In Loving Memory

The Reverend Arnold Arlington Bush, Jr.

February 25, 1937 -


The Reverend Arnold Arlington Bush, Jr., 82, of Fairhope, AL, died Friday, January 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 fifty years. He encouraged everyone to laugh and grow in love for each other and Christ.

Arnold was born February 25, 1937, in Laurel, MS 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 fifty years.  Arnold’s spirituality was nurtured by Faith Alive and Cursillo, 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 fifty-four years, and his older brother, Harry Harmon Bush.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Guthrie Bush of Fairhope, Ala., 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 ten grandchildren, Stephen Bush (Katherine) and John and Henry of Memphis, TN, Andrew Bush (Shannon) and Abigail, Cheyne and Sloane of Edwards, MS, David Bush (Helen) and Avery, Michaela and Zachary of Spanish Fort, AL, Margaret Bush Cassimus (John) and Catherine and Alex of Birmingham, AL, and Elizabeth Bush of Clinton, MS; his brother, James Wray Bush (Shirley) of Laurel, MS; stepson, Charles Harris of New Orleans, LA; his beloved nieces and nephews Linda Burdine (Scott) of Houston, TX, Patricia Johnston (Steve) of Dallas, TX, Harry Bush, Jr. (Carolyn) of Boerne, TX, Michael Bush (Cynthia) of Laurel, MS, Leann Pearson (Kyle) of Allen, Tx, and Clay Davidson (Steve) of Ridgeland, MS.

A memorial service will be held at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 860 N. Section Street in Fairhope, AL on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., with internment of ashes in the Memorial Garden.    A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s-by-the-Lake Episcopal Church in Brandon, MS on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., with internment of ashes. A memorial service will be held at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Niceville, FL on Monday, January 20, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., with internment 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 Drive, Niceville, FL 32578; or St. John’s Episcopal Church, 541 N. 5th Avenue, 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, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Rev.Barbara Kirk-Norris

    Stephen, Katherine and family,
    Bill and I are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Jill Cooper

      As a young mom I remember riding the “rattler” with Arnold. We all thought he had such insight and a wonderful sense of humor.

      Many blessings to you at this time,

  2. Libby

    Father Arnold had a contagious smIle and a evangelistic heart. He was our very first Episcopal Priest in Tifton, Ga. Arnold was one of a kind!

  3. Dr Gregory V Dubay

    You’re on my mind frequently and in my heart forever. Through you Our Lord and Savior brought Peace Love Happiness and Eternal Life – forever altering my life’s course. Rest in God’s Kingdom, with my love.

  4. Sally Tomme Adamson

    Arnold is remembered and loved by anyone who ever knew him. I will never forget how he revitalized St Anne’s, Tifton, GA and started it on its road to being a Christian family. I am so glad he had the love of family before his death. He was truly a saint.

  5. Beverly Turner

    Father Bush comes to mind often as he gave me guidance that has carried me through my life. His quiet strength and subtlety had a powerful impact. God bless him.

  6. Barbara T McCord

    We at Sundown enjoyed having Rev. Bush as one of our owners. He was always very kind and helpful. I remember the last time I spoke with him at planting day. He offered to be on one of our committees and participate any way we needed him. He will be missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and friends.

    Your Sundown family.

  7. Doug Carpenter

    Arnold had a large and active presence in the “Jesus Movement.” He will be deeply missed by those of us who walked closely with him, but his influence will continue to abide with us and influence many lives. He was and is a loving blessing.

  8. Linda Pelly

    He was a beloved & loving man with a huge smile & a zest for life. A good shepherd of countless parishioners and I only wish I had known him as my priest. Your family is held close in many hearts & prayers are said for peace, comfort & healing.

  9. Sara Baugh

    I am very blessed to have had Arnold as my neighbor for the past six years before he and Nancy moved to Fairhope. Arnold was a shining light to our neighborhood radiating Christ’s love to all of us. I continue to pray for Nancy and Arnold’s children and their families. May God bless you.

  10. Ileana Harbour

    May his soul and all of the faithful departed Rest In Peace. May God give comfort to all the family, we love you Nancy, specially praying for you. Love, Mark, ILI, and the kids.

