James Manford Brittingham Jr., Army veteran

November 18, 2022

James Manford Brittingham Jr., 90, of Millsboro, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, at home with his family by his side.   

Jim was born in Dagsboro Sept. 28, 1932, to the late James Manford Brittingham Sr. and Mary Lewis Brittingham. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother Bruce Brittingham; a sister Doris LeCates; and his two canine companions Mutley and Bugsy.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Maryland National Guard Unit 200 Military Police. He married the love of his life June 19, 1953, and together they raised two sons. After he was discharged from the Army, he took a job at Dresser Industries and worked there as an assembly man until he retired at age 65. He was a former member of Georgetown Church of God, where he was a deacon and a bus driver for their bus ministry. Most recently, he attended Crossroad Community Church in Dagsboro. Jim enjoyed stock car racing, attending church, and spending time with family and friends. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be dearly missed.

Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 69 years, Shirley Elizabeth Hudson Brittingham of Millsboro; two sons: James M. Brittingham III and William L. Brittingham, both of Millsboro; three brothers, Louis, Billy and Alvin Brittingham; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Brittingham. He also leaves behind a granddaughter, Jennifer Brittingham; and two great-grandsons, David and Dylan Arbey; as well as extended family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, where friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for viewing and visitation.  Interment with military honors to follow at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Pastor Jim Apgar will conduct the services.

Jim absolutely hated flowers; consider donations in Jim’s memory to Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown, DE  19947, or a charity of choice.

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