Harold Best Sr., 68, owner of auto body shop

September 21, 2002

Harold Best Sr., founder and owner of Harold's Auto Body Shop in Baltimore, died of pneumonia at Perry Point VA Medical Center in Cecil County. He was 68.

Born in Clinton, N.C., Mr. Best attended Sampson High School and joined the Army in 1951. He was stationed in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1954 as a private first class.

Mr. Best moved to Baltimore in 1956, worked at Bethlehem Steel for 12 years and at Jarman Pontiac for two years. In 1970, he opened his body shop at 2011 Aisquith St. He began semi-retirement in 1995 as he fought heart disease and cancer. He closed the shop several months ago.

Mr. Best was a member of the Mason's Jedihiah Lodge No. 121 at 1640 Gorsuch Ave. and Ark Baptist Church in Baltimore.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, 1263 E. North Ave.

Mr. Best is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Martha Powell; a daughter, Dorothy A. Coleman of San Antonio; two sons, Harold Best Jr. of Baltimore and Gregory Best of New Bern, N.C.; 10 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

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