  11. Janet and Bill Lushbaugh

    We loved father Arnold so much! He married us in 1984 at St. Peter’s by the lake. He was so joyful and fun and caring . I can’t say enough good comments about this extraordinary priest, father, friend and mentor. He was a wonderful man of God.

  12. John (Jack) & Diana Doran

    Our deepest heartfelt condolences are sent to Nancy and all the family. Arnold had a very special influence on us and our family. He will be missed and remembered always. Prayers and love, Diana & Jack Doran.

  13. Halleta Heinrich

    I am saddened to hear about the passing of dear Arnold, but can see his smiling face shining upon us from Heaven. I cried the day the realization hit me that he had left Christ Church San Antonio where he served on staff with me. When I saw his empty office across the hall from mine I wept. What a joyful presence he always was! We missed him so! But I’m happy for him he got to return to his beloved south east. Texas truly grew from his presence here. God bless Arnold and all his family!

  14. William Mann, Jr.

    My father, Rev. William S. Mann, was a mentor of Arnold Bush at St. John’s Church in Laurel, MS during the early 1950’s, and had great influence on his becoming an Episcopal priest. Mr. Mann took great pride in his group of acolytes, of whom Arnold was one, and spent recreational time with the acolytes beyond the church confines, taking them on Saturday morning hikes on a nearby farm. The two remained in touch for many years.

  15. Greg Sethness

    We remember fondly sitting with Arnold in his classes, soaking up his wisdom and teaching. We enjoying being part of his family at Christ Episcopal Church, San Antonio. I’m sure his is now singing, smiling and yes, laughing some in heaven.
    Greg and Renee Sethness

  16. Susan and Lon Smith

    Father Arnold was a true blessing for those of us at Christ Episcopal Church in San Antonio. His loving demeanor, his true interest in our lives, the example of his loving presence with his family were a few of his wonderful attributes. Our family is deeply grateful for the time we had with Arnold, Zoe, and Elizabeth. We know he is now at rest in the Southern neighborhood of Heaven! May all of his survivors rest in their happy memories of Reverend Arnold. Prayers and love,

  17. Carol Strode

    At one time while Arnold was at Christ Church, all the priests became a Shepherd to one of the newly formed weeknight neighborhood groups
    for prayer and study. My husband and I were blessed to have been in his “flock” where we learned so much from his lessons. His joyous smile
    and infectious laugh were so much a part of this very special priest. Prayers for comfort and healing for his family.

  18. Carol Strode

    Arnold was a much loved priest. At one time while he was at Christ Church, the clergy became Shepherds to weekly neighborhood groups
    for prayer and study. My husband and I were blessed to have been in his “flock”. He was a gifted teacher and his joyous smile and infectious
    laugh were so much a part for this very special man of God. Prayers of comfort and healing for his family.

  19. Ted Schroder

    Arnold’s enthusiasm and dedication to the Lord and to pastoral ministry was unparalleled. He was an an invaluable member of our staff team at Christ Church, San Antonio. His leadership of Stephen Ministry was effective and tireless. His hospital visiting was dependable and most appreciated by all. He taught spiritual gifts workshops to the benefit of all who participated. He fulfilled the role of the pastor to equip the saints for the work of ministry. I will always be grateful for his service as my colleague in ministry. He was faithful in all that he did and could be relied upon to respond to the needs of others. He never let me down. I am grateful for having known him as I did.

  20. Jane & Joe Sheridan

    We will always remember Arnold as a kind and caring person. We were blessed to have him as our priest at St. Annes. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  21. Dr. W. George Gaines

    Well done faithful servant! My wife Carol and I were joined in Holy Matrimony by Father Bush 56 years ago. As a result of his pastoral counseling, my wife and I managed to survive the lumps & bumps that come with married life. We have often reflected upon his inspiration and wise counsel. We only wish that we had been able to thank him for all he did for us. Carol and I also loved Zoe and were deeply saddened to learn of her passing a few years ago. Carol and I still laugh about the times we baby-sat for Steven. He was a real handful!


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