James Smiley (Spooky) Bush
September 7th, 1936 - December 24th, 2013 77 Years
December 31st, 2002 at 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
January 3rd, 2014 at 5:00 am
St. Paul Lutheran Church
4450 Harden Blvd., Lakeland, Florida
James Smiley (Spooky) Bush, 77
City of Lakeland Firefighter
Lakeland- Mr. James Smiley (Spooky) Bush died on December 24, 2013 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center of heart failure. He was born September 7, 1936 in Colquitt, GA. Mr. Bush served in the United States Army and was stationed in Birmingham, AL, working in the records department. He later served in the Army National Guard as a Warrant Officer. Mr. Bush received an Associate Degree in Accounting from Lakeland Business College. He also completed accounting courses from LaSalle University.
He worked as a Firefighter at the City of Lakeland Fire Department for 29 years, retiring as a lieutenant. Mr. Bush owned and operated Bush Bookkeeping and Income Tax Service for over 40 years. He was predeceased by his parents James Campbell Bush and Mattie Lee Holt Bush Matthews, stepfather, Sherman Matthews and brother, Fletcher Bush.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ethel Elizabeth Jones Bush, daughter, Sonja Kay Bianco and husband John Jr., son, James Anthony Bush and his wife, Jennifer Canady Bush, 4 grandchildren, Talia Bianco, John III (Bo) Bianco, James (Bobby) Bianco, Talina Bianco, brother, Danny L. Bush and his wife Carol, stepsisters, Betty Madden, Kitty Hite, stepbrother Lavon Matthews and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1511 N. Westshore Blvd. Ste. 980, Tampa, FL 33607 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284 or to the SPCA, 5850 S. Brennen Road, Lakeland, FL 33813.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday, January 3, 2014, 11:00 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4450 Harden Blvd., Lakeland, FL.
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Amanda Jeanne on January 22nd, 2014 - 8:01 am said:
Dear Bush Family, From one firefighter family to another, we want to express our deepest sympathies. During difficult times such as these, we find It comforting to reflect on cherished memories and Bible promises. A few of our favorite verses are found at Revelation 21: 3, 4 and Psalm 34:18. These verses are very comforting and we hope that you find a few quiet moments to be able to look these up in your own Bible. We know these verses will bring as much comfort to you as they have to us. With Deepest Sympathy, Amanda Jeanne and Family
Lee & Pam Murphy on January 2nd, 2014 - 9:38 am said:
Our condolences to all the Bush family. Smiley was always the one who had the personality to create humor for any occasion as well being a true professional. We will always cherish the memories of his friendship.
Ira W. Bryant on December 31st, 2013 - 5:54 pm said:
The world has lost a fine man with the passing of Smiley. I knew him for over 51 years. We took rookie training at the LFD in 1962. Ethel, we all loved your husband. He will be missed by you and the children, but remember him in his best moments of life. He will always remain in your hearts. Time will heal the pain of the parting, but you will always keep the memories of time spent together.
Gino and Peggy Reed on December 31st, 2013 - 12:59 pm said:
Our condolences to Aunt Ethel , Sonja, Anthony, and family. I will always remember those trips to the houseboat and the time he broke his foot while riding a mini bike and that still didnt stop him from fishing. I will always remember that he took the time to teach me the word ( confiscate ) after I shot holes in his mail box with my BB gun. ( After he cooled down he did give my BB gun back ) but I think of him everytime I hear that word.Thank you for the good times and thanks for the memories
Deshonda Dobie and the HIMS 7N staff on December 30th, 2013 - 3:53 pm said:
Our deepest sympathy to Sonja Bianco and family. May the Lord be with you during this time. You are a wonderful person.
catfish on December 30th, 2013 - 2:23 pm said:
smiley was a great friend. he and i shared many memories.
Claudette on December 29th, 2013 - 2:43 pm said:
will miss seeing him at grape hammock
Rick Beale on December 29th, 2013 - 9:50 am said:
My condolences to Ethel, Anthony, Sonja and the extended Bush family. Smiley, my mentor and accomplice, has left us for a better place. He was like a father to me that Anthony never had. \"This ain\'t no lie\", he will be sorely missed and always in my memories.
Mike and Stephanie Hinson on December 29th, 2013 - 4:30 am said:
Our condolences of the loss of a beloved friend and brother Fireman
Karolyn Mustard on December 28th, 2013 - 9:00 am said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Sincerely Karolyn Mustard RN