Joseph Thomas Bush Age: 82 Died: March 24, 2020
He is survived by his devoted wife Gynelle, three sons & their families: Tony & Sharron Bush, Brian Bush, Larry & Rachel Bush. He is also survived by their three grandchildren: DeAnna (Matt) Carter, Derek Bush, & Tyler Bush, & very special great grandchildren Noah, Mikayla, & Kallum, our latest, born just hours before Joe’s passing. He is also survived by a host of nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents John & Merle Bush, & his sister Ann Davis. He was born in Albany, GA & spent his childhood years on a farm where he learned responsibility & the meaning of hard work. He worked several part time jobs so that Gynelle could be a stay at home mom till their youngest entered kindergarten. He was a jack of all trades & passed that knowledge along to their boys. A dear friend recently stated that he was one of the smartest men he had ever known. He was intentional & persistent in all that he did. That persistence was most reflected in his quest for a college education which began with a correspondence course while overseas in 1959. Due to family obligations, various assignments; as well as various college requirements & curriculums, which required many more courses than ordinarily required, he was finally able to achieve his goal in graduating with a Master's degree in Education and Administration in 1982.
He retired from the AF with over 20 yrs. active duty. He retired again from the Navy base where he spent just over 30 yrs. working with the LCAC, & would often jokingly say that he spent more time with the Navy than in the AF. While at the Navy base he had a number of opportunities for promotions, but he was very much a hands on sort of person & preferred being "in the trenches" with the guys, rather than being a “desk jockey”. He & Gynelle shared 60 wonderful yrs. together, with assignments from MT to Spain, as well as a number of others. They loved to travel about our beautiful USA, but their favorites were Yellowstone Nat. Park, CO, & TN. He was an usher & faithful member of PC First Baptist Church. He enjoyed his many opportunities to help those in need thru the Helping Hands Ministry at FBC, as well as many other projects.
He received two nominations to become a deacon at FBC. However, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014, & knowing the progress of his disease and his limitations, he regretfully declined. He did not want to embarrass himself or bring reproach or dishonor to the position of a deacon.
The disease was managed very well for 3 yrs., but as with so many others, Hurricane Michael had a profound effect on him & it became necessary to place him in a long-term health care facility. Due to the current health risks from the Coronavirus, there will be a private graveside service on Thursday Mar. 26, 12:30 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life service will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Alzheimer’s Assn. P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Please write in “For” box “In memory of Joseph Bush” You may also choose to donate to: PCFBC Building Fund, 640 Grace Ave., P.C. FL 32401 in Memory of Joseph Bush. Funeral Arrangements provided by Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home.
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