Denver M. Britton

Denver M. Britton, 89, of Williamstown, W.Va., passed away Jan. 17, 2014, at The Arbors of Marietta.

He was born in Berea, W.Va., (Ritchie County), to the late Creed and Rozenia (McGill) Britton.

Denver graduated from Pullman High School class of 1943 in Ritchie County, where he played football and baseball and continued playing baseball throughout the ’50’s. He served our country during World War II in the U.S. Army stationed in the South Pacific, earning the Bronze Star. He retired from Montgomery Ward as a Department Manager. He and his wife, Madeline, were avid square dancers and traveled throughout the United States. They were member of square dancing clubs in Marietta, Parkersburg, Ravenswood, and Harrisville, where Denver was the “Caller.” After retiring, he and Madeline were associate professors for Northern Pioneer College in Show Low, Ariz., where they taught square dance and round dance. He was also a member of N.E. Alabama Cherokee Tribe.

He is survived by three daughters, Linda Radcliff (Stephen) of Williamstown, Shelia Britton (Barry Gibson) of Mineral Wells and Angela Criss (Andrew) of St. Augustine, Fla.; one son, Denver M. Britton II (Angela) of Canyon City, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Carlene Schreckengost (Tom), Lanny Barnes II (Jessie), Tracy Radcliff, Joseph Radcliff, Jennifer Caplinger (Bryon), Shawn Petry (Stacy), Felicia Britton and Austin Britton; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Lorene Hardman of Buchannon, W.Va.; one sister-in-law, Elma Britton of Washington, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Madeline Britton (2003); one daughter, Dianna Ruble (2007); two sisters, Hazel Collins and Zelma Crumpler; and three brothers, Oda, Orval and Denzil Britton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cherokee Tribe of N.E. Alabama, CTNEAL, P.O. Box 876 Pinson, AL 35126 and/or the American Cancer Society of Parkersburg.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Noon at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Bill Thomas officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverview Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service from 10 a.m.-Noon at the funeral home.

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