Live: Procession, funeral service for North Myrtle Beach officer happening today

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – A procession and funeral services for fallen North Myrtle Beach Sgt. Gordon William Best will be held on Friday.

Sgt. Best died on New Year’s Day in a crash on Highway 17.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. at the Alabama Theatre with Chaplain Jay Ortiz and Chaplain William McLeod officiating. Committal services, with Masonic Rites, will follow at Southern Palm Memorial Gardens in North Myrtle Beach. The funeral procession begins at noon from the Goldfinch Funeral Home in Conway to the Alabama Theatre.

A giant TV screen will be set up in the section of the Alabama Theater parking lot closest to the House of Blues for live video viewing of the funeral. The funeral also will air live via this link.

The communty has been paying tribute to Sgt. Best by bringing flowers, notes and food to the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety. A 12-year-old also honored Sgt. Best by running a mile in his memory. An artist also created a portrait as a way to remember the fallen officer.

A fundraiser for Sgt. Best’s family has already surpassed its goal of $40,000. To donate, click here.

Sgt. Best was 30 years old. To read his obituary, click here.

Count on News13 as we continue to remember Sgt. Best.

Here is the order of service for the funeral:

WELCOME – Chaplain Jay Ortiz
INVOCATION – Chaplain William McLeod
REMARKS – Police Chief Tommy Dennis
SOLO – “In the Garden” – Greg Rowles
REMEMBRANCE FROM A FAMILY FRIEND – Orbie Smith
COMMAND REMEMBRANCE – Sgt. Carrie Rose
COMMAND REMEMBRANCE – Lt. Dana Crowell 
SOLO – “Jealous of the Angels” – Greg Rowles
MESSAGE OF HOPE – Chaplain Jay Ortiz
SOLO – “Go Rest High on that Mountain” – Greg Rowles
BELL CEREMONY – Fire Chief Garry Spain and Honor Guard
BENEDICTION – Reverend Richard Wilson
FLAG PRESENTATION – Police Chief Tommy Dennis
LAST CALL
DISMISSAL

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