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Douglas MacArthur “Mack”

LaGrange, GA – Douglas MacArthur “Mack”,75, passed away Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at home following a battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Rita Ussery Best of Lagrange, GA, 3 children, Timothy M. Best (Sheila) of Pine Mountain, GA, Shelley Best of West Point, GA, and Jennie White (Kerry) of Belton, SC; 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and his mother, Mary Skipper Best of Birmingham, AL. Mack was born April 24,1942 in Dothan, AL to Kermit K. Best and Mary Skipper Best.

Graduating from Jordan High School in Columbus, GA in 1960, he earned a cosmetology degree circa 1961.He met his 1st wife Janice (Turner) Best during this time and they opened a beauty salon together .

Mack also excelled in the craft of woodworking discovering his passion as a luthier in later years. He created beautiful guitars that sounded just as lovely. As his health failed, he turned his creativity to painting with watercolor.

Mack was an avid reader who enjoyed a lifetime of learning and instilling inspiration in his children. He was affiliated with NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC in the last 6 months of his life.