Charles Edward Clifton Britton was born in Norwood, Massachusetts, in 1913. He earned both undergraduate (1933) and graduate (MBA, 1935) degrees from Boston University. His wife, Nancy Blanchard Britton, was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1915 but moved to Stoneham, Massachusetts, at the age of two. She studied two years at Women's College, Middlebury [Vermont]. Mr. Britton moved to Kingsport, Tennessee, in 1936, and, the following year, the Brittons were married. Mr. Britton was employed as an accountant at Holliston Mills in Kingsport until his retirement in 1975.
Charles Britton was an air raid warden during World War II. He was a first aid instructor, a member of the Kingsport Life-Saving Crew, and an honorary life member of the Kingsport Theatre Guild. Nancy Britton was a member of the Watauga Audubon Society, the Parent-Teachers' Association (PTA), the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Symphony Orchestra Association. Both Mr. and Mrs. Britton were members of Friends of the Reece Museum.