Reeves Funeral Home


David Leslie Rush

September 12, 1952June 6, 2021
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David Leslie Rush, 68 of Fayetteville, North Carolina passed away on June 6, 2021.

David was a kind and loving man who would give the shirt off his back if he thought someone needed it. His family was the most important thing in the world to him. He spent 48 wonderful years married to his “Babydoll” Peggy. He was quite the jokester, loving to tell jokes, even if sometimes they were pretty corny. He loved to dance and seemed to always have a Dr. Pepper close at hand.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Elma Rush.

David leaves to cherish wonderful memories, his wife, Peggy Rush; children Glenda Strickland (Teddy), Joe Rush (Linda); a stepson Butch Duncan (Brooke); grandchildren Tommy Strickland (Casey), Stephanie Strickland, Jessica Rush, Tanya Rush, Dallas Duncan (Bailey), Nick Duncan (Sam), Tony Woodward (Yami), and Nathan Woodward (Francesca); great grandchildren Maddie, Alyssa, Taylor, Christopher, Isaiah, Jade, Savannah, BJ, Ally, Mark, Noah, Nick, Ava Grace, Ava, Aubrey, Riley, Lincoln, Sebastian, and Jeremy; sisters Linda Thomas, Shelley Evans (Charles), Theresa Rowland (Jim), Sharon Reddick (Al), and Debbie Rush-Williams; and brothers Dallas Rush, and Bruce Rush.

The family will accept friends for visitation on Thursday June 10, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 pm. at Reeves Funeral Home in Hope Mills, North Carolina.


  • Visitation with Family & Friends

    Thursday, June 10, 2021


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Debbie Rush-Williams

June 9, 2021

I will miss you but know that you are in a much better place! No more pain or suffering for you now! Thanks for your kind generosity and love. One thing I never learned from you was driving that little black Ford of yours with the gears on the steering wheel! Was just so not for me! Thanks for trying and not laughing too much! Love and miss you!

Sonny Faulkerson

June 9, 2021

I will never forget Dave’s jokes, or how he would always call Lisa to make sure he wished her a happy mother’s day before anyone else. He never forgot a birthday for the kids. He was always as helpful as he could be. We send our condolences to everyone who knew Dave and the caring person he was.
You’ll always be in our hearts,

Terrie Rowland

June 8, 2021

One word to describe my brother David is LOVE ...
1) In his love for me.
2) Freely given to those around him.
3) In the sacrifices both him & Peggy made in caring for our parents.
4) In giving 20 years in the service of his country.

Your love will continue to shine on in the lives you have touched.
We love you Brother, Uncle & Great Uncle,
Terrie, Jennings, Wendy, Chris & Leslie

Martha Reddick

June 8, 2021

Uncle David ( Big Boy) as we all called him was the Best uncle ever will miss him I’ll be thinking of you all throughout these next few days!
I have so many memories and not enough space and time to share but I know if he was always there for us with ice cream smiles the best best hugs and I’ll never forget when we got to stay with him and aunt Peggy for a little while when we had our house fire.
Just wish we could be there with you guys knowthat you’re in our hearts and outs thoughts.
Love you uncle David and I miss you

Alyssa Clorinda Strickland

June 8, 2021

My papa was a loving person, he always made sure to remind you he loved you. He loved joking around. He loved to watch old tv shows & cowboy movies. He gave to everyone & always gave us a laugh, made us smile. He loved to give. He was so tall that when he gave away his old t-shirts we would use his shirts as nightgowns! He would always joke around & say i got my height from him because everyone else in my family are short.
Papa & Nanny were soulmates, they are the real definition of true love. They are best friends. He loved talking to his family, he always talked to his family on the phone everyday. I would over hear him talking about how much he valued his grandchildren & great grandchildren & it would make me smile. I was so lucky to have the privilege of such a great grandfather. Papa has such a great soul. Papa & nanny were always there for us, for everyone.
He loved God, him & nanny had a strong relationship with God. We would spend time with nanny & papa in church. I wish i could go to church with papa & pray together as a family one more time. i wish i got to tell him to his face i loved him so much before he left my earth. I will never get to hear him talk, tell his funny jokes, laugh. I will never get to give him another hug.

I love you so much papa, Maddie graduated we wished you could have seen it. I cant wait to graduate & grow up, i'm going to make you so proud of me. I am going to do it for you, papa.

Your great granddaughter, Alyssa.
I love you.

Tommy Strickland

June 7, 2021

David, or Papa to all of his grandkids, and great grandkids, has been a supporting figure in my life as far back as I can remember. I can't think of many moments He ever missed, or times He wasn't happy.
Even at 36, with kids of my own, He would call on every birthday just to sing happy birthday to me. He did the same with my children. It's moments like these I will never forget and miss for the rest of my life. He always greeted me with "Hey Bud!" and never left without telling us He loved us. I remember as a child, I thought Papa was a giant. That would be a conversation We carried forever. I used to tell him I'd be taller than him, which never happened. I also used to joke with him a lot. Anytime, I'd go visit him, and Nanny, He would always wake us up for breakfast, and 10 times out of 10, He would walk right into the ceiling fan. See Papa was clumsy but, We always laughed about it. I mentioned I used to think He was a giant, He really was, his heart was huge. You are lucky if you get to experience such a warm soul in your life. I will never forget you papa. I love you.

Your Grandson,
Tommy Strickland

Casey Strickland

June 7, 2021

Although my time with David was not as long as some, my memories with him will last me a lifetime. A man who owed me nothing. He came into my life during a time I didn't even know I needed him to be part of it. He walked into my front door and just like it was nothing, he seemed to say..."I'm your grandfather now too". Not long after I'd lost my own grandfather. Nothing will ever take his place, but I assure you, David was second to none all on his own. He was the grandfather I never even knew I needed. His love for Peggy-a true love. Relationship goals as I liked to define it. You could share space with him and he would radiate love and laughter. His love for my children was without question. Not a single fiber of DNA mattered. All of my kids were his great grandchildren. No questions asked, no difference ever made or spoken. If during my life, I get to be a fraction of the person he was, I'll live a blessed life. My life is different just having known him, and words will never amount to how thankful I am that when I wasn't even aware, God blessed me with the opportunity to witness greatness. Rest easy Great Papa, until I see you again, I'm carrying your love with me.

Butch Duncan

June 7, 2021

I remember one of the very first times I met David. He, mom, Glenda, and Joe came and picked me up in their truck. Glenda, Joe, and I were in back under the camper top. We were in our sleeping bags laying around a heater on our way to Ohio from WV.
It was in the winter months and it was quite chilly outside. After a while I began to heat up pretty good,(if you know what I mean). My sleeping bag was on fire. So, we got David’s attention to pull over. Put he never raised his voice or got upset. As a matter of fact we all kind of snickered in laughter. A memory of David being understanding as he always showed. “Elbows off the Table.”
Going to Miss You!!

Peggy Rush

June 7, 2021

My husband always told me my life would never be dull when we got married he was right our life together was a joy I will never forget his craziest his funny corney jokes and he was my love and my soul mate we were one from day one.i love him and miss him and will always and forever be with him...peggy

glenda strickland

June 7, 2021

My daddy was a great man,I always without a doubt knew he loved me cause he told me everyday and I loved
him more than words could ever say,my daddy never let me down.i will miss all our special moments of joking and laughing even when no one else did..I love you daddy always and forever.i will see you again Tinker(Glenda),,,your little girl