Arlie Bush Sr., a son given by the Lord to the late Raymond and Mira Bush, was born at Logan, WV on December 10, 1945 and died at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV early Sunday morning, May 24, 2015, following a period of declining strength and health. The span of his earthly pilgrimage was 69 years. In the days prior to his passing, he had expressed to his family members and friends his desire to have his suffering be over and to depart and be with the Lord.
Today we rejoice in the knowledge that he has passed t he barrier of time as we know it and is forever at home with the Savior he faithfully served for nearly 15 years.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Raymond and Mira Bush; father-in-law, Everett Evans; mother-in-law, Alberta Evans; and two sisters: Violet Sheppard and Sue Bush.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 48 years, Connie Evans Bush; daughter, Melanie (Bruce) Lawson; son, Arlie Bush Jr.; grandchildren: Caleb Bruce Lawson, Alyx Shay Bush, and Emma Grace Bush; three brothers: Don (Marilyn) Bush, Earl (Pam) Bush, and Ronald (Irene) Bush; and one sister, Joetta (Doug) Smith.
Arlie graduated from Logan High School. On December 20, 1966 he married his high school sweetheart, Connie. Together, for more than 48 years, they experienced the changing scenes of life in the joyous and fruitful companionship, which the Lord had entrusted to them.
He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years during the Vietnam War and received an Honorable Discharge in 1968.
He was a coal miner for over 40 years and retired in 2010.
To his children he was called âDaddyâ for many years. As the grandchildren came along, this changed to âPapawâ. He enjoyed being Papaw to the men he worked with, his grandchildren, and all their friends. Everyone loved Papaw.
He was humble man who loved being with his family. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting. As long as he was with his family, he was content.
He leaves behind a close family of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and his two buddies who were always checking on him, Mossy Miller and David Vance. He will be sadly missed by his puppies, Daisy and Maya.
In the past week our family has been drawn together in a new way. The Daddy and Papaw who had cared for us for so many years now needed our special care. As we worked and prayed and waited together through the long hours, we remembered and discovered anew how he affected our lives. God must have wonderful garden, because he just received a beautiful flower.
A celebration of life will be conducted at 12 noon on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at James Funeral Home in Logan, WV with Gary Browning and Wayne Runyon officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens in Godby. He will be carried to rest by Mossy Miller, David Vance, David Sheppard, Randy Light, Wallie Preece, Charlie Curry, Greg Ramey, John Rodney Spears, Bobby Barnette, and George Altizer. Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Lambert, Darrell Brewer, Paul Aleshire, Gary Evans, Ralph Evans, and Bruce Lawson Jr. Friends may gather at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
Condolences may be left at www.jamesfh.com
James Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.