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Professor JOHN J. WOMBLE, SR.  

Professor John J. Womble, Sr., 78, passed away on September 12, 2012 at Capital Regional Medical Center in Trenton, NJ after a series of illnesses.
Born and educated in Washington, DC, John took classes at Howard University. He served in the military as a ranger and paratrooper from 1953 - 1956. Professor Womble graduated from the School of Samurai in Kyoto, Japan in the 1950s and was the first African American Samurai and the first African American to teach the Martial Arts as an accredited college course.
Professor Womble was predeceased by parents, Jasper Womble and Cecelia Speight; his brother Henry Womble and his daughter Deirdre Evans. He is survived by his life partner Deborah Frisby, his daughter, Tanya Sims Womble, two sons, Sgt Major John J. Womble, Jr. and Jamal Lake, his sister Alberta Thorne and loving grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and the many students he has taught over the years.
Memorial Service will be held Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Campbell Funeral Chapel, 1225 Calhoun St., Trenton, NJ 08638. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton and Mercer County, 212 Centre Street Trenton, NJ 08611 or online at the following website:

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 21, 2012
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