In loving memory of

Lois M. James
November 23, 1935 - July 26, 2020

Lois M. (Wigington) James, RN, 84, of Middletown, departed life peacefully and went to her eternal home on July 26, 2020.

Lois was born in Newport, RI on November 23, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Frank John and Roberta (Peyton) Wigington.

Lois married Ralph James on November 12, 1960.

She was a graduate of Rogers High School, Newport, and a graduate of Christ Hospital School of Nursing in Jersey City, NJ.

She worked as a registered nurse at the Naval Hospital and was recognized of Top Civilian at the Naval Regional Medical Center for running the immunization clinic. She was also the Black History Coordinator for the Naval Hospital for many years. After retirement as a registered nurse from the Naval Base; she worked for New Visions for Newport County getting the Women's Cancer Screening Program active. She was recognized from the state for her outstanding contributions to the Rhode Island Department of Health Women's Cancer Screening Program and The Breast Cancer Awareness Award.

She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, the NAACP, and Community Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Sisterhood Ministry.

She was the sister of the late Andrew Wigington, Roy Wigington, Martin Wigington, George Wigington, Jesse Wigington, and Geneva Wigington.

Lois leaves her husband Ralph James, her son Phillip James both of Middletown, her daughters Claudia James of New London, CT, and Karen Hurt also of Middletown, two grandsons Joshua McArthur, and Jonathan Hurt II and his wife Chelsey, one great-grandson Emmanuel McArthur. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives along with many companions and friends.

Funeral Services will be private and may be viewed by live streaming at

Donations in her memory may be made to the Community Baptist Church 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., Newport, RI 02840.


Charlotte Hall-Kiss wrote on Aug 1, 2020:

"My condolences to the James family!"

Cousin Mark and Julia James wrote on Jul 31, 2020:

"Wish we could be there. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God\'s Love, Grace and Mercy comfort and sustain you. Love you much . Cousins Mark and Julia James and Family."

Pat Jennings wrote on Jul 30, 2020:

"So sorry for your loss. We have so many fond memories of Congdon Avenue and having you all as neighbors. Lois was a wonderful warm, kind hearted, person, Please know that your family is all in our prayers. Love, The Jennings Family"

Catherine Baham wrote on Jul 30, 2020:

"Sending my Condolences to the James Family. May you rest in peace. Cathy (Peer)Baham and Milfred Baham"

Brenda and James Glover wrote on Jul 29, 2020:

"Sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you and your family"

Kim Holder wrote on Jul 29, 2020:

"My condolences to the James family. Kim Holder"

George James wrote on Jul 29, 2020:

"Aunt Lois was a kind and wonderful woman with a great sense of humor...she will be missed."

Cheryl Ann McCray wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"Extending my condolences to your family for the loss of your loved one. You are in my thoughts and prayers.??? Cheryl McCray"

Veronica Hobbs wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. James. We have been neighbors for a long time and it was always such a treat to speak with her. While we know she is no longer suffering, we also know her passing will leave a great void in our lives. We send your family our heartfelt condolences and please know that you all are in our prayers. ?? ?? ? The Hobbs Family"