James E. Britton, 85, Korean War Veteran

James_BrittonJames E. Britton, 85, of Bradford, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 31, at Northeast Rehab., Salem, N.H.

He was born in Haverhill, July 4, 1931, son of the late George M. and Elizabeth A. (LaGassee) Britton. Educated in the Haverhill school system, Britton attended Haverhill High School. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Army, stationed in Okinawa. Britton was employed at the former National Stay in Haverhill for 12 years before his job relocated to Lynn from where he retired in 1997 after 46 years of service. He was also employed at B&W Press, Georgetown. A member of The First Baptist Church, Haverhill, and the American Legion, Britton was instrumental in fundraising for the Korean War Memorial in GAR Park, Haverhill.

He was the husband of the late Barbara F. (Barrow) DeBlois-Britton who died in 2005 and was predeceased by 11 siblings. His survivors include his daughters, Debra Graham and her husband Richard of Newbury, Vt., Susan Metz and her husband James of Brooksville, Fla., Sheryl DeBlois Cunningham and her husband Frank of Raymond, N.H.; sons Richard F. DeBlois of Haverhill, Dennis DeBlois and his wife Pamela of Pembroke and Martin DeBlois of Daytona Beach, Fla.; brother; Russell Britton of Salem, N.H.; 13 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours Thursday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the H.L. Farmer and Sons Bradford Funeral Home, 210 South Main St., Bradford. His funeral service is Friday, Feb. 3, 1 p.m., at Bradford funeral home with burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford.