William Hal “Billy” Britt, 64, passed away on May 28. He had been living with PSP, a Parkinsonian brain disorder, for the past 8 years. He was born on Oct. 22, 1953.
Britt graduated from Dacula High School, Shorter College, Southeastern Seminary, and Luther Rice Seminary.
As a young man he surrendered his life to vocational ministry and spent his career serving churches around the Southeast. He served at Flat Rock Baptist Church in North Carolina. His Georgia pastorates included Dykes Creek Baptist Church in Rome, both Ebenezer Baptist Church and Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Hartwell. He served for several years as director of the Sunday School Department for the Georgia Baptist Convention (now Georgia Baptist Mission Board).
In addition to serving local churches he served for many years as chaplain to the Gwinnett County Police Department as well as an elected member of the Gwinnett County Board of Education.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Joyce Kerlin Parr Britt; sons Jason (Nan) Britt and Ryan (Jennifer) Britt; stepsons Scott (Deneen) Parr and Andrew (Rachelle) Parr; sisters Marion Britt (Ralph) Allen and Peggy Britt (John J. “Jack”) Greene; and nine grandchildren. His first wife of 22 years, Kathryn (Kathy) Maxwell Britt,(mother to Jason and Ryan) preceded him in death in 1996. Kathy’s siblings: Hank (Debbie) Maxwell, Jackie (Donnie) Thomas as well as Kathy’s mother Betty Jo Maxwell.
Funeral services were held June 1 at Bethlehem Church in Bethlehem. Ministers officiating included Jason Britt, Ryan Britt, Larry Wynn, and Steve Parr. Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dacula.
Donations were requested to support PSP research through CurePSP. Donations can be made online through psp.org or mailed to: CurePSP 1206 York Road, Suite L-4 Lutherville, MD 21093.