A former Smith County Commissioner, Mr. Robert A. Bush age 73 of Chestnut Mound, died at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning February 15, 2017 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin where he was admitted Tuesday evening February 14th at 10 p.m. after becoming gravely ill at his Chestnut Mound highway home.
Graveside services and interment were conducted Friday morning February 17th at 11 a.m. from the Chestnut Mound United Methodist Church Cemetery. His brother-in-law, Jimmy Apple, delivered the eulogy.
He was the only son of the late Lizzie Mae Bush Duke who died at the age of 87 on August 24, 2009.
He was married at the Jackson County Courthouse to Chestnut Mound native the former, Anna Mai Apple.
Mr. Bush was a 1961 graduate of Smith County High School where he majored in Agriculture and Social Studies and received the State Farmer Degree his junior year and was a class officer his sophomore and junior year.
He had a thirty year career with the Tennessee Department of Transportation where he was employed with the surveying department before retiring on December 31, 1999.
Mr. Bush was elected in 1972 to represent the Chestnut Mound district on the, then Smith County Quarterly Court under former Smith County Judge and executive Jack C. Kittrell.
Mr. Bush had been a part time attendant at the Helms Bend Convenience Center since April 20th of 2010.
Surviving in addition to his wife of just over fifty years is a daughter, Cindy Bush of Chestnut Mound, son, Jason Bush and wife Olivia Fulton Bush of Elmwood; two sisters, Ann Duke Riddle and husband Jerald of Chestnut Mound, Debbie Duke Sevier and husband Richard of Maggart; three grandchildren, Logan Dickens of Chestnut Mound and fiancée Meghan Buckler of South Carthage, Hayden and Cambell Bush of Elmwood.
The Bush family requests memorials to either the Jordan Hackett Foundation or the Easton Goad Foundation.