Mr. Derrick Emory Britt

  • Born: October 22, 1990
  • Died: October 9, 2009
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Dunbar Funerals and Cremations

3926 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205
Tel. (803) 771-7990

Tribute & Message From The Family

Columbia - Funeral service for Derrick Emory Britt, 18, will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial in Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. Monday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
Derrick died October 9, 2009. Born October 22, 1990, in Columbia, he was a son of Emily Jr. and Margaret “Peggy” Cherry Britt. A 2009 Graduate of Cardinal Newman High School, he had been accepted into Johnson and Wales University Culinary Arts Program. Derrick, an Eagle Scout, enjoyed camping and outdoor activities with Scouting. He cherished time spent with family and friends, music and laughter, PC gaming, Camp Kemo and, Lasting Impressions "LI" activities.
Surviving are his parents of Columbia; siblings, Allison Brown of Chipley, Fla., Michelle and Caitlin Britt, both of Columbia; grandparents, Dorothy Britt, Campbellton, Fla., Margaret Cherry, Orland Park, Ill., Thomas Cherry, Port St. Lucy, Fla.; a host of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and friends.
Memorials may be made to Camp Kemo, Seven Richland Medical Park Suite 203 Columbia, SC 29203.


Condolence & Memory Journal

You were a friend to all. You always made me look on the brighter side of things. I didn't know you had cancer until junior year but it never seemed to bother you. You were a strong guy. I wish I was strong like you.

Posted by Briley Derrick - Columbia, SC - friend   October 22, 2010

November 07, 2009
Aloha Peggy & Britt:

I was deeply saddened to hear of Derrick's passing today. I remember him as a baby. It's hard to believe that so much time has passed.

I am forever grateful for the support & love that you extended to the Wynn family when Dad passed. I am now hopeful that you will find the same sort of compassion as you navigate this loss.

Memories can never be lost. May they sustain you.

With my condolences,

Miss Tara M. H. Wynn

Posted by Miss Tara M. H. Wynn - He'eia, HI   November 08, 2009

Dear Britt Family, Just wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. Derrick was an amazing young man and was blessed to have such a loving family. He will be missed by many. I wish you comfort and peace and the healing grace of good memories. Sincerely, Donna

Posted by Donna Burrows - Columbia, SC   October 20, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories of Derrick bring you comfort.

Darlene Pinkston
(Friend of Valarie Smith)

Posted by Darlene Pinkston - Marietta, GA   October 20, 2009


My prayers and sympathy go out to your family at this time of sorrow. I know what it is like to lose a child. You never think that your children will leave this earth before you, but God has other plans for him.

Blessing to your family.

Posted by Nicki Groze de Vaughn - Baton Rouge, LA   October 16, 2009

Mr. and Mrs Britt, Myself and wife terri are so sorry to hear of the lost of Derrick. We did not know and all of our throughts are with you both. God bless you both and let us know if we can help you in anyway.
Walter and Terri Reed

Posted by Walter Reed - Columbia, SC   October 16, 2009

Our hearts go out to you. Derrick will be deeply missed.


Our Prayers and condolences are with you during a difficult time. May God provide the comfort that surpasses all understanding. The Mollett Family

Posted by David ( Cat ) Mollett - Hopkins, SC   October 14, 2009


We loved how Derrick was always such a focused and determined boy and young man. He loved the outdoors and was always enthusiastic about camping and outdoor activities. Because he was such a hard worker, he was able to catch up in rank, on his own initiative, to the boys a year older than he was. Derrick, we will miss the smile you always had on your face. God be with Britt, Peggy, Caitlin and Michelle. You are in our constant prayers and the prayers of more people than you can imagine.

