Joe L. Best of Seaford passed away on Feb. 4, 2024. He was born on Oct. 14, 1941, in Southwest Washington, D.C. to Noah and Mary Best.  

Joe retired from the Methodist Manor House after more than 25 years of service as a gifted painter. He enjoyed cooking, fishing, playing cards, and taking care of homeless cats. He was kind and gentle with a child-like spirit.  

He was married to Delores “Dee” Best, who passed after many years together. Later in life, he met Emily Elswick, his loving companion of over 20 years, who preceded him in death as well. 

Joe is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including Joyce Byers (David “Smiley”), Tubby, Wanda, Ralph, and Elaine, as well as Emily’s children; several of whom he lovingly referred to as his stepchildren: Michael Justice (Mary), Glenn Elswick (Peggy), Robin Ness (Bill), Bonnie Moore and Mark Justice (Debbie).

Joe was predeceased by his parents as well as seven brothers, George, Harold, Walter, Noah, Charlie, and Earl, and a stillborn baby boy; and three sisters, Ellen “Queenie”, Louise and Delores “Sissy.”

No services will take place at this time. If you would like to donate in Joe’s honor, please give to your local SPCA or Humane Society.