.One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for July 30, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Over the last 30 years I have come into contact with a lot of good friends through my associations with civic and professional organizations. I have been involved with the Chamber of Commerce, Communities in Schools, City Recreation, NCAA Committees, and the Kiwanis Club. It was thru the Kiwanis Club that I got to know a great leader and become friends with Jay Britt.
Jay lives in Lumberton, NC and I got to really know him as he progressed thru the leadership ranks of the Kiwanis Club. Jay eventually became the president of the club and during his tenure the club accomplished a lot towards the mission of serving children. During Jay presidency the big way the club could serve was to raise money thru a summer golf tournament or pancake supper.
The club then takes those proceeds and distributes them back into the community specifically in Lumberton, at UNC Pembroke, or in Robeson County (NC).
Jay is an agent for Farm Bureau Insurance in Lumberton, NC. He specializes in tailoring insurance and banking solutions to fit individual needs. Jay is a licensed multi-line agent providing auto, homeowners, business, boat, renter’s, farm equipment, long-term care, and life insurance products across the state of North Carolina.
Prior to going to work at Farm Bureau Jay was a very popular and successful banker with Lumbee Guaranty Bank from 2008 to 2014. Jay epitomizes the best practice of getting involved with your community. A partial list of what he has been involved with would include; Lumberton Community Relations Commission, Board Member and Chairman Lumberton Chamber of Commerce, Board Member at Southeastern Academy, Board member of UNCP Endowment Board, and founding board member of the Lumberton Football Association. Jay Britt’s leadership and service are weaved all across our community.
Jay has earned several advanced certifications related to banking from LSU and UNC. He did his undergraduate work at NC State and he is a “Wolfpack” zealot. I am happy to report that he does support UNC Pembroke and he had a great visit several years ago on the sidelines during UNCP 2011 Homecoming Football Game.
Jay and his wife Amy have two children a son and a daughter. His son Jacob is quite the athlete and bowler. There are a lot of things important to Jay Britt but none more than his faith and family.
If you asked him to tell you about his best friend his answer most likely would be his dad J Vernon Britt.
The Friend-JAY BRITT shown with his wife Amy.
The Friend of the Friend- J VERNON BRITT shown with his grandson Jacob
The All County Basketball Player and All World Dad
Jay Britt has lots and lots of friends. He is one of those men whose best friend also happens to be his dad J Vernon Britt. Mr Britt as I call him is a UNC Pembroke Graduate so that already made him special to me. In addition to that I found out that he was quite the high school basketball player back in the early 1960’s. In fact he was one of the five players from local high schools that made all-county. Mr. Britt played high basketball at Littlefield HS which is now a middle school located on NC 41 just outside the city limits of Lumberton, NC.
Other All-County players included Steve Bracey from Maxton, Larry Ivey and Mickey Connor from Orrum, and fellow Littlefield teammate Steve Noble
When you are around Jay and Mr. Britt you know they have a unique friendship and father/son bond. I have seen Jay play that trait forward with his own two children. As parents we have a lot of responsibilities to not only raise our children but to attempt to influence them to understand the importance of what to value.
Mr. J Vernon Britt and his late wife Barbara did an excellent job of influencing Jay to give back to his community, cherish his family, and be proud of his spiritual faith.
If that doesn’t make somebody an All-World Dad then I don’t know what does. Jay we are lucky to have you in Lumberton.