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James William  Thrower

Obituary for James William Thrower

October 19, 1929 - March 26, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 88

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James (Jim) William Thrower passed away peacefully at the age of 88 in Austin, Texas. Jim was born in Waco, Texas to Vela Exabel (Sutton) Thrower and Webb Alvin Thrower just 10 days from the start of the Great Depression. Jim married Joyce Marjorie Hearsey in Ignace and moved to Austin, Texas. Joy was married to Jim for 55 years and they both raised their two sons, James (Jim) William Thrower, Jr., and Allen Ronald (Ron) Thrower. They were also deeply involved in the raising of their two grandchildren, Kate Leigh Thrower and Cole Hearsey Thrower, daughter and son of Ron & Gwyn Thrower.

As a young teen, Jim and his younger brother Bobby provided for their family by stealing pecans from one farmer, selling those pecans for pennies to turn and buy a few rounds of .22 to then go shoot squirrel and rabbit to provide food on the table for their mother, their youngest brother, Allen, their sister, Peggy, and themselves. He went to 4 different high schools across Texas and graduated from Austin High School in 1947. Jim enlisted in the Navy for 3 years and proudly served on the U.S.S. Manchester (CL-83) during the Korean War. Thereafter, he served in the Army Reserves for 8 years having his brother Bobby reporting to him and Jim reporting to his father, Webb Thrower.

Joy and Jim met in Canada in a true romance story. Jim, born in Waco and from the Austin area, was working for a pipeline company putting in a gas pipeline in Ontario. Joy worked as an operator for the telephone company at a time when the operator manually connected the calls to outside lines when the line became available. Jim would call to Corpus Christi, Texas for supplies or call home to his mother and the calls went through the operator in the small town of Ignace. While waiting for a line to open up to connect the call to Corpus Christi, young Ms. Hearsey and Mr. Thrower would chat for as much as an hour each time. Their relationship flourished and Jim proposed to Joy in 1957 and they were married on July 5, 1958. On October 3, 1958, they crossed the Pigeon River into the USA and settled in Austin, Texas.

Having excelled in electronics in the Navy and a job at Balcones Research Center, Jim landed a job with IBM ultimately working as a field engineer for many years. After 26 years with IBM, he retired and Jim & Joy spent many miles on the road with their camper always returning to their home to stay deeply involved in the lives of their grandchildren, Kate and Cole.

Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Joy, parents, Webb Alvin and Vela Exabel Thrower, brothers Bobby Joe Thrower and wife Jackie, Woodrow Allen Thrower, sister Peggy Anada (Thrower) and husband Doug Thompson - all 4 brothers and sisters from Texas; brothers-in-law Joseph William Hearsey, Archibald Lloyd Hearsey, William Frederick Hearsey, Ronald Edgar Hearsey and wife Carole, sister-in-law Irene Grace (Hearsey) Bailey and husband Jim Bailey, nephew Leslie James Bailey, and William Kuzik - all from Canada; and. Jim and Joy survived by son Jim Jr. and wife Becky Cole, son Ron and wife Gwyn, brother-in-law Leslie Thomas Hearsey and wife Janet, sister-in-law Agnes Hearsey, nieces Sharlene (Bailey) Kuzik, Joanne (Hearsey) Misner and husband Don, Debbie (Hearsey) Kakagamic and husband Brian, nephews Brian Hearsey, and, Todd Hearsey and wife Tanya - all from Canada; sister-in-law Jeanie (Maus) Thrower, nephews Blake Thrower and wife Melinda, Daniel Thrower and wife Eden, Woodrow Thrower, Mark Thompson, and Matt Thompson, nieces Vikki (Thrower) Drennan and husband Tom, Kelly (Thrower) Brenner and husband Tom, Julie (Thompson) Brown and husband Steve, and the two best grandchildren Jim and Joy could possibly have in their life, Kate and Cole - all from the USA.

Per his wishes, there will be services with immediate family only and his ashes will be buried together with Joy's in Austin. Both Jim and Joy will be missed by many.

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