Rita Joe Best Streepey

Obituary Notice

Rita Joe Best Streepey, Age 82 of Little Rock passed away on September 18, 2004. She was born on June 20, 1922 in Texarkana to the late Hazy Faye and Joe Wheeler Best. Her husband, John Paul Streepey, Jr., and son John Paul Streepey, III preceded her in death.

Rita was assistant manager at Moses Melody Shop and later in sales at M.M. Cohn's.

Survivors include a brother, John Hardin Best of Asheville, North Carolina; three daughters, Nancy S. Hinkle of Panama City Beach, Florida; Camille S. Goff of Dallas, Texas; and Allison Streepey of Little Rock; and son Joseph William "Bill" Streepey of Hot Springs; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A private family memorial will be held at Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arkansas Hospice Center, 5600 West 12th Street, Little Rock.

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  • Dear Allison & Bill-- My thoughts and prayers are with you. There's never a right time...
    Debbie Erwin
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Rita and I worked for Moses. Johnnie, Allison and Bill were just little kids. Nancy and Camille were older and not at home. I once kidded Rita, I asked her if she was Catholic, and she said "No, just passionate Protestant." At that time I didn't know many people with 5 children.
    Jim Pence
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    Email: jim1523@aristotle.net
  • Dear Allison, My prayers are with you. Your mother was a special lady.
    Susan Camp McCauley 
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • My heart goes out to you Allison and your family. There are some people in life that she never be allowed to pass because just knowing they are here makes the world a happier place. I loved your Mom as if she were my own. I will never forget all of our times at the book store, and having lunch at Frankes, and the visits at the apartment. I enjoyed your Moms stories and her quick wit. Just like losing my Father last year, nothing is easy especially this time of the year .. but we have to know that they are in a better place and are not having to deal with their struggles anymore. My prayers go out to you and your family. I can see "Mom" smiling and telling funny stories in Heaven.
    Nelson Chenault 
    Little Rock, Arkansas 
    Email: jnchenault@aol.com