Chester (Bill) Rush, 85,of Ocoee, TN, died on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 with his family present.
He wa a much-loved and faithful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and solider for Christ. He had bravely confronted and fought Parkinson 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. Rush 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; 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; Tawnya Davis and husband, Ron of Benton; son, Wesley Rush of Ocoee; grandchildren, Matthew and Valynn Yates of Cleveland, Tyler, Tanner, Haley and Hanna Davis all of Benton; sister, Geneva Rush of Cleveland; brother, Herman Rush and wife, Beverly of Old Fort; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 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.
His family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, January 19, at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home, who has charge of the arrangements.
The family suggests that memorials be made to Smyrna Baptist Church, PO Box 61, Ocoee, TN 37361.