Funeral services set for Boy Scouts killed in boating accident

Funeral services have been set for Will Brannon, 17, Heath Faucheux, 16, and Thomas Larry, 11, the three Boy Scouts who died as a result of an Aug. 5 boating accident on Lake O’ the Pines.

The three were members of Boy Scout Troop 620. Brannon and Faucheux died at the scene when their boat came in contact with a power line. Larry was transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, where he died Aug. 7.

William “Will” Bannon

Brannon and Faucheux were both Eagle Scouts. Brannon’s father Stan is Scoutmaster of Troop 620. Faucheux’s father Dion is assistant Scoutmaster.

All three boys were in the Hallsville High School Band. Brannon played French horn and Faucheux played the sousaphone tuba. Larry was set to enter beginning band in the fall.

Brannon was a member of First Baptist Church of Hallsville. He will be buried from there.

Faucheux and Larry were parishioners at St. Mary Catholic Church in Longview.

Larry was a nephew of Father Justin Braun, director of vocations for the Diocese of Tyler.

Heath Faucheux

The tragedy made headlines across the state, and was reported on by The Washington Post and England’s The Daily Mail.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted his condolences.

Visitation and funeral dates and times for the boys are:

  • William “Will” Brannon – Visitation: Wednesday, Aug. 9, 5-7 p.m., Downs Funeral Home, Hwy, 31, Marshall; Funeral: Thursday, Aug. 10, 11 a.m., First Baptist Church of Hallsville
  • Heath Faucheux – Visitation: Friday, Aug. 11, in St. Mary Church in Longview, 4-6 p.m. for family and 6-8 p.m. for friends; Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m., St. Mary Church.
  • Thomas Larry – Visitation: Saturday, Aug. 12, 7-9 p.m. at St. Mary Church; Mass of Christian Burial, Sunday, Aug. 13, 3 p.m., in St. Mary Church.

In lieu of flowers for Will, the Brannon family is requesting that donations be made in his memory to the Troop 620 Memorial Fund, Boy Scouts of America, 1331 East 5th St., Tyler, TX 75701, or to the Roaring Bobcat Band Booster Club, Attn: Brannon Scholarship Fund, PO Box 810, Hallsville, TX 75650.

Thomas Larry

A gofundme page has been set up for Larry’s family to help with medical expenses. To donate, go here.

Larry’s family elected to have their son’s organs donated so that others might live through him. Some 200 Boy Scouts and their families gathered around the flagpole outside LSU Medical Center on Monday to honor Larry’s life and his parents’ decision.

“Thomas is going to live on,” Father Braun said at the gathering of Scouts honoring his nephew shortly before the Troop 620 Color Guard posted a Give Life organ donor flag and raised it. “We won’t forget him by any stretch.”

The flag was later given to the Larry family.

One comment

  1. Renee Roddy LaBauve

    Prayers for all the families and may you all find peace in the days to come.

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