Virginia "Ginger" Josey Bush, 78,
passed away Saturday,
December 7, 2019 at RegionalOneMedicalCenter
After a short, hard-fought battle with cancer, she was called to her heavenly
home. Ginger was born October 24, 1941
to James Carlisle Josey and Lenoir Cox Josey. She grew up in Greenwood,
and graduated from GreenwoodHigh School.
After high school, she received a bachelor's degree in elementary education
for Women and a master's degree in education from DeltaStateUniversity. In 1963, Mrs. Bush moved to Clarksdale
to begin her teaching career. For 29 years, she taught fifth grade language
arts at KirkpatrickElementary School
until she retired in 1992. Mrs. Bush was a beloved favorite among many
students, as she fully devoted herself to each of her students and to
furthering their education. With such a lengthy career at Kirkpatrick, Mrs.
Bush taught multiple generations of students. It could be said that Mrs. Bush
taught "half of Clarksdale",
with one student even being her future son-in-law. Ginger met and married Judge Kenneth Bradley
Bush in June 1964. They shared a loving 53 years of marriage with one another. Ginger was a faithful member St.
where she cheerfully sung in the choir each and every Sunday. She served as the
church's higher education coordinator, participated in handbell
performances, volunteered with annual vacation bible schools, and assisted in
"Adopt-a-School" achievement celebrations for Kirkpatrick. She also
faithfully assisted in serving meals to local individuals at Christ's Kitchen
Ginger was always eager and willing to serve the needs of others, especially
her church family. After her retirement from teaching, Ginger
became a very active member in the Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma retired
teachers' association. Ginger also wholeheartedly devoted herself to
her family. After raising two children of her own, "Mama" became a
proud, loving grandparent to four grandchildren, for whom she would do
anything. Ginger is preceded in death by her husband
Judge Kenneth Bush and her parents Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Josey. She is survived by
Kenneth Bradley Bush II (Jennifer) of Hernando and Ginny Matthews (Jason) of Clarksdale.
In addition, she is survived by sisters Dorothy Lee Crocker of Baton
Rouge and Lenoir Booth of Prentiss.
"Mama" is also survived by her grandchildren, Bailey Nicole Matthews
and Mallory Margaret Matthews of Clarksdale,
and Katherine Leigh Bush and Kenneth Bradley Bush III (Trey) of Hernando. Visitation is Wednesday, December 11, 2019,
at ClarksdaleUnitedMethodistChurch, with funeral services to follow at
Burial will be at OakridgeCemetery
Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home is handling the
arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials or donations may
be made to ClarksdaleUnitedMethodistChurch
or to St. Jude Children's ResearchHospital.