Posted by Phil and Leslie Dunn - Cayce, SC   October 14, 2009


Peggy, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Teresa Galassie    October 14, 2009


Dear Caitlin and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve. Caitlin, may your dancing have a new spark, in memory of your dear brother. Much love to you all-- Kara Conder Corley (dance teacher @ Hand Middle)

Posted by Kara Conder Corley    October 14, 2009

Dear Britt Family,

It was such an honor and a priviledge getting to know Derrick and his entire family. Derrick was such an inspiration to all of us. He has a very special place in my heart! Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Much love,
Kay Wescott

Posted by Kay Wescott - Columbia, SC   October 14, 2009

Britt family, please know that the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7 We are keeping you in our prayers, love Ricky and Sylvia Bowens and family.

Posted by Ricky and Sylvia Bowens - Columbus, GA   October 14, 2009

Britt and Peggy- We shared our love for Derrick with you during his fight and at the service today. What we did not say to you, was how remarkable and loving you both are. To go through the past years along side Derrick fighting this had to be so hard. What I saw was a family that loves and cares for each other. I saw parents that were always present for every event, program and game, As you saw by the outpouring of affection and the number of people at his service , he was so loved and people thought he was a good boy. He got those traits from good parents. You should be so proud of the son you raised and how wonderful he was. It is a reflection on you, And as we will always love Derrick, know that we love you both equally and are here for you no matter what.

Posted by Tommy and CArmen - irmo, SC   October 13, 2009

To the Britt family, I am so sorry to hear about Derrick. Keyah and Derrick met in LI in January of this year. He was such a good friend to her and helped her get through some things. Please know that your family will be in our prayers.

Posted by Karyne and Keyah Worthy - Columbia, SC   October 13, 2009

Emily & Peggy, these last few days I know had to be the hardest a human being can bare, No One can know your pain and sorrow. You can know this though, he lives on in our hearts & souls. He will never be forgotten because he is God's #1 Draft Pick. We love & miss him dearly, & we also love you and your family.

Posted by Michael B. Johnson & Family - Columbia, SC   October 13, 2009


Peggy, Britt, & all of the family, it was a
beautiful service for a beautiful boy. I send my love and condolences. Though he is
missed more than words in this world can tell, I like to think of the joy he is
experiencing with God!! You are in my prayers, all of you, if I can do anything
and I mean ANYTHING please call me. Love
and Blessings, Ginny

Posted by Ginny Hurley    October 13, 2009

Derrick, I'm going to miss you so much. I have known you since the 7th grade and you are a great friend to everyone. I would have died in ceramics class this year if it wasn't for you. You are hilarious, kind, and a trustworthly guy that I am going to miss very, very much. I miss hanging out with you. I use to have a great time when I did, though. You are in a better place now. You and your family will always be in my prayers forever and ever. Love you Derrick!

Christine Lutfy

Posted by Christine Lutfy - Columbia, SC   October 13, 2009

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Caitlin and Peggy please know that Kaitlynn and I are a phone call away if you need anything. We love you!

Posted by Dina, Kaitlynn and Terry Burkett - Lexington, SC   October 13, 2009

Derrick always had a smile and always gave his best. we lost a wonderful person.

Posted by John Burbage - Columbia, SC   October 13, 2009

You and your family have my deepest sympathy and condolences.

Posted by Mary Agnew - Columbia, SC   October 13, 2009

To Peggy and family,
words alone are not always enough to comfort you at this time. But knowing that he is in a place where he is not in any pain any more should bring comfort. He fought a good fight and ran his course. He is in the presence of the Lord now, what a wonderful place to be. Find comfort in the Lord and His promises to us. You are in our prayers for strength during this difficult time.

Posted by Roz Bird - Columbia, SC   October 13, 2009

My heart is extremely heavy this morning as I heard of the passing of your precious baby. Peggy, I will keep you and your family in my prayers as I have done since you started this journey. GOD BLESS, Pam

Posted by Pamela Sykes - Columbia, SC   October 13, 2009

Just wanted to send our condolences to you Junior and the family. Words are often not enough but your family is in our prayers. We will all miss Derrick and we love you all very much.

Posted by Cassandra "Sue" Danzey, James, Brittney, Bianca, and Brandon Dan - Dothan, AL   October 13, 2009

Hi Junior,
i am sorry to hear about your loss. I and my family are praying for you and your family. It is just so sad that we are speaking at this time considering that we are family. It has been too long that I have not seen you this is your little cousin Renee....aunt Irene's daughter. Again i am sorry for your lost but do know that God will see you through always!

