Lewis Irvin Carter

Submitted by: Mary Jean Inscoe

Free Lance Star, Fredericksburg, Virginia
April 1, 1948
 Lewis Irvin Carter, 20, of 510 Caroline Street, drowned in the Rappahannock River near the lower end of Caroline Street, about 6 p.m. yesterday.  The body had not been recovered today.

 Members of the Rescue Squad attempted to find the body last night but the swollen swiftly flowing river hampered their efforts.

 Carter’s wife was among the party of four with him when the drowning occurred.  Others were William Bowie, of Stafford County; Lennis Heflin, of Summerville, and Miss Willie Massey, of Brokenburg.

 Those who were with Carter told police that he jumped from the end of a skiff tied up on the river bank and was caught in the current.  Bowie dived into the river and made an attempt to rescue him but the water was too swift.

 Witnesses said Carter swam only a little way from the boat before he began to struggle.  Then he went down.

 Carter was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Carter, of 420 Caroline Street.  His father is an employee of the Virginia Electric and Power Company.

Free Lance Star, Fredericksburg, Virginia
April 12, 1948

Funeral Today For Man Who Drowned Here April 1

 Searchers found the body of Lewis Irvin Carter, 20-year-old city resident, in the Rappahannock River Sunday at 12:35 p.m. at a point about three miles downstream from the scene of his drowning on April 1.

 Funeral services were set for 3 p.m. today at the Hanover Church Cemetery in King George County.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Helen Lyson Carter, his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas S. Carter, of 510 Caroline Street; and on half-brother Hansford H. Haley.

 Carter’s body was first sighted by his father who was aboard the power-boat of Captain John Dare Davis on a Rescue Squad search.  Other members of the searching party who found the body were: Captain Davis, I. H. Middleton, Jr., a member of the Rescue Squad and Haley.  The group had left here Sunday morning about 9 a.m. and had traveled to a point 18 miles down the river and were returning when the body was seen lying partly submerged 100 yards below Pratt’s Rock.

 The body was brought to the old steamboat wharf and taken to the Wheeler and Thompson Funeral Home.  Dr. John E. Cole, coroner, rendered a verdict of death from accidental drowning.

 Rescue Squad members, Captain Davis, and other persons had been searching for the body sine the drowning occurred about 6 p. m. on April 1.

 Yesterday’s search party had intended to go as far as Port Royal but met Sam Hall, of Stafford County, who had been as far down the river as Arnold’s Wharf in his search and was returning.  They went about three miles from the point where they met Hall and were returning when they found the body.

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