2014-03-13 / Obituaries


Mary Lee Bush, age 68, crossed over into eternity at her Columbus, Miss. residence, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Born on Dec. 3, 1945, the Jackson native was the daughter of the late Robert and Angeline Witherspoon Jenkins. She was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church No. 2 in Jackson before relocating to Columbus, where she affiliated with the Kingdom Vision International Church under the leadership of Pastor R.J. Matthews.

Mary worked at MW Smith Lumber Company, Troy’s Drive In, which later became Ed’s Drive In, and Shoney’s.

Survivors include her son, Mark (Comelethia) Bush of Jackson; seven daughters, Diane Bush of Jackson, Mary B. McDonald, Valerie B. Brown, Erica Bush, Andrea Bush and Robyn Kimbrough, all of Columbus, Miss., and Malisha B. Coleman, a granddaughter raised as a daughter, of Jacksonville, Fla.; six brothers, Ernest Bush Jr. and Edward (Annie) Bush, both of Prichard, Ellis Bush of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Darin (Dora) Jenkins of Huntington Station, N.Y., Charles Jenkins and Jimmy (Lisa) Jenkins, both of Jackson; nine sisters, Louise Vaughn and Beverly Dotson, both of Jackson, Bertha J. Adams and Geraldine (Nathaniel) Watts, both of Huntington Station, N.Y., and Janice (Dr. Anthony) Clemedore of New York, N.Y., Gladys (Rafiq) Sabir of Tuskegee, Carolyn Jenkins of Leroy, Loretta (Authur) Cooper of Auburn and Donna Jenkins of California; 28 grandchildren, five devoted, Alannis, Rhilyn, Nehemiah, Aniyah and Khilyn, and 13 great-grandchildren; care givers, Taylor Brown, Damien Bush, Trazarian Bush and Natoinya Bush; and special friends, Russie Gaston, Hattie Campbell, Jerome “Drew” King, Pam Roberts and Allie Ruth Turner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; adopted mother, Bertha Jenkins; brothers, Frank Jenkins and David Beck; and sisters, Sarah Scott and Sharon Jenkins.

The service was March 8 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church No. 2. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery with Rev. James Howard as eulogist. The final life celebration was entrusted to Jackson Memorial Funeral Home in Jackson.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.jacksonmemorialfh.com. (8-1tp)

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