The Rev. Arnold Arlington Bush Jr.


The Rev. Arnold Arlington Bush Jr., 82, of Fairhope, Alabama, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

Arnold loved Jesus, ice cream and his family. He enjoyed sports and served the Episcopal Church faithfully as a priest for more than 50 years. He encouraged everyone to laugh and grow in love for each other and Christ.

Arnold was born Feb. 25, 1937 in Laurel, Mississippi to Arnold A. Bush Sr. and Lillian White Bush.

He was a graduate of Millsaps College in 1959, and the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee) in 1962. He was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1963 and served parishes all over the Southeast for more than 50 years.

Arnold's spirituality was nurtured by Faith Alive and Cursillio, and he was committed to sharing the love of God he knew through his devoted work as a province coordinator for Evangelism and Renewal in the Southeastern Episcopal Church.

Arnold was preceded in death by Margaret Zoe Harvey Bush, his college sweetheart and wife of 54 years; and his older brother, Harry Harmon Bush.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Guthrie Bush of Fairhope, Alabama, with whom he traveled widely and who cared for him in his battle with cancer. He is also survived by his and Zoe's five children and 10 grandchildren, Stephen Bush (Katherine) and John and Henry of Memphis, Tennessee, Andrew Bush (Shannon) and Abigail, Cheyne and Sloane of Edwards, Mississippi, David Bush (Helen) and Avery, Michaela and Zachary of Spanish Fort, Alabama, Margaret Bush Cassimus (John) and Catherine and Alex of Birmingham, Alabama, and Elizabeth Bush of Clinton, Mississippi; his brother, James Wray Bush (Shirley) of Laurel, Mississippi; stepson, Charles Harris of New Orleans, Louisiana; his beloved nieces and nephews, Linda Burdine (Scott) of Houston, Texas, Patricia Johnston (Steve) of Dallas, Texas, Harry Bush Jr. (Carolyn) of Boerne, Texas, Michael Bush (Cynthia) of Laurel, Mississippi, Leann Pearson (Kyle) of Allen, Texas and Clay Davidson (Steve) of Ridgeland, Mississippi.

A memorial service with Holy Eucharist will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 860 N. Section St. in Fairhope, Alabama on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 11 a.m., with interment of ashes in the Memorial Garden.

A memorial service will be held at St. Peter's-by-the-Lake Episcopal Church in Brandon, Mississippi on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at 2 p.m., with interment of ashes.

A memorial service will be held at St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Niceville, Florida on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 at 10:30 a.m., with interment of ashes in the Bush Memorial Chapel.

A reception will follow each service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. James, 860 N. Section St., Fairhope, AL 36532, St. Peter's-by-the-Lake, 1954 Spillway Road, Brandon, MS 39047, St. Jude's, 200 N. Partin Dr., Niceville, FL 32578, or St. John's Episcopal Church, 541 N. 5th Ave., Laurel, MS, 39440, where a celebration will be held at a later time.

Memorials may also be sent to Camp Happy Sands, 13300 Johnson Beach Road, Pensacola, FL 32507.

The entire family gives thanks for all those who cared for Arnold and for the outpouring of love, prayers and support.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at

Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, Alabama, is assisting the family.