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Trustee Emeritus David M. Britt Passes Away

Retired state Supreme Court Justice David M. Britt, a Meredith College trustee emeritus who served on the board for 15 years, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary after a lengthy illness. He was 92.

In 1958, Britt was elected to the N.C. House of Representatives and served in that position until July of 1967. He served as speaker of the 1967 session. In August of 1967, he was appointed by Governor Dan K. Moore to serve as one of the six original judges of the newly created Court of Appeals. During his legislative tenure, Britt served one term as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee; one term as chairman of the Committee on Courts; and one term as a member of the Advisory Budget Commission. Between sessions of the legislature, he served on the General Statutes Commission, the Commission on Reorganization of State Government, the Courts Commission, and as chairman of the Speaker Ban Law Study Commission. Britt served 11 years on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and in 1978; he was elected as a Justice of the Supreme Court. He served on that Court until August of 1982. Thereafter he was associated with the Raleigh law firm of Bailey and Dixon.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 8, at Hayes Barton Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with family visitation immediately following in the church parlor. Interment will be at Floyd Memorial Cemetery, 1549 Marion Stage Rd. Fairmont, N.C., at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 9. The family will receive friends immediately following the graveside at Floyd Funeral Services across from the cemetery.

Date Submitted: 2009-05-06

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