|Birth: ||Feb. 11, 1907|
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 1960|
Martinsville Reporter February 1960
Arrangements pending for crash victim
Funeral arrangements had not been completed at press time today for Franklin Bryant, age 54, Morgan County native who died in a fiery truck crash on U.S. 50 east of Bedford early Wednesday morning. The Cure and Hensley Funeral Home is in charge.
Mr. Bryant, a truck driver for Farm Bureau Co-op for 10 years, moved to Switz City from Paragon in 1955. He was driving a Co-op oil tank truck when he was killed in a crash with another truck on a narrow bridge about 10 miles east of Bedford. The other vehicle was an empty cattle semi-trailer being driven by Richard Damm, 33 of Carlinville, Ill.
According to state and county police who investigated, Bryant's truck had been loaded earlier at Switz City with 5,700 gallons of fuel oil. He was en route east to Seymour when he plowed into the side of Damm's rig which had jack knifed as it entered a bridge over Back Creek. Damm's trailer skidded broadside through the bridge.
Bryant's truck, with the engine torn loose and the cab nearly sheared off burst into flames after the impact. Bryant was crushed and is believed to have died before the cab caught fire. His body was burned beyond recognition.
Damm, who suffered only a scratch on one knee, said he was rounding a curve when the right, front wheel of his tractor dropped off the pavement, sending the vehicle into a jackknife. He was charged with reckless homicide and bound over to the Lawrence County grand jury.
The crash, which occurred at 5:10, held up traffic on the highway for more than four hours before the wreckage could be cleared.
Mr. Bryant, whose mother, Mrs. Bell Fisher Bryant, now lives at Gosport, was born in Morgan County Feb. II, 1906. His father was the late Sam Bryant. He was member of the Samaria Baptist Church.
Survivors; beside the mother, are his wife, the former Evelyn Kappus, whom he married June 2, 1933; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Dalton Switz City; a son, Robert R. Bryant, who is in Naval service at Oak Harbor,Wash.; one granddaughter, and a sister, Mrs, Oral Applegate of Gosport. One son, a sister and a brother are deceased.
The son arrived late this morning from Washington and funeral arrangements are expected to be completed in time for publication
Spencer Paper February 1960
Auto Crash Fatal To Franklin Bryant.
Franklin Bryant of Switz who lost his life in a two truck crash east of Bedford early Wednesday morning was a former resident of Paragon, and has several relatives, including his mother, Mrs. Belle Bryant and a sister, Mrs. Oral Applegate residing west of Paragon. A nephew, Jack Applegate also lives in Paragon.
Mr. Bryant was driving a Farm Bureau Co-Op truck and was killed Instantly in the crash which occurred in a narrow Bridge causing the truck catch fire. Bryant's body was burned beyond recognition as fire consumed the cab of the tank truck he was driving , The other truck involved was an empty cattle semi-trailer being driven by Richard Damm, 33 of Carlinville Illinois, who was only slightly injured on one knee.
Survivors besides the mother sister. and nephew in Paragon are his widow, Mrs. Evelyn Bryant, a son Robert in the United States Navy, and a daughter Mrs. Shirley Dalton of Switz City.
The Bryant had been living in Switz City about five years.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the Cure and Hensley Funeral Home in Martinsville.
Samuel McDowell " Sam " Bryant (1871 - 1935)
Isabell Fisher Bryant (1874 - 1964)
Evelyn Marie Kappus Bryant (1910 - 1990)
Robert Ronald Bryant (1940 - 2006)*
Infant Son Bryant (1945 - 1945)*
Infant Son Bryant (1893 - 1893)*
Elizabeth Ellen Bryant (1894 - 1899)*
Mabel Marie Bryant Applegate (1897 - 1998)*
Franklin " Buster " Bryant (1907 - 1960)
Note: Father of Shirley J. Dalton and Robert R. (Bob) Bryant
Created by: Shirley Bryant-Dalton
Record added: Sep 15, 2007
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