Nancy Ann Britton

Published 1:08 pm Thursday, March 21, 2024

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TRYON – Nancy Ann Nixon Britton of Tryon passed away Saturday afternoon, March 2, 2024, at Upstate Community Hospice House in Landrum.

Nancy was born July 13, 1938, in New Jersey to the late Charles Nixon and Thelma Osmun Nixon and wife of the late Edward “Ed” Hoyt Britton, Jr. who passed away in 2021. She and Ed were married on October 5, 1957. She and Ed lived in New Jersey until they moved to Tryon in 1981. During her time in New Jersey, she was employed as a secretary of the Flemington Baptist Church where she was a member since being baptized May 11, 1958. She and Ed also owned and operated the Carpet Center.

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In North Carolina, Ed designed and built their dream log home viewing the White Oak Mountains. They also owned and operated Skyuka Ace Hardware in Lynn until their retirement in 1999. After retiring, she and Ed enjoyed traveling and dividing their time between Tryon and their home in Merritt Island, Florida. They sold that home in 2013 and continued to live in Columbus. Nancy’s biggest joy came from being with family and cooking their favorite meals. Her other hobbies were crafts, needlework, and anything to do with nature. When in Florida, she belonged to Hug-A-Bear, making bears for two hospitals. In Tryon, she volunteered at Second Chance Thrift Store and Thermal Belt Outreach.

Nancy is survived by two sons, Chuck Britton (Denise) of Columbus and Ed Britton, III (Laurie) of Powell, Tennessee; one daughter, Linda Hickey of Tomball, Texas; seven grandchildren, Joshua Fitz, Jeremey Fitz, Haley Agriesti (Mike), Justin Fitz, Christina Osborne (Alex), Brandon Britton (Brittany) and Caitlin Britton; four great-grandchildren, Luke Agriesti, Nolan Agriesti, Zoey Osborne and Garrison Fitz.

A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held March 30, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Tryon with Dr. Jeff Harris officiating.

A reception will follow the service in the First Baptist Church of Tryon Gathering Space.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Tryon, Post Office Box 1287, Tryon, North Carolina 28782 or to Steps to Hope, Post Office Box 518, Columbus, North Carolina 28722.

An online guest register is available at

McFarland Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Tryon, North Carolina