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Arlen Leon Best was born October 6, 1961 in Enid, Oklahoma to Bobbie and Dilcie Best. He accepted Christ at a very early age and entered the ministry and was recognized in his community as a young leader in the music ministry and evangelism.
Arlen graduated from Enid High School in 1979 and went on to Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. Arlen earned multiple degrees including a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry, Bachelor of Arts in Religion with a Cognate in Apologetics, Master of Arts in Leadership, Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. At the time of his passing, he was in the process of completing his PhD in Management with a Cognate in Leadership and Organization Strategies.
As the founder of All Nations Cathedral Church, he traveled around the globe. This experience afforded him the blessing and opportunity to create many long-lasting business relationships and friendships. He was a beloved father, brother, grandfather, uncle, cousin and an exceptional friend to many.
Arlen leaves behind to mourn his death, his parents Bobbie Leon and Dilcie Marie Best; his son, Bryce A. Best and his wife, Lakin, along with their two sons, Zaydan and Zerrik; his two sisters, LaTina Best and Dawn Best and brother, Christian Seal; his two nephews, Addison Dillahunty and Noah Williams and two great nephews, Elijah Best and Apollo Best; his great niece, Autumn Williams and best friend, Michael Johnson. He also leaves to mourn him an incredible entourage of devoted friends, relatives and ministerial friends.
Renita Bennett says
I’m so sorry family, this is such a difficult time, love you guys, my thoughts and condolences are with you.
Fannie Morris says
Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.
Lillian Williams says
Arlen was a gift that God allowed us to share. Best Family, I just wanted to remind you that this is not all there is. One day our tears will be wiped away. Our pain will be completely gone. There will be no more sorrow, no more goodbyes. God will put death to death. Until then we will continue to put our hope, faith and trust in our God, who does all things well. Love you all so much♥️Rev. 21:4
Shaun D. House says
The name “Arlen Best” had a specific meaning to me – just as many of us have automatic reactions to certain music, songs, food dishes, or places. To me, the name “Arlen Best” meant (and still means) “education,” which is evidenced in his biography.
Yes, I am aware of his commitment to his faith and music ministry. I am also aware of his business acumen; many of may remember his endeavors into the Worm Farm business many, many years ago. But all of this was undergirded by his voracious appetite and passion for knowledge and the educational journey itself.
My most striking memory, of Arlen, was when I was beginning high school and he was going off to college; he told me he was going to be a Professional Student. At first I was shocked and horrified that anyone would want to go to school for the rest of their life. Then, I slowly began to understand.
In fact, after that, I spent most of my life in some form of academic institution – continuing my education. We even discussed this relatively recently, as he was beginning his PhD program.
He was telling me how much i inspired him to continue studying. At first, I was dumbfounded, but then I became flabbergasted. Yes, I said flabbergasted – that was for Arlen; he liked those big, pretty words and I just figured out a way to use this one twice.
ANYWAY…I then went on to remind him of this very same story and helped him to understand that he was, in fact, one of my greatest motivators.
Let’s just call it – reciprocity. There…I did it again; another word for Arlen.
Leo Dance says
I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Wander Carter says
I am lost for words my friend and mentor. Left me I miss our talks everyday. You been with me through the most difficult time of my life. Never thought you would leave me. You was my best friend and I going miss you like crazy. But to be absent from the body is to present with the lord. Take your rest buddy. Your ride or die friend
Lance Lee says
When there’s death, there’s also life. Remember the teachings your father has installed in you and pass it on to your kids then your kids will do the same. Be strong and carry on his legacy.
Sheletha Mitchell Ramsey says
Arlen was very talented. My deepest condolences to all of you. He will be greatly missed.
The mock misner families says
We are so sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers are with your families at this time along with embracing hugs
Missionary Raye Parker says
Arlen a Musician of Musicians. A kind and gentle soul. Like a Son to me ,or him younger brother. He Played and I sang ,visiting many Churches in his earlier time. Thank you for your Talent,and the willingness to share.
Jean Bell says
Prayer going out to the family from Bell and the Phillips family you will stay in prayer love you’ll
Heidi Swan says
🌹Arlen could play the piano beautifully. Saw him last year at a wedding in OKC. Had not seen him since high school before that. He was a respectful young man in high school. Will miss his fab post as well. Prayers for the family🌹
Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Duckett says
Prayers for the Best family in this time of bereavement.
Sending condolences, hugs and love. ❤🙏🏿
Lisa House says
I was saddened by this news, and then I recalled how Arlen, my husband, Shaun, and all of our family taught me about ‘home-going.’ I did not know Arlen closely, but I know how connected his family–especially grands, cousins, and aunts and uncles–is. I love and mourn with everyone and am comforted knowing that Arlen is home, in God’s loving arms.
Michelle Swiney-McCombs says
Condolences to the best family in the loss of your beloved son, brother and father. May God continue to bless and watch over your family. All my Love to the Best Family
Dawn & Family,
My deepest condolences to all of you, may the Lord give you strength and peace in your heart and soul as you grieve in your own kind of way. Cherish the memories.
Thelma Nadine Thomas says
I sent my love prayers and sympathy to the family
Thelma Nadine Thomas of Ceres Ca, daughter of Sister Catherine Johnson and the late Elder James Johnson of Ponca City Okla
Shirley Jackson says
So sorry for your loss. His life was short but so well lived. I did not know him but I know the family,Mrs Delcie, Tina and Dawn. Such loving Creations. I know what it’s like to lose loved ones. I do know I’m better because I loved them but I still miss them so much.As we reach deep within our soul, we can connect with the ever- present spirit that heals our deepest pain. He will never abandone us. Be Still and know that I am GOD!!!
john campbell says
My heart is Heavy, much love to his family.
JOHN & TYANN CAMPBELL