Kenneth “Kenny” Edward Britt - After a courageous two year battle with cancer, Kenny died on September 4, 2019, at age 53, at Vitas Hospice in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife, sweetheart and caregiver, Anne holding his hand and his dear uncle and aunt, Richard and Helen Davis by his side.
Kenny was born on June 8, 1966, in Fort Worth, Texas to Marilyn Joyce Davis and Shelby Dean Britt. His mother Marilyn, was a young single mother, and was blessed to have the support of a devoted extended family to help raise her son Kenny in those early years, which included his grandparents, Evelyn and Edward Davis (“Nana & Paw Paw”) and aunts and uncles, Richard and Helen Davis, Dale and Dora Davis and Sharon and Gene Curry. Young Kenny was spoiled with lots of love and was particularly favored by his dear Nana, who would bake her famous homemade biscuits and gravy for him. In 1972, his mother Marilyn met and married husband, Roger Curry and Kenny gained two new brothers, Roger and John Curry. A few years later, in 1975, a baby sister, Emmily was welcomed into the family.
Raised Baptist, Kenny was taught the principles of the good Bible and to always say “yes sir” and “no ma'am ”. Kenny was a sensitive, bright and curious child who was never afraid to ask “why”? He also loved to joke and have fun. Many will remember his warm but direct nature, his laughter, his mischievous blue eyes and toothy smile.
Kenny went to grade school at David K. Sellars Elementary School in Forest Hill in Fort Worth with younger brothers, Roger and John. He then attended Haltom Junior High in Haltom City. Tragically, in July of 1981, when Kenny was only 15, he lost his mother and little sister in a house fire in their family home. The whole family was traumatized but sadly Kenny never got over this loss and carried the grief and emotional wounds with him to the end of his life.
Kenny then went on to Alvarado High School in Alvarado, Texas and then on to Western Hills High School in Fort Worth where he graduated in 1984. In high school, he was an athlete and excelled in football and played the position of wide receiver. Kenny was offered a football scholarship, which he turned down, and was a lifelong regret. He was also excellent in track and field and could run a 4.54 in the 40 yard dash which he was always so proud of. Kenny coached little league baseball in his later years where he found joy in coaching his own children. In the past five years he loved cheering on his favorite baseball team, The Texas Rangers, with his wife Anne at Globe Life Stadium. He also loved the TCU Frogs Football team and loved to wear the TCU Frogs purple t-shirt, his favorite color.
Kenny had many special gifts and talents. He inherited a natural musical talent and started to play the piano at age 2, By the time he was older he could play more than 7 instruments by ear, including guitar, piano, violin, clarinet and even the bassoon. In the future, as a father, he received great pleasure seeing his eldest daughter, Lauren learn to play the guitar, and his son, Zayne play the trumpet and youngest daughter, Tarryn play tenor sax and violin in their school bands. Kenny always had a good singing voice and he could naturally harmonize by ear. In high school he sang in band called “Foul Play” and in later years ran stage lights for metal bands at Joe's Garage in Fort Worth. He never lost his love for music and in recent years could be found deejaying online or serenading his wife Anne at home with his guitar and favorite Chris Young or Blake Shelton song.
Kenny also considered himself an artist. He studied at AFI art college in Fort Worth and got an Associates Degree in Graphic Illustration. He then worked as a Screen Printer for most of his life. He considered himself an artist, and loved to sketch making pen and ink drawings. In the 7th grade at Haltom Junior High his teacher entered his painting in a college art show and he won a gold ribbon. His children, especially daughters, Aryal with make-up and Tarryn with sketching, have inherited their father's artistic talent.
Kenny also loved the water, the outdoors, camping and fishing. Special memories were at Black Creek Lake camping with his children in the early years and then later with his wife Anne. More memories of shared love of fishing were spent with special friend, Mike Forbus. Recent memories never to be forgotten were road trips to Galveston Beach in Texas and staying at the Red Roof Inn with wife, Anne and kitty, Karmel. Lunch at “The Spot”, “Darlene's Shrimp Shack” and the fun shopping at second hand stores will be fondly remembered.
