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Harold Eward Bryson
Jimmy Thrasher

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 of Savoy.
  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 morning.
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 of Savoy,
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 church.
   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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