George Britt

Friday, March 30, 2012

OLMSTED, Ill. -- George A. Britt, 87, of Olmsted passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at his home.

He was born Dec. 6, 1924, in rural Olmsted, son of George L. and Blanche Caudle Britt.

George was a World War II Army veteran.

He was a member and past treasurer of Center United Methodist Church near Olmsted; a 50-year member and past master of Caledonia Lodge 47 AF/AM of Olive Branch, Ill.; a Shriner; member of York Rites; member of American Legion Post 178 of Villa Ridge, Ill.; lifetime member of Pulaski County Memorial VFW Post 8891 in Mounds, Ill.; member of the area Veterans Burial Ritual Team; member of the Amateur Ham Radio; and a 30-year member of Southern Illinois Airstream Campers Society.

George was a retired farmer and operated a bulldozing service 30 years, building many farm ponds and other soil conservation areas in Pulaski County. He was also a rural mail carrier in Olmsted 32 years. His hobby was old pendulum clocks.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Rodney G. Britt, on April 26, 2006.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Grace M. Schultz Britt of Olmsted; a daughter, Teresa (Dean) Inman of Charlottesville, Va.; a son, Dr. James F. (Darsi) Britt of Dawson Springs, Ky.; a daughter-in-law, Ida G. Britt of Grand Chain, Ill.; a sister, Pat Taylor of Cape Girardeau; two half brothers, George T. Britt of Wisconsin and Gary G. Britt of Texas.

Also 11 grandchildren, Debbie Ellis, Ida Marie Pranger, Lori Kay Jones, Matthew Britt, Dr. James E. Britt, Michael J. Britt, Jennifer L. Malatino, Jackie M. Inman, Janet E. Nichols, Joyce D. Inman, and Nathan J. Britt; 12 great-grandchildren, Joseph C. Malatino, Jack T. Malatino, Jeffrey M. Nichols, Caroline G. Nichols, Jayden G. Ellis, Lukas G. Ellis, Kinnedy I. Noyes, Allison R. Pranger, Chloe G. Britt, Elijah J. Britt, Paul A. Jones, and Makayla R. Britt; several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Mr. Britt was born, raised and died on his beloved farm on Old Feather Trail Road, and will be laid to rest in the New Britt addition of Concord Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge. Masonic service will be at 7 by members of Caledonia Lodge.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Center United Methodist Church, with the pastor, Kenny Baker, officiating. Interment will be in Concord Cemetery, with full military honors by Illinois National Guard and area veterans.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Center United Methodist Church in memory of George A. Britt.