The Alabama Enquirer, February 16, 1888
MAJOR JAMES S. BRITAIN - This gentleman was in the prossession that followed the remains of Mr. Kimbell to the grave and with other brethren cast into his grave the symbol of immortality. Little dreaming that he would so soon be buried by many of the same brethren.
Major Britain was born near Sparta, Tenn., Nov. 15th, 1815, and died of pneumonia, Dec 2nd, 1887, aged 72 years. The Major was not a member of any church, but was always punctual in his attendance at religious worship, was a good Sunday school teacher, was strict in keeping the commandments, so far as any of us know, was honest, upright and just, he was solicitous as to the education of his own and other children of his neighborhood, he suffered much, but was patient. He married late in life, Miss Sallie Benham, who with three sons and three daughters, survives him.
His funeral service was preached by Rev. J. Gunn, his dust reposes in the Morris Cemetery on Trinity Mountain.
It should have been remarked that Major Britain was for many years, Master of Rising Sun Lodge F. and A. Masons at Decatur, and that he was among the first to volunteer in the services of his state, and that there was no better or truer soldier than he.