CEDAR HILLS, UTAH - James Woodie Britt, 94, passed away on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, following a short illness as a result of age.
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Woodie was born on Dec. 25, 1918 in Jason, Greene County, N.C. to James Berry Britt and Mollie Omega Parks. He grew up in Snow Hill. Woodie enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1940 and served in Iceland and the South Pacific during WWII. He married Rita Jones in 1945, following his return from the South Pacific. They moved to Fayetteville where he was working for Carolina Telephone Company. While in Fayetteville, Woodie and Rita became acquainted with and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Over the years, he held several ecclesiastical positions in the church. During their years in Fayetteville, Rita and Woodie became close to many families and young men who were stationed at Fort Bragg. Because of this they have friends through out the country.
In 1974 Woodie transferred with the telephone company to Greenville, N.C. where they lived until Rita passed away in 2011. After that, Woodie moved to Cedar Hills, to be near his daughter and son and their families. He enjoyed being with his grand and great-grandchildren, even as hectic as it often was.
In addition to his church, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Greenville and he helped with the reading program in the local elementary schools. Up until the last few years he liked to work in his yard. Even though he transplanted to Utah, he never let us forget he was a North Carolinian and proud of his North Carolina heritage.
Woodie was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; and his young daughter, Barbara.
He is survived by his daughter Carol Nelson and husband, John, of Highland; sons James Woodie Britt Jr., of Wilmington, N.C. and Keith Britt and wife, Jaylene, of St. George; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be conducted Monday at 11 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints chapel, 307 Martinborough Road, Greenville, N.C. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. at Lafayette Memorial Park, Fayetteville, N.C.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory, Greenville, N.C.
Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
2100 East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
Published in The Daily Reflector on Feb. 24, 2013