From Ruth Walsh
FANNIN COLLIN YOUTHS DROWN Weekend fishing accidents
in Collin and Fannin counties took the lives of two teenage youths both
by drowning. They were Harold Eward Bryson of Allen and Jimmy Trasher
Tied to the bottom of a stock pond on the family ranch by
moss that entangled his legs, 18 year-old Bryson drowned about 3 p.m. Sunday.
He was a former Allen High School football player.
The accident occurred at the L.W. Bryson ranch, a mile
south of McKinney. The boy had dived into the pond to untangle a fishhook
that was caught in the moss. The body was recovered 30 minutes later
in eight-feet of water by skin divers Bob Kreigh, of the McKinney fire
department and James McCarley, dispatcher with the McKinney police department....
The body of the 17-year-old Thrasher, son
of Marlin Thrasher of Bonham and Mrs. Josephine Thrasher of Savoy, was
recovered from a depth of 14 feet in the TP&L Lake near Savoy at 7:10
Monday morning, according to Sherman and Denison fire chiefs.
Boats belong to fire departments of those cities Bonham,
Bells and Savoy,with the assistance of privately owned boats, dragged the
lake between 8 p.m. Sunday night, the time of the drownings and early Monday
Dense clusters of moss in the water tangled the hooks, making the
job difficult, said Sherman Fire Chief A.C. Jones.
A skin diver Joe Livingston of Denison, finally made
the recovery on his third trip to the lake bottom, according to Denison
Fire Chief George Cravens.
Trasher about six feet and weighing about 185 pounds,
had gone to the lake to fish with two uncles, Bill and Robert Blanton of
Savoy; a brother-in-law, James Sheet of Sherman and a friend, Paul Farris
according to Fannin County Sheriff's deputy Charles Leslie.
The boy started to swim across a 500 foot neck of water
rather than walk around it. Other members of his fishing party warned
him not to, Jones said. The boy was halfway across when he went down,
according to Jones.
Thrasher was born Dec. 12, 1945, in Whitewright.
His father is a Bonham policeman. He was a student in Savoy
High School, where he played basketball. He was a member of the Baptist
In addition to his parents Thrasher is survived by
two brothers, Dean and Billy Lynn Thrasher of Savoy; two sisters, Mrs.
Rita Sheets of Sherman and Miss Brenda Thrasher of Savoy; his grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. W.N. Blanton of Savoy and Mrs. RC. Thrasher of Whitewright.
Funeral services will be at Wise Funeral Home in Bonham
Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Carson Cemetery. (Jimmy
Trasher was the great grandson of Marion Thomas Blanton and Josephine N.
Argenia Mathews, aka NJ Mathis and the great-grandson of Rev. Benjamin
F. Blanton and Sarah L. Boone)
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