Melvin Curtis "Cookie" Britt Battle Creek Melvin Curtis "Cookie" Britt of Battle Creek, Michigan died on February 1, 2013, in Select Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was born in Gary, Indiana, on June 19, 1945 to Betty (Slackman) and Matthew Britt. He attended Gary Public Schools until the age of thirteen at which time he moved to Anderson, Indiana. He graduated from Anderson High School in 1964 and enlisted in the Army serving in both Europe and Viet Nam. Upon his discharge, Cookie was employed by the Guide Lamp Division of the General Motors Corporation, the Madison County Indiana Sheriff's Department, attended Ball State University and later, worked at US Steel Corporation in Gary, Indiana. In his late twenties, he moved to California to pursue a career in the music industry. During his time in music, Melvin toured with Jr. Walker, opened for Diana Ross in Las Vegas, appeared on the dance show "Soul Train", and appeared on the soundtrack for the movie "Animal House". In 2009, he was the guest of honor at a celebration in Detroit honoring R & B artists of the 60s and 70s. He still has a song on the top 300 "oldies" being played in Europe and England. He is survived by his wife, Willie Mae (Smith) Britt; maternal aunt, Isabelle Newsom of Anderson, Indiana; his children, Crystal Franklin of Gary, Indiana, Reverend James Nave of Atlanta, Georgia, and Melvin Curtis (Melieck) Britt II of Granada Hills, California; brother, Dr. Derrick Britt (Marcia) of Battle Creek; step-brother, Michael Durham of Anderson; sisters Wanda Britt-Jackson, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Sherlene Britt of Merrillville, Indiana, and Mattalyn Britt of Indianapolis, Indiana; and host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family requests that donations be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America.
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Feb. 10, 2013