History of the Restoration Movement

Ollie Eugene Britnell


Gospel Preacher

His wife Madelene was born Sept. 12, 1925. Eugene Britnell began his regular work of writing for Searching The Scriptures last January. His effective teaching by way of the printed page, however, goes back some 14 years in a monthly paper he edits called "The Sower." His many fine lessons and exposing of error through this medium are well known all across the nation. I was happy when he agreed to write a regular column forSearching The Scriptures. Eugene Britnell was born September 28, 1924 near Russellville, Alabama. He attended schools in Alabama and lived in Franklin County until 1950. He was baptized by M. C. Love in August, 1942 and began preaching six years later in Russellville, Alabama. He married Madelene Vandiver and to this union two sons were born. Olen, who married Jane Ward of Lakeland, Florida, is now living in Huntsville, Alabama where he is working as an engineer with IBM. Keith is now 14 and attending school in Little Rock, Arkansas. Brother Britnell's first regular work was with the church in Manila, Arkansas in 1950. Since that time he has labored with churches in Newark, Tuckerman, and Little Rock, Arkansas. He has been with the Arch Street church in Little Rock for more than seven years. He has preached regularly on radio programs for the past sixteen years and is now on one of the most powerful radio stations in the U.S. He has had seven public debates and one written debate with John Simpson on the current issue in the church. He preaches in all parts of the nation in meetings each year. He has written a number of tracts, among which are: "Why Be Just A Christian?", "The First Converts Under The New Testament," "Gems of Truth," "Shocking Quotes," "Missionary And Benevolent Societies," and "The Sponsoring Church." -- Searching The Scriptures, 1969.

-Find-A-Grave Entry


Ollie Eugene Britnell age 88 of Athens, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Huntsville Hospital. Mr. Britnell was born September 28, 1924 in Franklin County, AL to Jessie Elmer Britnell and Alta M. Creekmore Britnell.
Services will be Thursday, June 6, 2013 2:00 p.m., at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home with Charlie Britnell, Greg Chandler, David Harwell and Norm Webb officiating.Visitation will be Thursday, from 11:00 A. M. until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service. Private family burial will be in Athens City Cemetery.
Mr. Britnell was a longtime Church of Christ Minister for 60 years.
Preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Alta Britnell.
Survived by his wife, Madelene Britnell of Athens; two sons, Olen Britnell and wife, Jane of Athens and Keith Britnell and wife, Mary Jo of Harvest; six grandchildren, Barry Britnell and wife, Tabatha, Bonny Black and husband, Daryl, Barbara Jo Webb and husband, Norm Jr. all of Athens, Lauren McNatt and husband, Jeremy of Nashville, Julie Britnell and Cody Britnell both of Harvest; ten great-grandchildren, Jacob Britnell, Samuel Britnell, Elizabeth Ann Britnell, Bailey Black, Lacey Beth Black, Maggie Black, Meredith Black, Emily Webb, Kara Webb and Sabrina Webb; brother, Charlie Britnell and wife, Sue of Russellville, AL. Pallbearers will be Bailey Black, Daryl Black, Barry Britnell, Jacob Britnell, Larry Leopard, Jeremy McNatt, Stanley McNatt and Ray Pressley.

Source: Lynn McMillen, 6 June 2013, http://quadcitiesdaily.com.s140587.gridserver.com/?p=97306
Note:This is a timed piece. Some of those enlisted as living may be now deceased.

Eugene & Madeline Britnell
March 12, 2012
On their 70th Wedding Anniversary

News Release

Eugene and Madelene Britnell of Athens will celebrate their 70th anniversary March 14.

Mr. and Mrs. Britnell were married March 14, 1942, in Franklin County.

They have two children, Olen Eugene Britnell of Athens and Charles Keith Britnell of Harvest, and six grandchildren, Barry Britnell, Bonny Britnell Black and Barbara Jo Britnell Webb, all of Athens, Lauren Britnell McNatt of Nashville, Tenn., and Julie Elizabeth Britnell and Charles Cody Britnell, both of Harvest. They have 10 great-grandchildren.

Source: The News Courier - http://enewscourier.com/anniversaries/x2029124081/ANNIVERSARY-Britnells-celebrate-70-years-together#sthash.8Vy02u05.dpuf

Directions To Grave

In North Alabama, take I-65 to Exit 351, Hwy. 72, in Athens. Head west and turn right on Hwy. 31. In about a half mile, turn left on Hobbs St. Go a quarter mile and you will see the cemetery on the left. Enter the main entrance up the hill. There will be a parking are on the right, but go left to get into the cemtery. At the top of the hill, stop the car and look to your left. You should be able t see the grave of Eugene Britnell.

GPS Location
34.803910, -86.962835

Madeline - September 12, 1925 -
Eugene - September 28, 1924 - June 4, 2013

Photos Taken 2.6.2015
Webpage produced 05.31.2016
Courtesy Of Scott Harp

Special Recognition: Thanks to C. Wayne Kilpatrick for showing me the location of the grave of Eugene Britnell in the beautiful cemetery in Athens, Alabama.

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