Thomas Marvin Bush III

April 25, 1948May 9, 2014
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Thomas “Tom” Marvin Bush III, 66, passed away suddenly from an automobile accident on Friday, May 9, 2014. Tom was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico to Tom and Laura Bush. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dolores “Lori” Bush, his brother John Bush (Jacksonville Beach, FL), his daughter Christina Smith and her husband Darryl Smith (Tallahassee), his son Tom Bush IV and his wife Heather Bush (Jacksonville, NC), and his seven grandchildren: Shelby Smith, Sean Smith, Shay Bush, Riley Bush, Devin Bush, Delaney Bush and Owen Bush. Tom graduated from Hobbs High School in 1966. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from New Mexico State University in 1972, Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Florida State University in 1996 and Master of Education from Florida State University in 2001. Tom spent 20 years working in the family business as a car dealer in Jacksonville, Florida with his father and brother before pursuing his true calling as an educator. After working as a teacher in Starke, Florida, Tom settled in Tallahassee where he earned his master’s degree in education. He then spent nine rewarding years as a science and math teacher at SAIL High School before retiring in 2009. Tom “T-Bear” Bush was a vibrant individual who loved acting, music, camping, construction projects and simply spending time with his family. He was a dreamer and a romantic, spending most of his time enjoying the peace and tranquility on his and Lori’s 30 acres, always dreaming up the next big project. His larger than life personality touched many people who will dearly miss him. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Culley’s MeadowWood Riggins Road Chapel on Friday, May 16th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. A Celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Saturday, May 17th at 6:00pm at the home of Tom and Dolores Bush - 5032 Butterfly Hill Lane, Tallahassee, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation on his behalf to SAIL High School, "A School for Arts and Innovative Learning".

Arrangements under the direction of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Tallahassee, FL.


  • Gathering Of Family & Friends Friday, May 16, 2014
  • Celebration Of Life Saturday, May 17, 2014

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Leigh Ann Rassler

August 8, 2014

I just heard about Thomas today. I am in shock and sad to hear he is no longer with us. He was larger than life and I enjoyed working with him at World Wide Motors West and Mazda City. I am forever grateful to the Bush family for giving me the opportunity to learn and work my way through college. Thomas inspired me to keep going and not give up on my dreams. He will be missed.

May 27, 2014

Looking through your photos I am struck by the love so evident on both your face and your Tom's. May God bless both of you and give you the strength you need at this time. You are in my prayers!

May 22, 2014

I see his and the love from his family. Im sure he is still here . SteveJones

Elaine Wilbur

May 19, 2014

I had the pleasure of meeting T-Bear when I attended SAIL High. He was a great educator and an even greater man. I am deeply saddened by his passing he will be deeply missed. Till we meet again. RIP and take care.

Venita Copeland

May 18, 2014

We are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We were hoping he would be able to make our class reunion next year. God bless and may he rest in peace. Prayers for the family. Venita Wilson Copeland

Terri Clifford

May 18, 2014

I was stunned and heartbroken to learn of Tom's passing. May the grace and peace of God uphold you all!

Lucy Antone

May 17, 2014

Dear Delores and family. I too was saddened by the news of your loss. I love the photos of your memories together. From the tributes of those who knew Tom and his wonderful sense of life, I believe he is now watching over you all. I will pray for you in the days ahead. May God be with you all and direct you to a place of peace someday.

James 4:8

May 17, 2014

Draw close to God and he will draw close to you.

Jane Elmore

May 17, 2014

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Tom's death. It brought back so many memories of the good times and shared life changing experiences of Insight in Jacksonville -- what wonderful years those were. Tom, your spirit was magnetic, your love explosive. You will live on in our hearts forever. And, Lori, my heartfelt love to you and your family.

Rebecca Hurlbut

May 16, 2014

Delores I was saddened to hear of your husband's passing. We have been out of town and just returned yesterday. You have our deepest sympathy. May God hold His arms around you and help you through this difficult time. My prayers are with you and your family.