Agnes L. Best
Agnes Louise Best, 94, of Uvalde died on March 16, 2017, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home in Woodville, followed by a graveside service at the Magnolia Cemetery. She was born on June 23, 1922, in Crete to Reba (Horn) and John Coleman Ray. She graduated from Milby High School in Houston in 1938, at the age of 16. She then began working at Nagorny Construction Company, while attending Massey Business College. She then went to work for Hughes Tool Company/ Dickson Gun Plant Division in Houston where she met her future husband, Paul Howell Best. She married him on July 23, 1944, in Houston. The couple was married for 51 years before his death on July 26, 1995. In 1955, she went to work for Keystone Valve Corp. where she learned to operate a computerized IBM 632 Electronic Typing Calculator. The family says there were only three companies in Houston that had that particular computer at that time. Best retired from Keystone in 1971. She then began working in the registrar’s office at Houston Baptist University where she remained until 1976 when the couple moved to Bryan. In 1976, the couple started Twin City Appliance, where she worked in sales and bookkeeping and made deliveries. They sold the business in 1984. The family says Best was a top-notch seamstress and loved doing handwork including crocheting, needlepoint, crewel, cross-stitch, and quilting; she began piecing quilts when she was 18 months old under the supervision of her paternal grandmother, Sarah Jane Ray. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Order of the Eastern Star. The family says when their daughters were young, she and her husband were active in the youth department at the West University Baptist Church in Houston, teaching Sunday School classes, going on youth trips as counselors and opening their home for youth socials, where everyone loved her homemade ice cream. Best is survived by three daughters, Paulette Harris and husband, Emmett, of Uvalde, and Laura Lanette Robertson and husband, Garland, and Jeanette Tucker Witte and husband, Jack, all of Longmont, Colorado; four grandchildren, Ronny Harris and wife, Kim, Kurt Harris and wife, Melody, Amanda Bybee and husband, Chris, and Matthew Buehler; six great-grandchildren, Rileigh Harris, Jackson Harris, Lily Harris, Lainey Harris, Jocelyn Bybee, and Jack Henry Bybee; two brothers, Dudley Ray of Spring and Billy Ray of Groveton; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Nina Burkhart; and three brothers, Truitt Ray, Buel Ray, and Mack Ray. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to El Progreso Memorial Library, 301 W. Main St., Uvalde, TX, 78801; or Uvalde Hospice, 1038 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX, 78801.