James Worsham Barksdale, Lansing, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, at his home.
Mr. Barksdale was born March 26, 1923, in Albemarle County, Va., the son of Herbert L. and Minnie Sandridge Barksdale.
He and his wife, Margaret E. Potts Barksdale, met the University of Virginia and were married June 19, 1948, in Colonial Heights, Va. She survives.
Mr. Barksdale was an Army veteran of World War II. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served in the Medical Corps until February 1946.
In September 1946, he returned to the University of Virginia to complete his bachelor's of science degree. He received a master's of arts degree in 1950.
He was employed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Mill Point, W.Va., and later as vocational instructor at the Federal Reformatory in Chillicothe, Ohio.
In July 1955, he went to work for the U.S. Army as a publications writer in the Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, Va. In January 1962, he transferred to Fort Leavenworth, where he served as a professional writer/editor and military analyst for the Army.
Mr. Barksdale also served as an extension instructor in sociology for Kansas University from 1965 to 1971.
He retired at Fort Leavenworth on Jan. 1, 1990, after more than 43 years of military and civilian service. He received numerous awards for superior and outstanding performance.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; and a son, James C. Barksdale, Lemmon, S.D.
A graveside service was to be held at the Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Va.
The family suggests memorials to the donor's choice in care of Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, 500 Oak St., Leavenworth 66048.
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