Gene Autry Britton

November 14, 1937 - March 13, 2018

11/14/1937 - 03/13/2018

Gene Autry Britton, age 80, passed away on March 13, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Britton was born in Northampton County on November 14, 1937, a son of the late Dallas B. and Doris Jones Britton. He graduated from Chowan Junior College, earning his Associate in Science Degree. Gene furthered his education at NC State University earning his Bachelor of Science Degree, with high honors, in Mechanical Engineering.  While at NC State he joined the Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Gene was retired as an aerospace engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Hampton, VA. During his career with NASA, Gene was privileged to work on the Apollo 11 space mission, helping achieve the first landing on the moon.  He was awarded the prestigious Apollo Achievement Award from NASA. Gene enjoyed spending time with his mother, especially riding her on his Harley Davidson.  He loved working on engines and tinkering on things.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sue Howerton.

Gene is survived by his caregiver, Donna Myrick of Jackson, NC; and nephew, Chris Howerton and his wife Phyllis of Rich Square, NC.

The family will have a private memorial service at a later date.

The family will welcome any visits from friends at any time at their homes.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Rich Square is handling the arrangements for the Britton family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Ellen Hayes Crawley Askew
5 years ago

I also was a classmate of GENE BRITTON, graduating with the Jackson High School Class of 1955. It is my belief that each classmate feels a special pride of Gene and his outstanding accomplishments with NASA.

Sacramenta Landrum
5 years ago

My deepest condolences to the Britton family and friends for the loss of your loved one Autry. Very soon Jesus Christ will resurrect the loved ones we have lost in death back to life Acts 24:15; John 5: 28,29, right here on a brand new Paradise Earth under Jesus Christ Kingdom rule Daniel 2:44 that he taught his followers to pray to come in the Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:10 no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-5.

Billy Griffin Spivey (Class of 1955)
5 years ago

So long for now old Buddy. I will never regret giving you your flowers while you were still alive to enjoy, that evening at Sarah’s house. Will join you soon old Buddy!!!!! Last one of us OUT will bring the 57 Chevy!!!!