Chaplain James Britt has devoted a large part of his life to serving the Lord. In that time, he has served Him and those he has touched with great respect and dedication.
Britt is well known in our community. When he’s not spending time with his beloved family, writing passionate letters to this newspaper or walking his dog around town, he can be found volunteering as a hospital chaplain at The Medical Center.
Britt, who was a pastor before serving as a hospital chaplain, began consoling patients in 1978 when he worked as a full-time chaplain at the former city-county hospital.
He has given so much to the hospital in his visits to patients over three decades. We believe because of his devotion to those patients and The Medical Center that the prayer room at the hospital’s Hospitality House, which will be called Chaplain James Britt Prayer Room, was a very fitting recognition.
On Monday, Britt believed he was going to the Hospitality House to see a patient, but instead walked into a large crowd assembled to honor him and to witness the dedication of the room.
Britt’s daughter and son-in-law, Beth and David Bradford, and a friend, Coverall Biggers, donated a total of $100,000 to Hospitality House and requested that the prayer room be named for Britt.
Britt was very humbled by the honor and was brought to tears by the event.
Britt, during his time at The Medical Center, has encountered his share of tough situations where he is with patients in their final days or hours, and he has seen the sudden death of children. But good has come out of those very difficult experiences. Britt has formed many meaningful relationships and friendships through his work.
Bradford said, “It’s just in honor of a giant among men – one of the greatest men I know. It’s just ... a very appropriate place for his name to last forever.”
These are words well spoken.
Britt’s acts are selfless. We could think of no one more deserving to have been honored in this manner.