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John C. Bestman (“Winneboy”)

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me” - ERMA BOMBECK

It is with heavy hearts that the Bestman, Yates, Brown, Cooper, Jackson families announce the home going of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin, John C. Bestman (“Winneboy”) on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, in Seattle, WA, USA, after a protracted illness.

Winneboy, who was also affectionately known as “Eldora” and “Quito”, was a wonderful and gentle person who was always willing to help anyone with whom he came into contact. Because he found God at an early age, Winneboy lived a blessed life and was always surrounded by people who treasured his friendship.

Winneboy was predeceased by his father, Charles; his mother, Ada; his brother: Anthony and his sister: Darling. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving and dedicated wife, Nannie Mabel; his children: Nuch, Albertha, Wayme (Stephen), Nannie, Edna and Nseka; his grandchildren: Mark, Patrick, Saige-Ade, Shadie and Edwin; his brothers: Bill (Esther), Solomon, Steven and Varney; his sisters: Mornia, Louise, Edna (Astra), Hattie, Mengee, Korto , his childhood friends Louis Roberts, Patrick Sackor; Clay Andrews, Jonathan Demison and a host of uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Events to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Winnieboy are as follows:

Celebration of Life:
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Seattle, Washington – Venue TBD
10:00am (viewing begins at 10:30am) 

Celebration of Life:
Private viewing (Family only)
Friday, September 30, 2016 –Stryker Funeral Parlor at 11:00 am
Interment - Saturday, October 01, 2016
Service at the First Baptist Church of Louisiana, Montserrado County
9:00 am (viewing after service)


  • Nannie Mabel -  (253) 307-2939
  • Nuch McBarrough - (206) 290-1808 
  • Edna Yates Togbah -   (206) 458-4159
  •  Bill Yates  (571)-455-9268


  • Mornia Yates  - 231-8865-42070
  • Louis Roberts – 231-8865-19953

Friends and sympathizers wishing to make contributions can do so at the Bank of America account # 4350-4018-3222