James Stanford "Jim" Britton of Cuba, Missouri was born May 25, 1933 at Huzzah, Missouri to the union of James E. and Ettie Jane (Nee: Holtz) Britton and left from this life surrounded by family on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at his home in Cuba, Missouri at the age of 82 years. Jim started his working career at the young age of seven. He would go logging with the older men of the family. Jim wasn't much on going to school and at the age of fourteen he went to work full time logging. Jim left the logging business January 3, 1957 when he joined the United States Army. He proudly served until September 24, 1957 and was discharged at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Jim returned home from the Army and he went back to logging with his brothers John and Jack and their brother-in-law Austin and they named the company Britton Brothers Logging. Jim dated a beautiful young lady, Edwina Farris, for seven years before they were united in marriage on August 31, 1968 at the Crawford County Court House in Steelville, Missouri and to this union four children were born; Ettie, Karen, James and Vickie. During the 1980's James Glenn, Jim's son, would spend every summer helping his dad log. Jim retired in 1999 at the age of sixty- six years. Jim's children always wished for snow during the winter because that meant dad would be home. Jim would cook for them fried egg sandwiches, corned beef hash or fried bologna. He would then spend hours with them watching TV. They would watch wrestling, Dukes of Hazard, Tarzan, The Three Stooges and cartoons on Saturday mornings. When Jim was working he never got home before dark, spent Saturdays working on the truck. Jim was the coordinator for the Crawford County Logging Rodeo, at the fair grounds, for fourteen years. He would visit all the businesses to get sponsors, collect the money and once the Logging Rodeo was over he would start the next day getting ready for the following year. Jim enjoyed family picnics, family reunions, playing frisbee in his logging boots, sitting on his front porch and talking to everyone that came by, telling stories and visiting with friends. What Jim treasured most in life was spending time with his family. Jim was a loving son, brother, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, great uncle, cousin, son-in-law, brother-in-law and friend to everyone he ever met. He will be truly missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him. Jim is preceded in death by his parents James E. and Ettie Jane Britton, seven siblings Daisy and husband Austin Volner, Mollie and husband Wade Watson, Ernest and wife Georgia Britton, Jack and wife Anna Mae Britton, Lydia Britton, John Britton and Leona and husband Bob Duhnam, brothers-in-law Don Davis, David Farris and Jim Waits and other family and friends. Those who are left to treasure his memory and to continue his legacy is his loving wife of forty seven years Edwina Britton of the home, four children Ettie and husband Allan Branson of Cuba, Karen and husband Curtis Dunakey of Leasburg, James and wife Lori Britton of Okeechobee, Florida and Vickie and husband Donnie Bridgeman of Cuba, sixteen grandchildren Ryan, Dalton, Kaleb, Luke, Morgan, Lane Bradley, Kayla, Michael, Tailer, Hunter, Shawn Kipper, Tyler, Zannah, Bridget and Stacy, ten great grandchildren Jeremy, Ariana, Layla, Jonathon, Grant, Hailey, Alydia, Xavier, Aiden and Madison, sisters-in-law Cecilia Britton of Cuba, Rosemary and husband Luther "Hooky" Basham of Bland, Missouri, Laverna Davis of Branson, Barbara Farris of Bourbon and Ava Waits of Portland, Oregon, special nephews Gary Britton, Roger Volner and Donald Volner all of Cuba, special niece Diane Kuhne of Owensville, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces, great-great nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held Friday, October 2, 2015 from 5:00 till 8:00 PM at the Mizell Funeral Home, 904 W Washington Street, Cuba, Missouri. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Mizell Funeral Home, 904 W Washington Street, Cuba, Missouri with Pastor Alan Miles officiating. Special music will be "I'm Going to Live Forever", "Daddy's Hands", "When I Get Where I'm Going", "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Go Rest High on that Mountain". Interment, prayers and full military honors will follow at the Kinder Cemetery, Cuba, Missouri. Honored to serve as pall bearers will be Allan Branson, Curtis Dunakey, Donnie Bridgeman, Gary Britton, Roger Volner, Don Volner and Daniel Pinnell. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cuba VFW #4147 in Jim's memory. The Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba is honored to be serving Jim's family.
Friday, October 2nd, 2015 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Mizell Funeral Home
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 11:00am, Mizell Funeral Home