpenters United Methodist Church with Rev. Mickey Rainwater officiating. The interment will be immediately following at Carpenters Campground Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Carpenters United Methodist Church on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carpenters United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall or Parsonage, 3538 Best Road, Maryville, TN 37803 or Fairview United Methodist Church, 2508 Old Niles Ferry Rd, Maryville, TN 37803 or to any Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.