He was born June 7, 1921, in Lee Coounty, Va., and was the son of the late Samuel Locke and Mary Kate Britton. The youngest of 11 children, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was stationed in Germany and France. In 1943, he was united in marriage to Marie Bennett; and in August 1944 their only child, Tommie Gail Britton, was born.
At the time of his retirement 22 years ago, he was employed by Kentucky Stone Company as a superintendent. He was an avid golfer and loved to farm and garden. He loved his wife, daughter and son-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren dearly. He was a member of the Walnut Hill Baptist Church in Ewing, Va.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marie B. Britton; daughter, Gail B. Fortner; and 10 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include two granddaughters: Wesley Fortner Fuller and her husband Joseph E. Fuller and their son, Charles Fletcher Fuller of Knoxville, Tenn.; and Rel Ann Fortner Barker and her husband John D. Barker, and their sonm John Britton Barkerm of Nashville, Tenn. He is also survived by a son-in-law, Charles W. Fortner of Kingsport, Tenn.; and various nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Walnut Hill Baptist Church with Revs. Kenny Gilliam and George Walker presiding.
Interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Harrogate Cemetery. Full military honors will be given by the American Legion Dewey Guy Post # 14.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Walnut Hill Baptist Church.
Creech Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is in charge of all arrangements.