James Harrison Ferguson
November 5, 1931 – July 10, 2018
Ltc. James H. Ferguson Army (Ret.) 86 of The Fairfax, Ft. Belvoir, VA passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Anne Fahlgren. He leaves behind a son, John Ferguson (Jeanine) and a daughter, Jane F. Camp (Charles) and 7 grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his son, James R. Ferguson. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 11:00 at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jim Ferguson Memorial Fund at Heritage Presbyterian Church. James Harrison Ferguson was born in Point Pleasant, West Virginia to Robert and Mayme McCutcheon Ferguson. Jim spent his childhood along the Ohio River enjoying his community and family, especially his two sisters, Nancy and Ann. After learning to play the drums and earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Jim graduated at the top of his high school class and eager to attend West Virginia University. Jim made his mark as a Mountaineer as a drummer in the “The Pride of West Virginia”, the West Virginia University marching band, a cadet in the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and as an active member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. While on a blind date with a pretty coed named Anne Fahlgren, Jim fell for the freshman from Parkersburg beginning a 66-year love story. They were married on September 2, 1955 and honeymooned at the Greenbrier Hotel. Jim’s 26 years in the Army took him to duty stations across the United States and overseas; Puerto Rico, Ft. Benning, Georgia, South Korea, Iowa City, Iowa, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, Vietnam, the Pentagon, Ft. Polk, Louisiana, Heidelberg, Germany, and The Center of Military History in Washington, DC. Lieutenant Colonel Ferguson could always be counted on to complete his assignment. After he retired from the Army, he began a career as an office manager for a large law firm in Washington DC and later managed a downtown DC building. In his retirement, he volunteered at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon and for ten years he enjoyed sharing his love of history to visitors of all ages. Jim’s commitment to his church, Heritage Presbyterian Church of Alexandria, enabled him to serve his community and strengthen his faith. Jim had a lifelong love of reading and could finish a book in a day. But his ultimate enjoyment was his family. To Jim Ferguson nothing could be better than time spent with family and relatives. Anne and their children, John, Jane, Jamey (deceased) and his grandchildren, who called him Paw-Paw, were his heart’s delight. He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.
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Heritage Presbyterian Church
8503 Fort Hunt Road