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Billie Anne York
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Birth: Dec. 17, 1953
Death: Nov. 29, 1958

Billie Dean (Thomas) York
Feb 13, 1932 - Nov 29, 1958

Two Killed In Fire In Rural Home Saturday

Two lives were snuffed out and two other persons were seriously burned Saturday night when their rural home north of Corsicana was destroyed by fire following an explosion about 7:30 p.m. The house was owned by George F. Baum and was located near the Baum Lodge site.

Mrs. Billie Dean York, 26, and her four-year-old daughter Billie Ann York, were burned to death. Their bodies were removed from the smoldering ruins and embers of the house several hours later by neighbors, firemen, police, deputy sheriffs and highway patrolmen.

Two Escape
George York, Jr., 30, husband and father of the victims, and Donna Marie York, six-year-old daughter, are in Memorial Hospital suffering deep and extensive burns.

The man is burned on the neck and right leg and suffered bruises and cuts. The child is burned on the arms, face and hands with first and second degree burns.

York was quoted as saying that the explosion sent flames over the entire house and he escaped by breaking a window. His wife and youngest daughter were unable to get out, when the mother sought the youngest daughter.

York and the surviving daughter were brought to Memorial hospital by private car where he said his wife and youngest daughter did not escape.

Funeral Sunday
Funeral services for Mrs. York and her daughter were held from the Griffin Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Dawson cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Reginal King, pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist church.

Pallbearers were H. N. Donaho, Alton Williams, Carlos Mitchell, Charles A. Brown, O. D. Bamburg and Ray Bamburg.

Surviving Mrs. York are her daughter and husband, father, H. J. Thomas, Corsicana; grandmother, Mrs. L. M. Thomas; brother, Raymond Hugh Thomas, USN, California; a sister, Mrs. Alvin C. Miles, Corsicana and other relatives.

Billie Ann is survived by her father and sister, grandparents, H. J. Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. George York, great-grandmother, Mrs. L. M. Thomas, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Officers Investigate
Deputy Sheriffs Dude Blackmon, Dick Salter and Howe French, Justice of the Peace G. C. Bowden, several highway patrolmen; city firemen and others answered the alarm.

The family is reported to have used wood for heating purposes and butane for cooking fuel. The Yorks and daughters had retired when the explosion occurred.

The Yorks had lived at this residence two months. The father is a truck-driver for Olin C. Bowers.

Withholds Verdict
Judge Bowden had not rendered a coronerís decision early Monday morning pending further investigations, but indicated that preliminary findings indicated that a leak in the butane gas line could have caused the explosion, and that unless additional evidence indicating a different view is uncovered, his verdict will be that the explosion and fire was caused in that manner.

Officers and firemen returned to the scene of the tragedy Sunday and again Monday morning in an effort to discover any evidence that would explain the cause.
Family links: 
  George Lee York (1928 - 1996)
  Billie Dean Thomas York (1932 - 1958)
  Brenda Joyce York (1950 - 1950)*
  Billie Anne York (1953 - 1958)
  Randy Hugh York (1957 - 1957)*
*Calculated relationship
Dawson Cemetery
Navarro County
Texas, USA
Created by: td
Record added: Mar 16, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 126466465
Billie Anne York
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