"Everybody's shocked, but, we know he's in a better place and we'll see him again one day," Lee County High School Junior Mitchell Coggins said.
Coggins met Britt in the second grade. He says the two grew up in the tight knight community of Sanford. They shared honors classes, ran track and played varsity football at Lee County High.
Coggins says the two knew they would be friends forever.
"Me and him always talked about we wanted to go to college together and room together and we just knew we just wanted to go to the same college and we were best friends," Coggins said.
That dream was shattered in an instant Friday evening.
Coggins says Britt was driving home from his girlfriend's house, heading north on US 1 near Highway 42 around 11 p.m. Friday. That's when he hit a car facing the wrong direction head-on.
Police say the car was stopped in the highway without its headlights on. The driver, 48-year-old Anthony Boswell, also was killed in the wreck.
According to the police report, Boswell was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
"I really don't know what to make of it, shock; I can't believe it's real," Coggins said.
At New Hope Baptist church on Sunday, the congregation offered special prayers for Britt.
"Just a great kid, wonderful human being and he's gonna be missed," Reverend Brian Parker said. "That's the only thing we can do love them pray for them and let them know he's not forgotten."
"Josh is not forgotten, he's got a legacy that he's left and that our God our God is great enough to receive him," Parker said.
Friends say Britt had a strong faith that is helping them deal with his passing.
"I just know my church family helps me and I just know it's going to be all right, and I just know he's watching over us right now," Coggins said.
The funeral service for Joshua "Josh" Britt has been changed to:
Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center 1801 Nash Street, Sanford, NC 27330
(Across from Lee Senior High School)
Wednesday, May 19th, 4:00 PM