Thomas H. Britt

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 29, 2006

August 27, 2006

Col. Thomas Holland Britt, aged 91, of Virginia Beach, passed away on the evening of Aug. 27, 2006, at Westminster Canterbury in Virginia Beach.

He was predeceased by his parents, Goldie Holland Britt and Benjamin Columbus Britt.

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Born in Suffolk, and graduated from Suffolk High School, he then attended Elon College, transferring to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, from which he graduated with a BS degree. He later attended The University of Virginia Law School. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Serving in the U. S. Army Air Corps in Italy during World War II, and later in the U. S. Air Force, his career spanned 33 years in active and reserve duty until retiring.

He worked for Suffolk Peanut Company and was secretary of that company at the time of the merger with Gold Kist Inc., of Atlanta, after which he served as administrative manager of the Suffolk office. In addition to that position, he served as president of Holland and Lee Company, a peanut buying and cold-storage business.

As an appointed member to the Suffolk School Board, he provided several years of service. He was elected as Junior Warden and later as Senior Warden of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Suffolk and was a lay reader as well, also serving as lay reader of All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach.

Participating as a member of The American Legion, Suffolk German Club, Suffolk-Nansemond Power Squadron, he also served as president of the Tri-County Traffic Club. He retired in 1981, moving to Virginia Beach.

He is survived by his wife, Marian Jacob Britt of Virginia Beach; sons, Thomas Holland Britt Jr. of New York City, David Hamilton Britt and his wife Karen Eide of Carrollton; cousins, Virginia McClenny Sullivan, husband Bob and son Bruce of Scottsville and Charlottesville, Anne McClenny Krauss of Roanoke; sister-in-law, Anne Cary Jacob of Norfolk; nieces, Catherine Tait Jacob of San Francisco, Caroline Jacob Bonney of Norfolk; nephews Clyde Hancock Jacob, III of New Orleans, Clay Reid Jacob and Kenneth Jacob, both of Richmond.

Private burial will be held at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suffolk.

A memorial service will be conducted at the Westminster Canterbury chapel in Virginia Beach on Aug. 30, 2006, at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Dr. Stanley Sawyer and the Rev. Dr. Segar Gravett. A reception will follow at Westminster Canterbury.

R. W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.

The family wishes to express gratitude and love to the Westminster Canterbury health care staff for the four years of caring for our dear husband and father.

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