Burgess man dies in tractor accident

BURGESS, SC (WMBF) - For the very last time, Tommy York's tractor went back onto its trailer this afternoon while friends and family tried to mend each others' broken spirits.

"He went out doing what he loves," said Alberta Mazyck, a friend of York's.  

York loved to bush hog and garden and that's exactly what he was doing this morning.  He stopped by his cousins' house early and spent the morning cutting their grass.

Family members say at one point they looked out the window and didn't see York on top of his tractor.  They went outside and found him on the ground. 

"This is a tragic loss to the Burgess community," said Mazyck. 

Friends describe York as a happy go lucky man who would do anything for anyone at the drop of a hat. He would often help people with their yards and help drive the van for the local senior center.

Just days ago, he even left work to help a woman whose car was on the side of the road. 
Folks around the community often joked about how he was the unofficial mayor of Burgess. 

"We gonna miss him, I don't know who I'm going to be able to call on now,"said Eula Mae Winningham.

York was also a deacon at the nearby St. James Methodist Church. 

"I thank God for knowing him all these years," Winningham said. 

Friends say his faith inspired others and made the community a better place. 
The church plans to meet this week so to figure out how to honor his life. 

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