October 24, 1927 ~ May 26, 2011

Born in: Haywood Co., NC,
Resided in: Candler, NC

Curtis Eugene Britt, Sr., 83, of Candler, died on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Asheville Healthcare. A native of Haywood Co., Mr. Britt was a son of the late Clarence Claude and Minnie Etta Farmer Britt. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jonathan J. Holt. Mr. Britt worked with Champion International for 33 years. He was a Mason, a member of the Lion's Club, a member of the VFW as a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, and an active member of the Upper Hominy VFD Auxiliary. Additionally, he was an active member of White Rock Baptist Church, where he sang and played piano. He enjoyed playing gospel music for all his life. Mr. Britt is survived by his wife Geraldine Smathers Britt; daughter, Jane Britt Holt, of Candler; son, Curtis Eugene Britt, Jr., of the home; and brother, William S. Britt and wife Gloria, of Fairfield, CT. A funeral service for Mr. Britt will be on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Oliver officiating. Interment will follow in the church's cemetery. His family will receive friends for 30 minutes prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to White Rock Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1277, Candler, NC 28715. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Geraldine,
    We wish to pass on our prayerful concerns to you and your family in these moments of your loss. The class of ’45 has lost a great guy. Also a friend, fellow pilot and 1/4th of a great high school boy’s quartet.
    We’ll sing again some day, togeather, in a happier place!
    Evelyn and I wish the best for you
    as you go through this time of grief and a time of remembering with friends and love ones!
    Love,
    Bob & Evelyn

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  2. I always loved to hear Mr. and Mrs. Britt sing when he played the piano at our church’s homecoming (Hominy Valley Independent Church). My prayers are with your family.

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  3. Geraldine,
    Just listening to Gene play the piano, you knew that God had blessed his hands. Guess the angels get to hear him play now. Your family is in my prayers.
    Love,
    Ginny

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  4. I always looked forward hearing the two of you sing together and him play the piano. God gave him a gift and us a blessing. You and your family are in my prayers. I love yuns

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  5. Where do I even start? There are so many memories – from the times of Gene, Bob, Paul, Wilbur Dean and Daddy practicing and singing all those years, to our trip to Florida, and I could go on and on. I can already hear them singing together again. You all have a special place in my heart and are in my thoughts and prayers. It’s tough giving them up, but we can rest assured that we will see them again one day – SOON! Even though we didn’t see him much in the last few years,he will definitely be missed!We think of you all often.

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  6. We’re so sorry for your loss. He was a great man & will definitely be missed by many. We will be keeping you in our thoughts & prayers.

    Samantha & Daniel Williams

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  7. So sorry for your loss. Know how lonely you will be. Will miss your duets in church. My condolences to Curtis and Janie too. Arletta

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  8. Mrs. Britt I’m very sorry to here about Mr. Britt. You and your family are in my prayers. Keep looking up for God called home one of his and I’m sure he is singing in Heavens chior waiting on his fammily and friends to join him.His memory will always be with us (especially when I make fudge) Love and prayers
    Debbie Embler

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  9. Mr.Britt,was my Sunday School Teacher at Hominy Baptist Church,when I was a kid. Mr. Britt was a big inspiration to me by helping me to know Christ early in my life.We would talk when we would see each other at Champion . One of my most memorable times was when Mr.Britt took his Sunday School Class to Enka Lake. Mr. Britt was a good Christian Man and he will be missed .

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  10. Mrs.Britt,
    Our condolences and prayers go out to you and your family during this time. We will be praying for you all.
    Lisa & Michelle (Lawrence)

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  11. Mrs. Britt and family: Will miss seeing you and Mr. Britt at Harbor Inn after church on Sundays. He was always so friendly and smiling. Know my husband’s Dad – Guy and my Dad – Calvin – enjoyed being in the VFW with him. Also my grandparents – James Jay and Lexie Lance and my aunt and uncle – Billie and Gedwin Morgan – thought a lot of you all and going to church together. Prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. Gerald and Carolyn Stamey

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  12. Gerri and Jane,
    Anne and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Gene was such a friend and Brother in the Lord. He was truly a highlight of our days of ministry at White Rock. You both and Curtis will be in our prayers during these days.
    Richard and Anne

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  13. Dear Britt family,
    I am sorry for your loss. Gene was always an enjoyable person to be around and he will be missed.

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  14. What special memories we have of Gene Britt. He was indeed a gift from God and had such a wonderful musical ability and great smile. I know what it’s like to say good bye to your Father. Keep those special memories alive.

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  15. Geraldine, my deepest sympathy. Eugene and I were good friends. I’ll miss seeing him at the reunions. Louise Gudger

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  16. Dear Mom and Jane,
    Please accept my sincere sympathies. God used Pop in my life to work on my character in some outstanding ways. I will be praying that God will help you both to be good stewards of your grief. I would welcome any communication from you.
    Love, Michael

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  17. Gerri,

    There are no words that can express the love and wonderful memories that I have for you and Gene. You know that I thought the sun rose and sat in Papaw Britt. I know today he is the happiest man in heaven to have his son there with him. I know that you will miss him greatly. Oh but how beautiful the music is in heaven today for the choir has a wonderful new angel.
    You are in my prayers and today is a day of joy.
    Love Jonel

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  18. SO SORRY OF MR BRITTS PASSING,,A WONDERFUL MAN CAME TO ASTO PARK SANG AN PLAYED MUSIC,FOR ALL THE PEOPLE,,GREAT MAN ALSO USED TO BRING ANNIES FEILDS LUNCH EVERY DAY WHEN SHE WAS ALIVE ,,I USED TO COME TO HER HOUSE TO WORK,,HE CAME EVERYDAY,,HE HAS MANY STARS IN HIS CROWN,,DEBBIE AN SID SMITH,

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  19. I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. I have thought of and missed you both often and I am sorry I did not know sooner. Yvonne told me just a couple of weeks ago. He was a wonderful man and I loved his smile. I know Gene is in heaven adding his gift to the beautiful music there and someday we can all sing together again.

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