Rev. James H. Mulholland, 84, Presbyterian minister

May 11, 2004

The Rev. James Holcomb Mulholland, former pastor of the old First Presbyterian Church in Randallstown, died of heart failure Thursday at his home in Ellenton, Fla. He was 84.

Mr. Mulholland was born and raised in Elizabeth, N.J., and earned a bachelor's degree in theology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He earned his master's degree in divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.

He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1949 and served churches in Mississippi, Alaska and New York, before being sent in 1958 to First Presbyterian in Randallstown.

Mr. Mulholland designed the stained-glass windows of the church, where he was pastor for 27 years until retiring in 1985. Today, the church is home to two congregations, family members said.

After moving to Florida in 1985, Mr. Mulholland was a visiting pastor at several churches in Bradenton.

He enjoyed painting maritime scenes in oils.

His wife of 57 years, the former Jean Turner, died in 2002.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wards Chapel United Methodist Church, 11023 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

He is survived by his wife of a year, the former Betty Snedden; two daughters, Terry Ridgely of Harrison, Tenn., and Sharon Mulholland of Carlton, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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