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Mr. Brittain Jr.

The Jones County News of Gray, Georgia

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JONES COUNTY: James Waverly Brittain Jr., 76, of Lee Drive, passed away Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at a hospital in Atlanta. The family greeted friends from 6:00 — 8:00 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24, at First Baptist Church of Gray. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Gray, with interment following at Pine Grove Cemetery in Eatonton at 3:00 p.m. The Rev. Randy Darnell and Dr. M. Dusty Reynolds officiated.

Mr. Brittain was born Oct. 3, 1938, to the late James Waverly Brittain Sr. and Leila Jenkins Brittain, and had lived in Gray since 1967 He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and was a proud graduate of Georgia Tech. He worked on the Gemini Program at Kennedy Space Center and at RobinsAir Force Base. He retired as the deputy director of the F-15 System Program office in March of1993.

He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Gray since 1967, where he served as a deacon and teacher of the Sara B Sunday school class for over 30 years. He was a servant leader, supporting many civic and beautification projects. As a past president and treasurer for approximately 40 years in the local Kiwanis Club, he received Kiwanian of the Year (1997), George F. Hixson Fellow recognition (2002), a Distinguished Service Award (2011) and the Henry C. Heinz Award (2015). He also served as the lieutenant governor on the district level for Kiwanis.

He volunteered with the Keep Jones Beautiful Commission and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Daylily Festival, having planted, nurtured, and donated thousands of daylilies to be sold at the event in order to support Kiwanis Club projects. Mr. Brittain was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and an avid gardener. He was preceded in death by his infant grandson, Daniel Gantt.

Mr. Brittain is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol Moss Brittain; children, Perrin B. Gantt (David), Leila Brittain, Waverly Brittain (Tammy); sister, Sarah B. Lewis (Frank); grandchildren, Gene Gantt, Brittain Gantt (Nicole), Gabriel Smith, Peyton Smith, James Brittain, Joseph Brittain and Caroline Brittain.

Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Gray Building Fund, P.O. Box 429, Gray, GA 31032.

Bridges Funeral Home and Crematory in Gray had charge of arrangements. Please visit the online memorial at

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Original Publication Date: August 26, 2015

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