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Obituary For Berthadale Best

Berthadale (Harvey) Best, 91, of Surf City, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 1, 2023 at her home. Born in Rillton, PA on Tuesday, December 15, 1931 to the late Don Mooney and Florence (Harvey) Mooney, she was the first born of seven. She was the widow of Thomas Don Best, Sr. who was the love of her life.

Berthadale had an accomplished career in Real Estate as a Broker and Appraiser, having worked for ERA Bryson and Associates and Kinco Real Estate and Building Company; she also served as a former President of the NC Board of Realtors. Alongside her husband, she ran Sands Tavern and Game Room in Surf City where she became famous for her wontons with hot mustard sauce.

Berthadale was an avid puzzle worker who enjoyed challenging herself with puzzles that had 2000+ pieces, working on them for hours at a time. She also had a love for playing bingo and macramé sewing. Her faith was important to her, she was a member of the Church of God Church in Holly Ridge, NC.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Dale Best and her husband, Luther Van Deusen of Surf City; son, Thomas D. Best, Jr. and his wife, Hester of Strawberry Plains, TN; grandchildren, Courtney Campbell of Sneads Ferry, Tristen King and his wife, Rachel of Green Cove Springs, FL, and Samantha Lowenthal and her husband, Duncan of Soddy Daisy, TN; great-grandchildren, Ty King, Leo King, and Audrey Lowenthal; sister, Patty Hendricks of TN; niece, Berthadale "Bert" Holt, who has her namesake; and her beloved dog, Sugar.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Florence Fitzpatrick and Dorothy Myer; brothers, Robert Harvey and Chuck Harvey; niece, Robin; and her dog-daughter, Mya.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, June 5, 2023 at 5:30 at the Church of God , located at 1011 East Ocean Rd Holly Ridge NC 28445.

To know Berthadale was to know her witty and sarcastic sense of humor, she was a straight shooter with a flirty personality. She will be forever missed by all who loved and knew her.

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Coastal Cremations of Jacksonville is serving the family.


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