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Wheelchair bound East Texas man dies after fire

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TROUP, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas man, bound to a wheelchair, who had been fighting for his life in a Dallas hospital after a fire left him badly burned, has died.

Bobby Prescott was in his backyard burning a pile of debris, Tuesday, when the flames overcame him.

His good friend, Pamela White, tells us though Bobby is a double amputee and has been bound to a wheelchair for years, he continued to enjoy the outdoors.

“He loved to tinker out here,” White said, “when he couldn’t go outside he was looking outside.”

It’s no wonder, then, that Bobby Prescott was out tinkering that day.

“I knew that pile was getting to him because he kept looking at the wind every morning, but he was doing what he loved to do, it just got out of hand,” she explained.

The two have been best friends since 1996. Pamela helped Bobby with tasks his disability made difficult, and Bobby was always there for Pamela.

“Him for me and me for him,” she said.

They were companions until he succumbed to his injuries Friday night.

“I had to let him go and he had to let me go,” she said.

She said it’s going to be quiet without him.

“He would tell me stories about when he was little, you know, about going hunting, and different stuff, and I just let him talk on,” she said.

Those words filled the quiet. Quiet where Bobby felt at peace with the brush, the birds, and his two dogs who are buried beneath a tree.

“We buried them in the backyard, so I was thinking about putting him with them, somehow, someday,” she said, “I don’t know when I could do it, but I think he would really like that.”

And, for Pamela, a quiet place to remember Bobby.

“He would sit by that one window there by the back door,” she remembered, “I’d buy bird seed and throw it around on the ground and he’d sit there and watch the birds.”

As birds flew overhead Saturday afternoon, Bobby probably would have liked the site.

“I’m happy for him, because he’s in such a better place,” she said.

But soon, he’ll be back in his favorite place, forever.

A fund had been set up to help buy bobby a new wheelchair if he survived. Pamela said she will need to pay to transport bobby from Dallas back to East Texas. Those funds will now help with that as well as funeral arrangements.

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