LaQuita Chantelle “LuLu” James, a well-known member of the theater, film and voice over communities in Nashville and beyond made her transition on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at her home in Antioch, Tennessee. LaQuita was a professional actress and appeared in TV shows, feature films and numerous regional and national voice-overs. She has appeared in co-starring roles on Hap & Leonard, Still the King, and Nashville along with supporting roles in several feature films. She was voted Indyville Actress of the year and received a Broadway World award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Lasonia in Trials & Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife. She was nominated three times for Best Supporting Actress in the 54 Hour Film Festival. and won Best Supporting Actress twice (2020 and 2021). She is also a certified speech-language pathologist, podcaster, voice-over artist, musical theatre singer, and cellist. LaQuita has narrated for TIME, Huff Post, and Reuters. She had a supporting role (Katrina) in the popular audio drama Margaritas & Donuts featured in the New York Times. She narrated the Caldecott Honor Award-winning book Thank You Omu by Oge Mora and the best-selling book The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Lovine. She has narrated audiobooks for Audible, Hachette Audio, Harper Collins, and other well-known publishers. LaQuita was an avid reader and loved Harry Potter and Jane Austen. LaQuita was also an animal lover.
LaQuita, a native of Decaturville, Tennessee attended Riverside High School; was a graduate of Jackson State Community College where she received her Associates Arts degree in Psychology - 1996; Middle Tennessee State University- Bachelor of Science – Speech & Theatre with a concentration in communication disorders – and certified speech pathologist 1998; and Tennessee State University; and graduated Magna Cuma Laude with a Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee- 2000.
LaQuita is the daughter of Charles and Sherry Kay James of Decaturville, Tennessee. She is survived by her parents, Charles and Sherry Kay; a sister, Elizabeth James; a brother, Tyrone (Louise) James; her aunts, Ida Mae James and Cora Jane James; her uncles, Johnny Mack James and Donald James; two Godchildren, Orlandis and Cameron; and a host of nieces and nephews; her best friend since elementary school, Karen Nichols; a host of relatives and friends and her beloved cat Gracie Lou Freebush.
Services will be held Saturday, June 26, 2021, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 68 Middleburg Road Decaturville, Tennessee. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. with the memorial service immediately following with Rev. Thomas Parker officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Nashville Humane Association.