TCThe Rev. James Valliant, 89, rector of Episcopal...

September 24, 1997


The Rev. James Valliant, 89, rector of Episcopal church

The Rev. James Valliant, a retired Episcopal priest who was rector of St. John Episcopal Church in Olney, died of kidney failure Thursday at Fair Haven Retirement Community in Sykesville. The former St. Michaels resident was 89.

Mr. Valliant was rector of the Montgomery County church for 22 years and retired for the first time in 1970. While at St. John, he established the parish school, which has grades one to eight.

In 1972, he was appointed priest in charge of Old Trinity Episcopal Church in Church Creek, Dorchester County.

Founded in 1675, Old Trinity is the nation's oldest church in continual use. The brick building, which seats only 100 parishioners in 15 pews, was restored in 1960 by Col. and Mrs. Edgar William Garbisch as a memorial to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Percy Chrysler. Mr. Chrysler founded Chrysler Corp.

When Mr. Valliant retired again in 1987, the Old Trinity vestry honored him by naming the newly built parish house Valliant Hall.

Born and raised in Easton, Mr. Valliant graduated from St. Paul's School in 1924 and spent an additional senior year at Baltimore City College, graduating in 1925. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1929 and graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1932.

That year, he married Vesta C. McCarthy, who died in 1994.

Mr. Valliant was ordained in 1933 and the next year was named rector of St. Stephen Episcopal Church in Grand Island, Neb. He returned to Maryland in 1935 and served churches in Forestville, Clinton, Indian Head and Mount Ranier before becoming rector at St. John in 1948.

During World War II, he was a chaplain at the Navy's gunpowder factory in Indian Head.

Mr. Valliant enjoyed wildfowl carving and gardening and was a member of the Lions Club and the St. Andrews Society.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Christ Episcopal Church on Front Street in St. Michaels. A memorial service will be held at 3: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Fair Haven Chapel on Third Avenue in Sykesville.

He is survived by a son, James A. Valliant of St. Michaels.

Weldon Watson, 79, farmer, carpenter

Weldon Watson, a farmer and carpenter, died of heart failure Sunday at Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge. The Preston resident was 79.

A Baltimore native, he served in the Army in the early 1940s. In 1950, he moved to the Eastern Shore, where he was a vegetable farmer, a carpenter and an avid hunter.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Union Baptist Church, 233 Glenwood Ave. in Easton.

Survivors include his wife, the former Martha Thomas, whom he married in 1954; three daughters, Nancy Jackson of Baltimore, Karen Evans of Blades, Del., and Sheryl Groce of Preston; a brother, Joseph Watson of Baltimore; three sisters, Ruth Jackson and Annie McLaughlin, both of Baltimore, and Mary Hopkins of Millsboro, Del.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Janith R. H. Collin, 74, Shore native, teacher

Janith Rebecca Horsey Collin, a former teacher, died of heart failure Sunday in Naples, Fla., where she had moved from Camp Springs last year. She was 74.

The Eastern Shore native graduated from Easton High School in 1939 and Western Maryland College in 1943. She was a teacher and chairman of the Home Economics Department at Annapolis High School from 1943 until the early 1950s.

The former Janith Horsey married Air Force Col. Henry A. Collin Jr. in the mid-1950s. He died in 1989.

Mrs. Collin was a former president of the Andrews Air Force Base Officers' Wives Club and was chairman of the Red Cross Activities at the base hospital.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Fort Myer chapel in Arlington, Va.

She is survived by two brothers, Harvey S. Horsey Jr. of Easton and Elmer E. Horsey of Chestertown, and three sisters, Eloise Horsey Cannoles of Arlington, Texas, Emily Horsey Edwards of Naples, Fla., and Evelyn Horsey McPhillips of Silver Spring.

Pub Date: 9/24/97

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