Kenneth Brando Britton, affectionately called by his middle name, Brando, transitioned into his next life on December 9, 2022.
He was born on May 21, 1961, to the late Reverend Walter C. Britton Jr. and the late Melvene Washington Britton. After graduating from Blackshear High School in 1979, Brando joined his parents in farming. However, throughout his life he also worked in the custodial, home construction and retail industries.
Having a strong sense of justice, he campaigned tirelessly for the local Lion’s Club to put out flags to honor Martin Luther King Day. After several years, his efforts were finally rewarded and in 1998, the Lions Club put out the first flags for King Day. Then in 2002, he set his sights on local politics and ran for city council. Though he did not win, he remained vocal in his community, always ready to right wrongs and stand up for those who did not have a voice.
He grew up in Greater St. James AME Church in Blackshear but later became a member and enthusiastic chorister at First United Methodist in Blackshear. He was also a summer youth leader at First United Methodist and served as a Tail Twister for the Blackshear Lions Club.
Brando leaves behind five siblings: older sister and confidant, Felicia Hill (Ronnie) of Blackshear, Big brother and mentor, Dexter Britton of Blackshear, GA. Middle sister and fellow Soul Train aficionado, Samantha Cook of Phoenix, AZ. Younger sister and caregiver, Rhonda Britton of Blackshear. Baby sister and philosophical debate partner, Nicole Hagood (Hassan) of Atlanta, GA. His older brother, Stanley Britton preceded him in death in 2013.
Brando never married or had children but he was the favorite uncle to Clayton Hill and Douglas Hill (Dylinder), both of Blackshear, GA; Tonya Denton of Metairie, LA; A. J. Britton of Waycross, GA; Jamie Cook ( Deanna) of Tampa, FL; Latrail Cook of Columbus, GA; Jonathan Cook of Roanoke, VA; Christopher Cook of Savannah, GA; Rajan Cook of Phoenix, AZ; Nazareth Hagood of London, England and Victoria Hagood of Atlanta, GA. . He also leaves to mourn four great nephews: Traybian Williams Hill of Blackshear, GA; Jayden Britton of Waycross, GA; Titus Cook of Tampa, FL; and Zymere Hill of Blackshear; and three great nieces: Tasha Hill of Metairie, LA; Ava Cook of Columbus, GA; Maliyah Hill of Blackshear.
Brando will also be greatly missed by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and last, but not least, his beloved canine companion, Samson.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 12 pm at Greater St. James AME Church located at 526 Cherry Street, Blackshear, GA 31516. Burial will follow at The Ridge Cemetery in Patterson, Georgia.
The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the service.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.hartfh.com.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.