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Edsall Joe Brittain
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Birth: Nov. 25, 1928
Taylor County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 29, 2012
Ector County
Texas, USA

Edsall Joe Brittain was born November 25, 1928, in Abilene, Texas, to Reynolds Womack Brittain and Myrtle Edna Edsall.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Tom Brittain; his niece, Patricia Smith; and his grandson, Branson Cole Brittain. He is survived by his sons, Stephen Howard Brittain of Kingwood, TX, and Douglas James Brittain of Midland; sisters, Ruth Skinner and Evelyn Smith of Temple, Texas; sister-in-law Jeanne Brittain of Abilene; and his nieces and nephews, Barbara Hull of Gatesville, David Skinner of Round Rock, Daniel Skinner of Pflugerville, Ginger Jarman of Hurst, Tommy Earl Brittain of Madison, Alabama; and his grandchildren, Lauren D'Shay Brittain of Arlington, Cameron James Brittain of Yorktown, Virginia, Brandi Nicole Barbee and husband, Britton Barbee of Dallas; and Trevor Case Brittain of Kingwood, Texas and University of Alabama; and his ex-wife, Ellie Holmes of Midland.

His father died unexpectedly, when Joe was 6 years old. His mother went to work and managed to raise four children, who all attended college. After graduation from Abilene High School, Joe attended the University of Texas at Austin. In August 1950, Joe joined the United States Air Force and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant before an Honorable Discharge in August, 1954. He then worked in Abilene and attended Abilene Christian University.

He met Eleanor "Ellie" Taggart and they were married at the First Christian Church in Abilene, in September, 1957. They then moved to Midland, Texas, and raised two sons, Stephen Howard Brittain (1959) of Kingwood, Texas, and Douglas James Brittain (1961) of Midland, Texas.

He liked watching sports, especially golf and tennis. He enjoyed his friends (The Abilene Gang), who included Pat and Millard Heath, Bob and Margaret Hollowell, James and Mary Frances Graham, Sidney and Nancy Howze, Frank and Mary McCombs, Everett and Jackie McGehee, Evan and Ann Duvall, Jimmy Tittle, and (The Midland Gang) who included Joe Salman, Larry Pearson, David Harris, and Bob Widner. Joe was one of the Coffee Gang in Midland which included Mac Davis, Dean Austin, Phil Scott, Bob Peavy, Henry Baumgartner, Len Caryl, Frank Shepard, Jim Stevens, Jewell Russell, Jody Vines, Ray Seal, Alan Holmes, and others.

He loved playing bridge and attained the rank of Life Master and enjoyed playing with his sister, Evelyn, and helped her become a Life Master as well. His favorite playing partner was Life Master Joe Salman. As they both became older, they had trouble seeing and hearing, but they still managed to win games!

The family wants to thank all the wonderful care persons at the Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring, where Joe spent 2 years. The family also wants to thank the kind care persons who attended to Joe on several occasions at the Scenic Mountain Medical Ctr and also the Home Hospice group that made his last hours peaceful and dignified. Joe passed away Sept 29th, at 8:25 a.m., at the Home Hospice House in Odessa, TX and was moved to the Myers & Smith Funeral Home in Big Spring, in preparation for his departure to Texas Tech University Medical Center under the "Willed Body Program".

No services are planned by the family at this time and condolences may be made to Myers & Smith Funeral Home at: 
Body donated to medical science
Specifically: Texas Tech University Medical Center.
Created by: David Edsall
Record added: Nov 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101489109


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