Kenny never missed a moment to tell someone he loved them. He was a good man with a good heart. It wasn't uncommon to hear him reply to “I love you” with “I love you more.” He loved to make up unique names for things. An example, when his son Zayne was a toddler, Zayne could not say “ice cream” and what came out of his mouth sounded more like “hockey”. So Kenny continued to call ice cream “hockey” til the end.
Kenny met his wife, Anne Reeves, who was born and raised in Canada, in Fort Worth, Texas in 2012. In 2014, after a two year courtship, he married the love of his life, Anne at the courthouse in Troy, Alabama, with his children, Zayne and Tarryn by his side.
Kenny became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 2015 and was baptized by Elder Dustin Allison, who became his special missionary, mentor and friend. In 2017, Kenny married his sweetheart, Anne in a religious ceremony in the LDS Temple in Dallas and where they were sealed for time and all eternity. He served in the church as Ward Missionary Leader, Ass't Stake Mission Leader and Gospel Principles Teacher. Kenny loved missionary work and the missionaries and he would often be found giving one of his special ties as a gift of appreciation and remembrance. He loved to study the scriptures, was a collector of religious writings and was so proud of his book library at home. Kenny was a prayerful man with a strong faith in God. Even at the end of his life when he was suffering, he rarely wavered and he remained steadfast in his trust in his Heavenly Father. Kenny enjoyed and treasured the love and friendship of his fellow members and friends in the church.
Kenny is predeceased by his mother, Marilyn Davis, birth father, Shelby Dean Britt, step-father, Roger Curry, sister, Emmily Curry, aunt, Sharon Curry & uncles, Dale Davis and Gene Curry. He is also predeceased by his grandparents, Evelyn and Edward Davis.
Kenny is survived and will be deeply missed by his dear wife of 5 years, his love, Anne.
Kenny will be lovingly missed and is survived by his dear children, Lauren, Aryal, Zayne and Tarryn Britt, step-daughter, Cyndal Graves and grandchild, Layla Britt.
Kenny will be dearly missed and survived by brothers, Roger and John Curry of Fort Worth.
Kenny will be lovingly missed and is survived by uncle and aunt, Richard and Helen Davis of Fort Worth and aunt, Dora Donis of Houston. He will also be missed by cousins, Stephen Davis of Fort Worth, Keefer Davis of Austin, Kevin Davis & family of Houston and Darrin Curry of Fort Worth.
Kenny will be lovingly remembered by Ginny and Sarah Donis of Houston and cousin, Kathy Goad of Arlington.
Kenny will also be remembered by mother-in-law, Doreen Reeves of Ontario, Canada who will miss the special conversations with her son on the telephone and skype over the years.
Kenny will be dearly missed by his best friend who was like a brother to him, Craig Heidelberger. The Heidelberger family played an important part in his life and he loved them dearly.
Kenny will be missed by Joey Milotte and the gang at Team Logo in Fort Worth, who were like family to him.
Kenny will also missed by friend, Rachel Goodson of Austin and the Carr family and friends in Troy, Alabama.
Kenny will also be missed by his beloved little girl, kitty Karmel “Keekoo”.
Finally, Kenny will be missed by numerous other relatives and a lifetime of dear friends.
A special thank you to Bishop Gerry Treber, Bruce Willden, Edgar Lucas, Barb Clay, and LaRee Featherston and their families for all their love and support over the years.
Thanks to be given to the Davis and Donis families for their love and support, in Fort Worth and in Houston and in driving Kenny back and forth to his medical appointments at MD Anderson.
Deepest appreciation to the nurses and doctors at Vitas Hospice, JPS Hospital and MD Anderson for all their care and compassion.
A special thank you to Marc Smiley of Fort Worth Funeral & Cremations in Fort Worth for his compassion and wonderful service, going above and beyond what was expected.
A memorial service for family, friends and others whose lives Kenny touched will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 5001 Altamesa Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas. A private luncheon, by invitation only, will be held for family and close friends following the Memorial. Mexican food will be served, Kenny's favorite.
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