He was a much-loved and faithful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and solider for Christ. He had bravely confronted and fought Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. He was also a survivor of bladder cancer.
He was born April 14, 1927, in Polk County and resided in Ocoee for the past 54 years.
He was in the Army during World War II, stationed in the Philippines. He retired from Bowater after 35 years of employment. He was admired as a faithful member and deacon of Smyrna Baptist Church for 60 years.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jawaun Rush; and parents, James Park and Vinnie Mantooth Rush; four brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Frances Kinser Rush of Ocoee; daughters: Devonna Tomlinson and husband, Randy, of Charleston and Tawnya Davis and husband, Ron, of Benton; son, Wesley Rush of Ocoee; grandchildren: Matthew and Valynn Yates of Cleveland and Tyler, Tanner, Haley and Hanna Davis, all of Benton; sister, Geneva Rush of Cleveland; brother, Herman Rush and wife, Beverly, of Old Fort; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 20, 2013, at Smyrna Baptist Church with pastors Charles Cheatham, David Evans and Jim Parm officiating.
Interment will follow in Smyrna Cemetery with Matthew Yates, Tyler Davis, Tanner Davis, Brandon Barnes, Theron Kinser and Lee Jones serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Barnes, Billy Ray Goode, Pat Kinser, Ray Cavett, Jim Smith, Ralph Jones, Clyde Nail and O. J. Lewis.
The service will conclude with a white dove release ceremony.
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests memorials be made to Smyrna Baptist Church, P.O. Box 61, Ocoee, TN 37361.
“He fought a good fight, he kept the faith, and he won the race!”
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Rush family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.