Thomas Lee Britt, Jr

Thomas Lee Britt, Jr

Wakefield, VA
05.18.1932 - 06.19.2020
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Thomas Lee Britt, Jr. “Peto” passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020. He was born May 18, 1932, and a son of the late Thomas Lee Britt, Sr., and Lucy Atkins Britt.  He was predeceased by his sister Virginia Barham and brother Samuel Lee Britt.

Peto served his country in the United States Army and retired from Newport News Shipbuilding as a nuclear welding supervisor. Prior to being a supervisor, he was an accomplished nuclear pipe welder. He enjoyed hunting, especially quail, and fishing. He was well known for playing the guitar. His interest was acquired by listening to the radio from a young age and his style favored Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. At the age of 7 he rode the train to Richmond to buy a guitar with the money he had saved. If he did not like the arrangement of a song, he improvised to make the music his own.

He is survived by his children Kimberly Britt Steele and Thomas Lee Britt, III and wife Dana; two granddaughters, who knew him as Pop Pop, Caroline Wighten Steele and Hunter Faith Britt; sister, Betty Ann Banty; sister-in-law, Eunice Britt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 23, 2019 at Wakefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Waverly Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 583 Waverly, VA 23890. The family is being served by R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel where condolences may be registered at

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Wakefield Cemetery
205 W. Church Street
Wakefield, VA 23888
United States


A true friend over the years. He always made me feel welcome with a hand shake and a smile.He taught me alot over the years. I don't have the words to describe how much I will miss him.Love him like a big brother.

Carey B Scott



Our love and sympathy to Kim, Tom, and the rest of Uncle Tommy’s family. We look forward to hearing him sing again in heaven! Dale & Diane

Dale and Diane White

It makes my heart heavy to hear of Peto passing. I have many childhood memories of our family sitting in the kitchen singing and picking. He was my daddy's first cousin on his mama's side. Aunt Lucy was a character and special lady. My heart goes out to Kim and Tom and all our family. Bet mama met him and they are picking and singing again. Love and prayers. Cookie

Rose Atkins Stalnaker

So sorry for your loss. Love and Prayers to all the family.

Wayne & Cindy Chappell

Wayne & Cindy Chappell

Betty Ann, I am so sorry to hear that Tommy "Peto" has passed away. I have fond memories of the many times I spent at your house and listened to "Peto" playing his guitar when you and your family lived in Wakefield. Your Mom, Dad, Sammy, Tommy, Virginia Lee and of course, you, were my second family and will always hold a special place in my heart. Much sympathy is expressed to you in the loss of Tommy.

May Sue Reese Glasco

Kim and Caroline,
So sorry for your loss. We have such fond memories of your Dad. A true gentleman. He will be missed by many!

Denise and Ross Hubbard

Dear Family,

We are sadden to hear of this. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Nancy, Phyllis and Family
Ivor, VA

Nancy Clark-Scott, Phyllis Clark-Bryant & Family

My deepest sympathy to the family prayers

JoLynne Martin

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