William J. Britt

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William J. Britt

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SPARTA IL– William J. Britt, 85, of Sparta, passed away at 2:47 AM, Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Sparta Community Hospital.

William was born on March 1, 1933, in Lake Providence, Louisiana, the son of Edward and Eva (Walton) Britt. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, he then returned home and married Boby Mae Whatley on June 2, 1953, in Martinez, California, and they shared 65 years of marriage. Mr. Britt was a retired truck driver for the Supervalue IGA distributors, and he was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sparta, VFW Post # 4325, Mattoon, Illinois, American Legion Post # 487, Chester, the D.A.V., V.U.M.S., and the Marine Corp League # 759, Lynchburg, Virginia.

He is survived by his wife; Boby Mae Britt, of Sparta, children; Elaina (Kenneth) Tapley, of Evington, Virginia, Jeff Britt, of Sparta, 4 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild on the way.

Mr. Britt was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 grandson, 2 sisiters, and 2 brothers.

It was Mr. Britt’s request to be cremated and memorials services and a military graveside service will be held at a later date. Wilson’s Funeral Home in Steeleville is assisting the family with the arrangements.