-- Lauren Wiseman The washington Post 2009
J Woodson Ficklin, 57, a computer technician at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
since 2000, died Sept. 6 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring of non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma. He was an Upper Marlboro resident.
From 1988 to 2000, he was a computer technician for Xerox in Northern Virginia.
Mr. Ficklin, a native Washingtonian, was a 1970 graduate of the Western High
School. From 1969 to 1973, he worked at the White House, where he helped clean and
stock the kitchen pantry. He also worked part time in the news department of WPFW-FM
radio in Washington.
In the mid-1970s, he was a sound technician at Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Rock
Creek Park before touring with the 1970s funk band Graham Central Station.
He was a member of Ward Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church in Northeast
Washington, where he was a trustee and during the 1970s played bass guitar for the
young adult choir. Later, he played bass guitar with the choir at Campbell African
Methodist Episcopal Church in Southeast Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Doretha Wilson Ficklin of Upper Marlboro; two
children, Charles W. Ficklin and James E. Ficklin, both of Upper Marlboro; and a
brother, John W. Ficklin of Bowie.