Leslie James “L.J.” Britain, Jr. passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the age of 90, with family, and his faithful k9 companion, Izzie, by his side.
L.J. grew up in the Springhill community of Mobile and attended McGill Institute where he graduated in 1949. He joined the Air Force after high school spending three years in Alaska as a radar technician. These three years would ultimately be the only time spent away from Mobile. After discharge from the Air Force in 1952, L.J. worked for the GMO Railroad for three years before moving into the telecommunications industry for a 38-year career. During this time, he worked for Western Electric, South Central Bell, and retired from Bellsouth in 1993. L.J. enjoyed his retirement by spending time with neighbors, both old and new, and their pets.
L.J. is preceded in death by his parents, Leslie James Britain Sr. and Dorothy Soesbe Britain, and brother, John E. Britain.
He is survived by his wife, Velma Jordan Britain, two sons, Darryl (Susan) of Birmingham AL, and Leslie (Sylvia) of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren Holly, Caroline, Crosby, and Conrad; and one surviving sibling, W.F. Britain (Marsha) of Mobile, AL.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday March 19, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1400 Joyce Road in Mobile. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation beginning at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Mobile SPCA at www.mobilespca.org or Holy Family Catholic Church.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.
My heart goes out to the Britain family during this time. Mr. L.J. was a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face whenever we saw him outside. He always had a laugh and a joke and was very gracious to my family over the last 35 years. He was truly a blessing and his warm smile will be missed forever,
Thoughts and prayers to Ms. Velma, Darryl and Sue, Leslie and Sylvia and all the grandkids. He was a very special man, and I was lucky to know him.
We (including Krypto & Bellie) will miss the driveway visits we had with Mr. L.J. & Isabelle. He always made me laugh and had great stories from the good old days; he knew everyone! Blessings to the whole family. Mrs. Velma, we love you & would love to continue the tradition of visiting. All our love & prayers!