|Birth: ||Nov. 6, 1932|
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 2006|
Son of Samuel Spalding Wathen (1902-1982) and Margaret Melissa (Richardson) Wathen (1904-1986)
Rev. James Francis Wathen EVANSVILLE -- Rev. James Francis Wathen, 74, Evansville, departed this life at 4:55 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville, after a long and heroic battle with lymphatic leukemia, which began at age 10. He was a member of St. Paul's Traditional Catholic Chapel. Father Wathen was born in Reed on Nov. 6, 1932. He was the fifth of 10 children of the late Samuel Spalding Wathen and Margaret Richardson Wathen. His ancestors, the Spaldings, Lancasters and Wathens, were among the Catholic families who established the colony of Maryland in 1634. Father Wathen continued this heritage by establishing Traditional Latin Mass Centers throughout the United States in order to preserve the true Mass. His books, tapes and radio programs were dedicated to exposing the Marxist influence upon the holy Catholic faith. Father Wathen's diocesan appointments included that of assistant pastor and high school teacher from 1958 to 1965. He was a pastor of Rosary Chapel in Paducah and St. Mary's Church in La Center, Ky., from 1965 to 1967, pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Central City, Ky., and St. Charles Mission in Livermore, Ky., from 1967 to 1970. He left the diocese in 1970 because he could not in conscience offer the "new Mass." He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Wathen. He is survived by five brothers, John H. Wathen of Greenwood, Ind., Richard Spalding Wathen of West Palm Beach, Fla., Robert L. Wathen of Orlando, Fla., Samuel Thomas Wathen and William Patrick Wathen, both of Nazareth, Ky.; three sisters, Sister Margaret Spalding of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Mary Carol Hanekcamp of Owensboro and Margaret Bauer of Norman, Okla; many nieces and nephews. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home Chapel in Owensboro. He will be laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home. May he rest in peace, and may all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
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Record added: Feb 29, 2012
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