Kellie Sue Best

kellie best

January 4, 1975 ~ September 3, 2022

Born in: Lockhaven, PA
Resided in: Acworth, GA

Kellie Sue Fleck Best drew her last breath on Saturday, September 3 rd 2022, surrounded by loved ones both in person and on several phones, with the sound of Amazing Grace playing softly in the background. She fought a valiant fight against colon cancer for almost three full years after doctors at one point only gave her one and a half to two years. She faced both the cancer and heavy anxiety with sheer determination, rooted in her faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends, and many supporters.

Kellie was born on January 4th, 1974 to Robert and Sarah (Sally) Fleck (Gilham) in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, the only child outside of her multiple fur brothers Pepsi, Bailey, and Ike.

Kellie had a creative heart and mind, and would use that gift to serve her family, loved ones, friends, and others at church or in her neighborhood. She was a skilled cook, baker, and cake decorator, and her family and friends were fortunate to be the frequent beneficiaries of her love and care this way. She was ever ready and willing to try new crafts and develop new talents, from wreath-making to painting and beyond. Her family will cherish having these reminders of her skills around them for years to come. Kellie’s family is enthusiastic sports fans and although she wasn’t as loud as her husband, she was always cheering on her Nittany Lions, Steelers, Penguins, and especially the Atlanta Madhatters.

Kellie will be most remembered for her love and devotion to her family and friends. She valued keeping in touch with friends and loved ones near and far, and they will all remember her beautiful and infectious laugh; which was always at the ready, and her steady support and kindness. Her two greatest joys were her boys Liam and Janson, who got away with a lot from their mommy. She could be strict, but always had a soft spot for them.

Most importantly, Kellie truly loved her God. From the ministries of Campus Crusade for Christ, Young Life, ROCK, to Mecklenburg Community Church, she worked to love and serve God and the community. Though her faith was tested in her final years, she was confident in God’s love for her and the promise of eternal life. Her loved ones take comfort in this promise despite her time on earth feeling too short. Some people just finish early.

She is survived by Dave Best, her husband of more than twenty years, and sons Liam and Janson Best of Acworth, Georgia, as well as her mother Sarah and father Robert Fleck both of State College, Pennsylvania, Mother and Father-in-law Merrell and Kay Best of Statesville, North Carolina, sister-in-law Lisa Best of Salisbury, North Carolina, and her forever friends Erin Broussard of Spring City, Pennsylvania, Amy Forbes of Ames, Iowa, Erin Antonsen of Mooresville, North Carolina, Jamie Andersen of Davidson, North Carolina, and Candy Benson, Ragan Kernan, and Jennifer Praser all of Acworth, Georgia.

And finally, if you’d like a way to honor Kellie’s memory, invest in your friendships. As stated above, Kellie put a lot of time and effort into her relationships. She nurtured those she loved with care, humor, and her many talents. She used her one life to put others first by investing into them. She would be thrilled to know others loved more intentionally because of her legacy.

There will be two celebrations of life from which to choose.
-Westridge Church – Dallas, GA – September 14 @1:00 pm.
-Mecklenburg Community Church – Charlotte, NC – October 1 @10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for contributions to be made to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Manal says:

    May her soul rest in peace.

  2. Lafayette says:

    May Dave and family be at peace and know that now there is an angle looking over the family…

  3. Ray & Cindy S says:

    Thoughts and Prayers with you all.

  4. Randy Artis says:

    Praying for Dave and family for peace of mind through this difficult time. Her soul lives on!!

  5. The Main Family says:

    She will be missed beyond measure, but we are so thankful to know that she with with her Father in heaven and completely pain free. Much love to all the Best Family.

  6. Joel says:

    The picture of Kellie embodies all the love and joy of God that she had and gave, our lives are forever better because of Kellie, Dave – we love you and and lifting up you and your boys

  7. Michele Covert says:

    Your girl…that infectious smile and her laugh! Her dry sense of humor…I can just hear her voice in some of the conversations you had (when she kept the pill under her tongue ☺️). She loved you so much and you loved her so well! Dave there are no words we can say to comfort your heart, but we deeply love you and are praying for you all! I know we’re far away, but we’re a phone call away and you’re always welcome to come and visit with the boys. I’m thankful you are celebrating all the beautiful things about her! The picture above made my heart tear up over her beauty. Thankful that you have a community that loves you all. God has her fully whole but I know her heart breaks for you- so does His. But He so deeply loves you and desires that somehow you’ll see His Presence and love even in the midst of your hurt and pain. Know you are loved, we are here for you all and her heart continues through you and the boys.

  8. Debra Salter says:

    In my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Angela Gressley says:

    There are no words.

    Sending much love from my family to yours. I’m so sorry you are going thru this. Cancer effin sucks. 😞

  10. Tami Adams says:

    I had the pleasure to know Kellie from Lowes when she first moved to NC. She was a pleasure in every way! Praying today for her wonderful husband, precious boys and the rest of the family. I know she is rejoicing. No more pain, sweet Kellie!

  11. Michael Anderson says:

    Forever my bud stop buddy from Houserville. You had a beautiful smile and soul and was one of the nicest, kindest people I know. My god bless your family and love ones, Rest in peace Kelly.

  12. Cindy Bittner says:

    I will forever remember all the fun we had floating in Kellie’s pool, sharing laughs, and putting Sun-in in our hair during our high school summers. Such sweet memories. Kellie was an amazing and she will forever be in my heart, as will her parents, Dave, and the boys. Prayers of comfort and peace.

  13. Darlene Richards says:

    My prayers are with you and your family

  14. Nick Thompson says:

    My condolences to both the Best and Fleck families.

  15. Janis Gilham says:

    Sorry for your loss. I will miss you, cousin.

  16. Jennifer Purpus says:

    Dearest Dave, Liam, and Jansen,

    May the Lord bless you and keep you during this time of grief. My thoughts, prayers, and heart are with you all.

  17. Jason Majchszak says:

    Dave and family,

    Sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. Barry Rickman says:

    Dave, you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers since I found out. May God rest her soul and comfort you and your family.

  19. Jen Schmittle says:

    Rest In Peace Kellie! Gone way too soon. You are loved by so many. I pray for peace and comfort for Dave, Liam, and Janson.

  20. Carol Ashe says:

    To David and sons, your hearts hemorrhage at the loss of your Kellie, as well as the hearts of her parents and your parents each grieving. Our God will give you strength to place one foot in front of the other. In awkwardness voices will say “get over it!”… trust me LOVE you never get over. God will help you lift your feet and show you how to live again. When all is quiet, reach out to HIM. He will amaze you with His presence, love and guidance. My prayers for each.

  21. Patricia A. Kelly says:

    I didn’t know Kellie but I sure do know Dave and had the pleasure of meeting the boys. I am so sorry for the loss in this family and am praying for strength and comfort as you go through the process.

  22. Cindi Davis says:


    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  23. Holly Calvert says:

    Sending healing energy to you Dave and your boys. Deepest sympathy for your loss.

  24. Rebecca Correa says:

    I am so sorry for you loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts! Sending love.

  25. drew Sousa says:

    I am so sorry for your loss Dave and will keep you and your family in my prayers. Peace and Love to you all.

  26. Donna Young says:

    Prayers and hugs for the family. God Bless this beautiful soul!

  27. Penny says:

    So sad to see this news. Our prayers are with the family. Taken way too soon. Your laugh and smile will forever warm my heart.

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