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Weaverville - William E. Brittain of Weaverville, 81, died December 16, 2011. Born in Rochester, NY, Bill earned degrees from SUNY Brockport and Hofstra. In 1954 he married Virginia Connorton, and they moved to Long Island, where he taught English and later became a reading specialist at Lawrence Middle School. An acclaimed author, Bill published over 70 mystery short stories and wrote 13 children's books, one of which won a Newbery Honor Award.
After moving to Asheville in 1986, Bill spoke about writing at many local schools, as well as making national appearances. He was a popular instructor at UNCA's College for Seniors from 1993 to 2010. Bill and Ginny loved to travel, visiting many places in the U.S. and Canada, as well as many European countries.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife Ginny; children Jim Brittain and wife Regina, and daughter Susan Gawley and husband John; brother Bob and wife Paula; a number of other family members; and a host of friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 31 at 11 a.m. at St. Eugene's Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or one's favorite charity.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Dec. 25, 2011