Born near Ware Place in Greenville County, a daughter of the late Joseph Abner and Mary Etta Coker, Mrs. Bush graduated Valedictorian of Ellen Woodside High School, obtained her Master’s Degree from Clemson University and her Bachelor’s Degree fromFurman University. She was formerly employed with the US Department of Agriculture in Washington as Assistant Actuary and later taught high school at Dacusville, Parker, and Easley High Schools. Mrs. Bush was owner of Bush Oil Company of Easley, Forrest Oil Company of Travelers Rest and Coker’s Supermarket of Moonville. She was a member of Easley First United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a son, Henry E. “Rhett” Bush, III, of Easley; a daughter, Rosemary Retzer (Bill) of Easley; two sisters, Josie Hammond of York and Virginia Baker of Miami, FL; two grandchildren, Joseph E. Bush (Spring) of Easley, and Virginia C. “Ginny” McJunkin (Ernest) of Easley; and two great-grandchildren, Wyatt Everette McJunkin and Thoner Wade Bush. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Bush was predeceased by three brothers, Belton Coker, Walter Coker and Charles Coker; and by four sisters, Loree Wells, Nellie King, Allene Peden and Edith Hay.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2011, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown with Rev. Jim Correll and Rev. Patrick Jinks officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Easley First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 582, Easley, SC 29641 or to the charity of one’s choice.
The family is at the home of her granddaughter, Ginny McJunkin, 100 Hagood Park Drive, Easley, SC 29640.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.