Kermit R. Britton

Kermit R. Britton, 85, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 5, 2013, at Ohio Valley Health Care.

He was born Nov. 11, 1927, in Gilmer County, a son to the late Cyrus and Vada Britton.

He was a longtime member of Crossroads United Methodist Church. He enjoyed music, having taught himself to play the guitar and keyboard, and in his younger years, enjoyed oil painting, singing in the church choir, western square dancing and singing for the residents at the local nursing homes.

He graduated from Troy High School in 1945, and after graduation worked as a mechanic in Pennsboro. In 1949, he joined the Marine Corps and married his beloved late wife, Sybil Marie Nobles, on Aug. 12, 1950. He served in the Korean Conflict, and was later stationed in Fairfax, Va. After leaving the Marines in 1958, he moved his family to Wood County and began working for Remington Rand as a draftsman. Britton sold insurance for a short period of time, and then later began working as a coal handler and later a mechanic for Monongahela Power at the Willow Island Station. He retired from there in 1988 with 26 years of service.

He is survived by his four children, Linda Mason (Bill) of Williamstown, Rick Britton (Susan) of Cherry Hills, N.J., Barbara Guadagnino (John) of Gibsonia, Pa., and Carole Mills (David) of Gibsonia, Pa.; grandchildren, Mike Mason (Natalie), Michelle Sauro (Scott), Teresa Flesher (Josh), Gina Guadagnino, Ryan Britton, Elizabeth Britton, Kayla Guadagnino, Britton Mills and Kate Mills; five great-grandchildren, Kayli Sauro, Rachel Mason, Alyssa Sauro, Tyler Mason and Olivia Flesher; brother, Norbert Britton (Mary Jean) of Texas; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sybil; one brother, Ardeth Britton; and two sisters, Bonneta Law and Ruth Reineke.

The family would like to thank Ohio Valley Health Care, Mike Miller, and all the staff for their loving and compassionate care.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crossroads United Methodist Church, Waverly, with the Rev. Diane Kenaston officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens, with Veterans Rites by American Legion Post 15. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Britton’s honor to the Music Department at Crossroads United Methodist Church.

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