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Bernie Leon Bush, 69, of Tyler, a loving husband, supportive father and humorous friend, passed away at Hospice of East Texas on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Services will be at 11:00am Saturday, November 19th at The Antioch Church, 907 E Murchison St, Palestine, TX with Reverend Roy G. Duncan officiating. Burial will follow at Cathedral in the Pines Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Tyler under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Bernie was born June 3, 1947 in Brownsville, PA to Henry and Ossie Anderson Bush. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served honorably, including three tours in Vietnam. Before ending his military career, he served in various capacities, including Army Ranger Team Leader, Adviser to the South Vietnamese Army, Military Assistance Command-Vietnam, 101st Airborne (Ft. Campbell, KY), Army Recruiter (Ft. Dix, NJ) and Drill Instructor (Pittsburgh, PA). He briefly worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines before relocating to Texas, where he began a 25 year career as a Correctional Officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). He retired March 2000 after having earned the rank of Captain of Corrections Officers. During his time with TDCJ, his titles included Training Instructor, Shift Supervisor and Disciplinary Captain. The Lord Capt. Bush to serve as the Coordinator of the Cherokee County Juvenile Probation program know as the STAR Boot Camp in 2000. In addition to helping at-risk youth within the county, he earned a Master of Religious Arts in Christian Psychology from Jacksonville Theological Seminary, Jacksonville, FL. Under the mentorship of Pastor Roy Duncan, Bernie served as an Associate Pastor of The Antioch Church until his health failed.
Active Pallbearers:Men of The Antioch Church. Honorary Pallbearers:Hilton Bryant, Reginald Bridges, Eddie Naugle, Ron Caldwell, Lamonte Chambers, Stephen Gaffney, Gregory Moore and Peter Mwangi.
Bernie is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers (one in infancy), five sisters and stepson Charles Jones. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years Marion Jackson Bush, formerly of Palestine and now of Tyler; sons: Cresendo Bush and wife Lisa of Whitehouse, Carl Bush and wife April of Oklahoma City and Christian Bush of Tyler; daughters: Cresenda Griffin and husband Terry of Oklahoma City, Anaya Jackson of Tyler and stepdaughter Charletia Pettis and husband Christopher of Arizona; seven beautiful grandchildren; sisters: Naomi Cobb of Lincolnton, GA, Mayme Bush of Fort Worth, Joyce Bush of Oklahoma City, Henrietta Chatman of San Antonio, Lyna Gaines of San Antonio and Zedella Bush of Monroe, LA.
Viewing will take place Friday from 11:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel.
Published on November 16, 2016
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