Mr. Ira Bush Jr., age 89, passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at Huntsville Hospital.
Mr. Bush, known by everyone as Junior, was born May 24, 1930, in Boaz, Alabama. Junior's father operated a shoe shop in Boaz. Later, the family moved to Guntersville, where Junior's parents worked in the cotton mill from that time until their deaths.
Junior lived his entire life in Guntersville. He loved Guntersville and often participated in local politics. He campaigned for numerous candidates and had an uncanny ability to predict winners.
As a young man, he worked for Glen Vaughn at the Guntersville Dam Marina and also for Ralston Purina Feed Company at East Lake. For a while, he owned and operated a service station at the corner of Highway 69 and Rayburn Avenue.
Junior served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a mail clerk, stateside at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.
In the 1960s, Junior started his own business, North Alabama Bag Company.
His favorite pastimes were raising purebred dogs on his farm on Sand Mountain. He raised Jack Russell terriers, rat terriers, Australian shepherds and blue heelers. But he loved all dogs and often kept rescue dogs and stray dogs on his farm.
Junior is survived by his daughter,m Karon Bush; and his son, Mike Bush (Melanie); grandchildren Bess Bush, Dee Bush, Ben Cox and Sam Cox.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sunell Walker Bush, a beloved longtime school teachers; his parents, Nova and Ira Bush Sr., and his brother, Alton Bush.
Burial was in the Guntersville City Cemetery next to his wife of 57 years, Sunell.
Memorials in his name can be made to to Second Chance Animal Shelter or the charity of your choice.