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 September 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.
Johnson Britt is the 16B District Attorney in North Carolina. He is a man who has some pretty strong ties to Lumberton and Robeson County. His full name is Luther Johnson Britt III and his dad was a special leader in Lumberton and Robeson County. His dad was Luther Britt Jr. who died way too young at the age of 46 in 1978.
When you learn about Johnson’s dad you know that working at the court house is not just a job for his son.
Luther J. Britt, Jr. was born in Lumberton, North Carolina, on August 10, 1931 and attended the Lumberton City Schools and Wake Forest College. Luther Jr. also graduated from Wake Forest Law School with an L.L.B. in 1955. He served as the city attorney of Lumberton for 12 years; and was twice selected as the Outstanding Young Man in Lumberton. He also served as the President of the Robeson County Bar Association and of the Sixteenth Judicial Bar Association.
Johnson’s dad held many positions in the Jaycees including the Presidency of the Lumberton Jaycees, the Vice-Presidency and Presidency of the North Carolina Jaycees and a National Directorship of the United States Jaycees. This was an era where Jaycees were a vibrant part of most North Carolina communities.
All of those accolades allowed him at the age of 39 to be elected as a NC State Senator serving the people of Robeson and Hoke Counties and the State of North Carolina for seven years in the North Carolina General Assembly, of which five years were served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary II Committee.
One of his Luther Britt Jr’s legacies is having the 140 acre plus park in Lumberton bear his name. A portion of Luther Britt Jr Park is depicted in photo below.
District Attorney Luther Johnson Britt, III like his dad received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in 1982 and a Juris Doctorate degree from Campbell University School of Law in 1987. He was admitted to the NC State Bar in 1987 and the United States Court Bar in 1992.
Johnson’s career began in 1987 after he finished law school as an Associate for the law practice, Lee and Lee Attorneys at Law. In 1989, he became an Assistant District Attorney for the for the North Carolina Prosecutorial District 16B. In 1994, he was elected to become the District Attorney for the District 16B and still serves in that capacity.
Johnson is an attorney who is elected for a four-year term by the voters within the 16 B district he serves. Even though District attorneys are licensed attorney they are not allowed to engage in the private practice of law. The primary duty of the district attorney is to prosecute all criminal cases filed in the district. The district attorney represents the state in all criminal and some juvenile matters. In addition, the district attorney is responsible for preparing the criminal trial docket and advising law enforcement officers in the district.
With all those responsibilities it is a position that can have a lot of stress but it is a very important job for any community. I am glad that our District Attorney has a family history of service to the community.
One of the friends that Johnson has that works at the Robeson County Court House is Vickie L. Locklear who serves a Register of Deeds
The Friend-JOHNSON BRITT
A Friend of a Friend-VICKIE LOCKLEAR
Fixtures at the Court House
Vickie Locklear understands the importance of serving her community. She has been elected to serve our community a bunch of times.
A register of deeds shall be elected in each North Carolina county by the qualified voters of the county. The register of deeds shall serve for a term of four years beginning on the first Monday in December after the election and until a successor register of deeds is elected and qualified and Vickie Locklear has been doing that since 1996.
The primary responsibilities of the Register of Deeds Office are to record, maintain and make available to the general public real estate documents and other documents on file in the Office. Staff also issues marriage licenses, birth, death, and marriage certificates, and notary oaths.
Court houses have lot’s of stuff to keep up with and Robeson County is well served with Johnson Britt and Vickie Locklear.