Charles Thomas James, 90, of Dean Avenue in Johnston, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
Born in Cranston, he was the son of the late Lionel Henry James and Mary Elizabeth (Whitney) James. One of 10 children, Mr. James served this country for 12 years during and after the Korean War as a Private, First Class (PFC). He was a participant in Operation Teapot and received a National Defense Service Medal as well as a Good Conduct Medal while stationed in New Mexico at Kirkland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. Kirkland Air Force Base at that time was a nuclear test facility, conducting top-secret test missions to help protect and serve this great nation. Later in life, Charles reenlisted in the Army National Guard to finish out his distinguished 32-year career in the United States Armed Services, retiring at the rank of Staff Sergeant E-6.
Charles was a communicant and proud lay reader of People’s Baptist Church, 1275 Elmwood Ave. in Cranston. His commitment and passion for his church intertwined throughout the fabric of his love for family, God and country.
He was married for 43 years to his beloved wife, Marjorie Anne (Viveiros) James. His only remaining sister, Lillian C. Hassett, survives Charles, along with his stepchildren, Elizabeth, Michael, Jeffery and Mark Viveiros. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, all of whom loved and cherished “Uncle Chuckie” or sometimes just called “Unc.” He was the brother of the late George C. James, Louis L. James, William V. James, Allen H. James, Gordon A. James, Dorothy I. James,
Marjorie H. Martini and Susan E. Whitehead.
There will be a celebration of his life memorial at People’s Baptist Church on
Friday, March 6, beginning with a service at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will be held at Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter, beginning at 12:30 p.m. sharp.