Posted by Renee - Coral Springs, FL   October 12, 2009

Jr,Peggy,& Girls, There is Love in my heart for you all. I will miss my nephew but I want you to know God heals all wounds. Jr. & Peggy God gave you a handsome son, you raised him then God called for him. May God continue to Bless and keep his hands on all of you while you are going through this storm. Our prayers are to continue to lift you up.

Posted by Lynn & Diane Curry - Clarksville, TN   October 12, 2009

Derrick is in the hands of God. May God bless your family and walk you through these hard times. Your family is in our hearts and prayers.

Posted by Carla Lockerd - Conyers, GA   October 12, 2009

Derrick was my first friend in my whole life we always were together and he was like a brother to me. I remember all the summers were we went to each others houses for almost months at a time and we would be apart for only about a week. He was always there for me and I would have done anything for him. He was the most amazing friend a guy could ever ask for and I am so lucky to have had him in my life.

Posted by Alex Hudson - Irmo, SC   October 12, 2009

Hi, Jr.

My family and I are just so sad to here about your lost,I was shocked to hear about Derrick, because Val had called me to tell me what was going on with you guys and Derrick, and at the time we were going out of town.But let us know what we can do,I am in the prosscess of informing Darrell and Renee. Again we send our condolences out to you and your family.

Posted by Edward C Benson - LAUDERDALE LAKES, FL   October 12, 2009

I have sooooo many wonderful memories of Derrick Britt. I first got to know him as a little boy playing soccer. He was a tough, tenacious kid, always doing exactly what i asked... unless he had his collection of Pokemon cards out. One of my favorite memories is from a league championship semifinal. Derrick got taken down pretty hard, but no foul was called. I helped him up and asked if he wanted to come out of the game. He looked at me with tears in his eyes, shook his head "no", and took off down the field. He stole the ball from the much bigger kid who had knocked him down, dribbled the length of the field with a fierce determination on his face and scored. What a proud moment for a coach that was.

I also got to watch Derrick grow up and advance in Scouting. The memories have been flooding over me this week. Derrick giving a speech for his Communications badge was way more of a challenge than kayaking across a river in a storm, or climbing the tower at Camp Lumpkin, but he approached each challenge with the same determination, the same smile, the same positive attitude. I never heard Derrick utter the words, "I can't do it". We all enjoyed camping, boys and adults, but nobody seemed to be more in their element in the woods than Derrick. He epitomizes the true meaning of an Eagle Scout.

I have truly been blessed to have had such a fine young man in my life.

Posted by Jim Estes - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009

Dearest Peggy and Britt,

I am very saddened to hear of your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Kat Rowland
Carolina Pulmonary & Critical Care, PA

Posted by Kat Rowland - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009

Hey man, I'm gonna miss you so much. You always knew how to make me laugh and I'm sure your sense of humor will make you many friends in Heaven. I'm sorry you had to leave us so early but I know you are in a better place. I'm so glad I got to see you one last time this summer. You finally got your wings Derrick. I love you man. And I am praying for your family.

Posted by Sim Harmon - Gilbert, SC   October 12, 2009


Dear Britt Family,

Although I did not have the priviledge of knowing Derrick, I know he was a good friend to my nephew Brian Cleary. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. God bless you!

Eileen Sullivan
parishioner of St. Joseph's

Posted by Eileen Sullivan    October 12, 2009

With Thoughts of Sympathy
When you loose someone very precious , no one else can really know all that you feel. But, please know that many caring thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Posted by Bonzell and Nettie Lewis - Dothan, AL   October 12, 2009

You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.
Bill and Anna Coracy
Legion of Mary, Our Lady of the Hills.

