Jean Casey Brittain

Jean Casey Brittain

Jean Casey Brittain made her triumphant entry into heaven on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. She was born on February 13, 1928 in Inman S.C., the youngest child of Oliver Riley and Julia Metalf Casey. She married her childhood sweetheart, Rev. Thomas N. Brittain, on July 2, 1947 at Inman Methodist Church. She and her husband celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past July.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Thomas Casey Brittain (Kathy) of Myrtle Beach S.C. and her daughter, Jan Brittain (Cecil Donahue) of Mooresville N.C., by four loving grandchildren, their spouses and six great grandchildren. Thomas Casey Brittain, Jr. (Yvonne, Anna Kate and Walker), Andrew Preston Brittain (Elizabeth, Dunbar and Magnus), Mary Madison Brittain Langway (Drew, Lilly and Andrew) of Myrtle Beach S.C. and Riley Brittain Donahue (Jenica) of Brooklyn NY. Her children, grandchildren and great grands were the delight of her life and they all “rise up and call her blessed.”

She was predeceased by her seven siblings: Roy, Blease, Alice, Hugh (Bub), Neill, Dan and Billy (who gave his life for America in WWII) and by one beloved grandchild Thomas Wade Donahue.

She graduated from Inman High School in 1945, having spent her childhood and youth in the years of the depression and World War II. She graduated from Spartanburg Methodist College and attended Limestone College in Gaffney.

She lived in Atlanta Ga. while her husband attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University, teaching school in Dallas and Decatur Ga. After returning to S.C. she continued to work in the schools as a substitute, both short and long term.

But her main responsibility and her chosen work revolved around her two roles as Pastor’s wife and mother. She thought of herself as the pastor’s helper and made a tremendous difference in the lives of people who were part of the churches her husband served across S.C. She always taught Sunday School (Usually 5th graders), often sang in the choir, served on various committees, prepared countless casseroles, loved being part of the United Methodist Women with their focus on Mission and was a tireless prayer warrior. Her place on the second pew of every congregation was a comfort and encouragement to family and friend alike.  Jean added her style and warmth to parsonages across the state, turning each of them into beloved homes for her family and a place of hospitality for all. She supported her children in every aspect of their lives, attending countless football and basketball games, concerts and plays, giving support and aid to their families throughout the years.

She also loved to travel, to see new places, visit beautiful and historic sites and meet new people. The little girl from Inman S.C. traveled to all 50 states, 36 countries, half a dozen islands and four continents. To God be the Glory.

The family will receive friends at McMillan Funeral Home (910 67th Ave N, Myrtle Beach) on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. The family will be at 1003 Louise Drive (Tommy’s House) on Friday afternoon.

Friend and family will gather to celebrate this life of faith, hope and love and give thanks for the promise of a shared eternity at First United Methodist Church, Myrtle Beach on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3:00pm.

Memorials may be made to: The Children’s Ministry at the church of your choice or

The Jean Casey Brittain Endowed Scholarship at: Spartanburg Methodist College 1000 Powell Mill Rd, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.

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Created On: 02/13/2018 13:29:36

My sincere condolences to the Brittain family. May your many memories of Jean bring you peace. The Bible reminds us that Almighty God is "Close to those who are broken at heart. He saves those who are crushed in spirit" Psalm 34:18).

Kay and George Nicholson
Myrtle Beach, SC
Created On: 02/12/2018 18:08:32

Our sincere condolences to the entire Brittain family on the passing of a fine lady who embodied what it meant to truly love the Lord.

Mary Gilreath Willis
Spartanburg, SC
Created On: 02/11/2018 16:33:42

Tom - I am thinking of you, and remembering Jean with so much love and admiration. She was an amazing woman.

Sam Stilwell
Greenville S.C.
Created On: 02/10/2018 19:55:30

Tommy and family, just read about your Mother's death in The State. I know how much of a loss that is to all of you. My sincerest condolences go out to all the family

Kristie & David Carter
Created On: 02/10/2018 15:55:14

Praying our Heavenly Father will hold you tenderly and comfort as only He can during this difficult time and the days ahead.

Created On: 02/09/2018 20:34:21

My husband and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of your beloved Jean. Although we hadn’t had the opportunity to meet Jean personally we do understand the pain of losing one so dear. We would like to share with you comfort we have experienced from Gods word found in,
2 Corinthians 1:3,4. Our Heavenly Father is truly a wonderful source of comfort, he is always there for the broken hearted and those crushed in spirit ( Psalm 34:18) Please take a few moments, share your memories with those who surround you, for the memories shared are the ones most truly cherished, may they bring you comfort and peace as you begin to heal. Take care of yourselves and each other during this very difficult time.

Dena Myers
Mooresville, NC
Created On: 02/08/2018 21:07:05

Jan and Family,

I am sending my love and prayers of thanksgiving to you for a life lived well in the eyes of our Lord and all of those that knew your wonderful mother. Her example of a Mom, Wife and Christian woman has been a guiding light to us all. I wish you all comfort in the coming days.


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