Edgar Julius Bush

June 15, 1941September 5, 2020

Edgar Julius Bush, better known as "Ed" and to most of his extended family as "Brother" of Marbury, AL died at his home, surrounded by his family at 6:25 pm on September 5, 2020.

He was born on June 15, 1941 to Willie George and Agnes Young Bush in Kennett, Missouri. He grew up in McKenzie, AL and later moved with his family to Montgomery, AL where he graduated high school and married his high school sweetheart.

Ed loved and served his country faithfully in the National Guard Air Force Reserve for 13 years, earning the rank of Master Sergeant and was NCOIC in Communications.

In 1974, at 33 years of age, he gave his heart to Jesus and served Him wholeheartedly for the rest of his days. Ed was a retired pastor and co-founder of Wellspring for Women, which he and his wife, Valeta headed for nearly 40 years.

"Brother", like his mother, Agnes, loved all things involving family and faithfully hosted his family reunion for over 30 years. He preferred the outdoors, was happy in a tractor seat and farmed the land from the moment he bought it until the year he passed. People were often heard to say that Ed was "hard to keep up with!" He enjoyed Alabama football and eagerly anticipated each season.

Ed had a tremendous heart for people and for sharing the love of Jesus with anyone he encountered. Many lives were impacted through his encouragement and his faithful ministry of God's Word. He passionately loved one woman, Valeta Bush, affectionately known as "Bunny" for 57 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie George and Agnes Bush and his brother-in-law, Jim York. Ed is survived by his wife, Valeta Bush, his sister, Willette York, daughters; Eve Hatcher (Paul), Heather Buesinger and his son, Michael Bush (Jessie). Left to cherish Ed's memory are his grandchildren; Kirsten Buesinger, Caitlin Buesinger, Hannah Bush, Haley Bush and Christian Bush.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, a private graveside service was held for the immediate family at Greenwood Cemetery on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 1:00pm.

The family will receive friends and extended family for a public Memorial Service at 10:00am on Saturday, October 10, 2020 on the Bush Family property.

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  • Valeta Bush, Wife
  • Wilette York, Sister
  • Eve Hatcher (Paul), Daughter
  • Heather Buesinger, Daughter
  • Michael Bush (Jessie), Son
  • Kirsten Buesinger, Grandchild
  • Caitlin Buesinger, Grandchild
  • Hannah Bush, Grandchild
  • Haley Bush, Grandchild
  • Christian Bush, Grandchild
  • Willie George Bush, Father (deceased)
  • Agnes Bush, Mother (deceased)
  • Jim York, Brother-in-law (deceased)

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10 October

Memorial Service

10:00 am

The Bush Family Property


Edgar Julius Bush

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James Linch

September 14, 2020

Gonna miss you pastor

Richard Girdner

September 13, 2020

Ms. Bunny, Lisa and I are so sorry for you loss, Father Bush (as we called him) was a great man and he will be sorely missed. We love you and are praying for the family.

Jessie Bush

September 12, 2020

Over the last week, my mind and heart has raced back to a time five years ago, ten years ago, and more when the man we called True Grit worked circles around all of us. Prayed enormously long but heartfelt prayers. Preached weekly in his church at Living Waters Ministries. Counseled women through the darkest time of their lives at Wellspring for Women. I want to listen one more time when his voice turned gravelly and full of emotion as he talked about his son and how much he loved him. I want to catch him sneaking another helping of dessert when he thinks no one else is looking. I think I could even stand another predictable call to gloat when Alabama scored a touchdown against Auburn. I want to hear his voice through the phone as he called Michael daily – just to chat – just to tell him the fifteen little things he was doing that day. (I’ll never forget the day we realized he wasn’t calling his son anymore.)
I need one more tight grip on my shoulder from those weathered and gnarled hands…just one more Christmas where he read from Luke in the Bible we rarely saw him without. One more sweet greeting to me that I heard so often from him: “Hello, Jessa-may. You know, I love you so much and I’m so proud you’re married to my son.”
We laugh about the things he’s probably doing in heaven…most likely walking through a field with Dr. Parker and one of the country boys of the Bible-the shepherd king, Esau, or Boaz…or any other farmer he’ll meet up there. Or maybe he’s in the throne room worshipping the King of Kings doing that curious little two-step we all saw him do during worship.
I know one thing-he’s so happy. He’s free from the diabetic and renal failure chains in his body. And he’s cheering us on until we see him again. Sir, you are missed. You will always be loved. And we will endeavor to pursue the virtues, the integrity, the faith, and the True Grit you’ve left with each one of us who loved you so much.

Suzie Garbs

September 9, 2020

As a former student of will Spring for women , I have to say that pastor Ed and Mrs. Bunny truly saved my life. They taught me how to love myself but more Importantly love the Lord. I remember The Times that pastor Ed always had me help him with the tractors in change light bulbs around the facility He was an amazing man of God in call me a lot in those times we had together. I know he is rejoicing in heaven Amen. Miss Bunny I must say you impact in my life in such a great way . Me and many other students are eternally grateful for what you did for us may God give you peace of this time love Suzy garbs and family

Jan Sims

September 8, 2020

When I renewed my wedding vows you helped us put God in our marriage. You were there many times throughout our trouble times and helped us find the truth. You were a great blessing to us and never gave up on us. Love you pastor Ed


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