Posted by William and Anna Coracy,Legion of Mary, Our Lady of the Hills - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009


Thinking of all of you during your time of bereavement. Know that Derrick lived a wonderful life sharing his love of sports, friendship, endurance, determination and love with us all.
1 Luv
Jill Asouzu

Posted by Jill Asouzu - columbia, SC   October 12, 2009

My eyes filled up with tears as I heard the news
It never occurred to me, how much I could lose
I find myself wishing that it wasn't real
Every time I think about it, pain is all I can feel
Tears fall from my eyes, I can barely see
But my heart tells me that he'll always be with me
I'm glad he feels no pain now-he lives in a perfect land.

Posted by Roderick D. Britt Curry - Nashville, TN   October 12, 2009


Dear Friends,

we are extremely saddened by the loss of such a wonderful young man, and stand with you in this very sad time. As I look out of my window, the sky is crying with me, in this gray, gloomy day. I know that Derrick's memory will stay with us, even with those of us who knew him mostly through you, rather than directly and personally, as a shining example of courage, love, and faith. All I can think about is his lovely smile, shining even when the outlook was grim and his burden heavy, and his relentless determination to fight, all the way to the end, echoed and supported by all of you. Courage, during these difficult times, was a shared virtue in your family. Derrick is in a peaceful place and free of suffering, and his brief life was certainly not wasted: I believe he taught all of us many lessons in patience, perseverance, and courage. I know that we will all work to make sure that these lessons are not forgotten, and that his example and his memory will encourage all of us to be better people, love more deeply and more openly, forgive more easily, live every moment at its fullest, and embrace all the people we love, without worrying about the danger of losing them, at some point: in a way, we are all destined to lose those whom we love; in reality, however, we never do, as the spirits we are linked to by connections of love travel with us. In this very, very dark time, it is hard not to be angry: why him, God, why us? But Derrick's own example will induce us all, in time, to be thankful that he was with us and that we had a chance to know him, even for such a brief time. Thankful that he still exists, in his current glorious form, knowing that we all will see him again, one day. I happen to believe that we do not lose those who pass on, as our spirit is immortal, and people like Derrick belong among the Angels that guide us and teach us, and lead the way, from the arms of God. May you find solace in these thoughts, now or as soon as time eases a bit the pain you feel today.

With great sympathy and friendship,


Posted by Mary, Thomas, Lucia and Kim Creek - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009

Derrick is the most courageous man I have ever known. He was able to be, in part, because of the wonderful love and support of his parents. We will all miss him at Cardinal Newman.

Posted by Fred Perry - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009

Although I did not know your son personally I know of all the love that was shown no finer parents than you both were. Please accept our most humblest condolences for your loss. May God be with your family during this time. My love always sincerely
Ed Matthews.

Posted by mr. & mrs. ed matthews - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009

Peggy and Family,

My thoughts and Prayers are with you during this time.

Love, Donna

Posted by Donna James - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009

Britt, Peggy and family--
Knowing Derrick since kindergarten, we have always known what special parents you guys must be. Everyone always says such nice things when a person passes away, it just becomes expected, but with Derrick, words just aren't enough to say how amazing he was. Derrick was always such an exceptional little boy and young man. He stood out among his peers since we have known him. He was always so eager to please, so polite and considerate, never saying a negative word about anyone (unless they didn't like Pokeman :))
My favorite memory of Derrick was when he was at my house for a soccer party, and there was a dead snake at the bottom of the pool and everyone (including all the boys on the soccer team) where running around screaming--didn't know what to do about it--Derrick didn't say a word--he jumped into the pool--grabbed the snake with his bare hands, and came and found me (still carrying the snake!) and said--"I got the snake out for you Mrs. Estes--can we swim now?"
My daughter Samantha just idolized Derrick--her being 13 now, but when she was at the end of kindergarten at St. Peter's and knew her brother would be leaving there to start 7th grade at Cardinal Newman the following year--Derrick said to her "Don't worry Sammie--I'll watch out for you next year!" And last year, when she was a 7th grader at CN, I asked her one day if she saw Derrick around campus, she said she had, but she didn't speak to him, because she didn't think he remembered her (he was a big Senior) several short days later--standing in the library when Derrick walked in--he called out across the library--"Hey Sammie Estes!" She was so proud in front of her other 7th grade friends, that this big Senior boy had known her and spoken to her!
Britt and Peggy, I know you guys feel blessed to have had Derrick for almost 19 years, but he was also truly blessed to have you guys too!! You raised a truly special young man--and I know there is an amazing welcoming party in Heaven for Derrick today, and he is breathing easy and feeling great again!
You will always be in our prayers, and Thank You for allowing us to know your son the past 14 years!
Much Love
The Estes Family

Posted by Jim and Suzi Estes - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009

Britt, Peggy and Girls,
Please know our prayers are with you. Derrick will always be an inspiration to us and others. He had the ambition and drive to be the best. May he be forever with God who made him who he was. God's love and strength be with you all. With all our love,
The Cass Family

Posted by John, Annie, Andrew, Nathan, Matthew and Ian Cass - Stuttgart, Germany   October 12, 2009

At a time when words are hard to find...I want you to know I am thinking of you.

Posted by Ezell Pittman, PhD - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009

Our hearts ache with sorrow. We are so saddened for your loss. Derrick will live forever in all of our hearts and thoughts.

God Bless.

Peter and Susan Engle

Posted by Peter and Susan Engle - Middlebrook, MO   October 12, 2009

We will always remember Derrick and Benjamin growing up together, playing soccer together, and having adventures in Cub Scouts together. He was an incredible young man with the courage and fortitude to meet life head-on, and make the most of it. He will be waiting for you in God's loving care.

Posted by Eric, Diane, Benjamin and Emily Davis - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009

With deepest sympanthy, my prayers are with you and your family Junior; Love, John Douglas.

Posted by John Douglas Britt - Jacksonville, FL   October 12, 2009

Thinking of you during your time of sadness. Praying that God will confort and keep you.

Posted by Henry W. Wiggs - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009

Dear Britt Family,
What an amazing young man Derrick was! He was a true friend to my son and a wonderful example to all. God bless you and keep you during your time of sorrow.Dovbell fenimore

Posted by Katy Cleary - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009

Dear Caitlin, Peggy & Family,
My sincere and heart felt condolences during this time of grief. There are no words to comfort, but know there are so many friends, family and dancers keeping you all in their prayers.
My love and peace to you all
Kathleen Lee

Posted by Kathleen Lee - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009

I am so sorry for your loss. I admired Derrick as he fought his battle with such courage. He was an inspiration for many in the Cardinal Newman community. We were all so proud when he graduated. He will be greatly missed. God Bless you.

Posted by Denise Maracich - Columbia, SC   October 12, 2009


Dear Britt Family,
I am so sorry for your loss Derrick was a very nice young man who fought very hard and now is in peace! I pray for all of you! God Bless You
-Adare R. Brown

Posted by Adare Brown    October 12, 2009

We had the joy of knowing and loving Derrick since he and Alex became best friends in K5 at St. Peters School. He was a part of our family and he will be missed He was a special young man , we were lucky to have had him in our lives.

The Hudson
Tommy, Carmen, Alex, Erika and Kelsey

Posted by The Hudson Family - Irmo, SC   October 11, 2009

You were an inspiring example of courage to us all. We will miss you Derrick.

Posted by steve nate and pat smith - Columbia, SC   October 11, 2009

Dear Derrick, I saw you this summer and seeing you able to walk made me feel good. You fought so hard! I know you are in a better place now! Can you do me a favor and tell my mommy I said hi!
Adare R. Brown :)

Posted by Adare Brown - Columbia, SC   October 11, 2009

Derrick, my nephew, whom I loved dearly, you will be sorely missed. I am very thankful for the time you were in my life and the joy you brought. Although, you are no longer here, your memories will live on in my heart and I know you are in a better place with no more suffering. Peace, your Aunt Val.

Posted by Valare Smith - lithonia, GA   October 11, 2009

The staff of Dunbar Funeral Home extends deepest sympathy to the Britt family.

Posted by Merridy Halfacre - Columbia, SC   October 11, 2009