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Long-time TTU supporter Howell Bush passes away at age 94

Tennessee Tech Baseball Stadium is named for Howell Bush;
Visitation is Sunday, funeral scheduled for Monday at 11:30 a.m.


Howell W. Bush, a former Golden Eagle baseball and basketball player and a long-time supporter of Tennessee Tech athletics, died this week in Murfreesboro at the age of 94.

With the generous support of Mr. Bush, Tennessee Tech was able to add lighting to the baseball facility and named the stadium in his honor in 1997. The current Golden Eagles play in Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex.

Listed below is the obituary for Mr. Bush:

94, of Murfreesboro passed away from this life on 21, January 2010 at MTMC of natural causes. He was born one of eleven children to the late James L. and Eula Jane Mash Bush on December 13, 1915 in Bradyville, Tennessee. He was married to the love of his life, Lois Rogers Bush, in 1948.

He attended Bradyville Elementary School, Cannon County High School and received a B. S. degree from Tennessee Tech University which he attended on a baseball scholarship and played baseball and basketball, and a Master’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He was an educator having taught school, coached and served as principal in various schools for 30 years in Cannon, Rutherford, Coffee, Bedford and Moore Counties. He was most proud to say that while in Lynchburg he had Johnny Majors as a student.

He was a staunch supporter of Tennessee Tech, especially the baseball program. He was presented an Outstanding Service Award in 2001 and endowed the lighting system for the new baseball complex built on Tech’s Campus in recent years. He also presented Rockvale and Lynchburg schools with lighted marquees for their campus. He also loved farming and raising cattle which he did until his retirement twelve years ago. He was also an avid baseball fan, especially the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves.

He was a member of the Kingwood Heights Church of Christ in Murfreesboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Alonzo, of Detroit, Michigan; Walter Clyde of Bowling Green, Kentucky; Oren of Woodbury, Tennessee; sisters, Beatrice and Ona, of Bradyville, Tennessee, Hester Thomas and Helen Diehl of Detroit, Michigan and Thelma Staley of Shelbyville, TN. He is survived by his wife, two brothers, Hoyt Bush and James Bush of Detroit, Michigan and several nephews and nieces and a dear friend and caregiver, Martha Hopkins.

Visitation with the family will be from 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at Jennings & Ayers. A chapel service will be 11:30 Monday at Jennings & Ayers with Bro. Charles Mullins and Mike Gann officiating. Nephews will serve as active pallbearers. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Middle Tennessee Alzheimers Association or Stones River Manor. Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home, 820 South Church St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 615-893-2422 www.jenningsandayers.com


Photo: From left, Lois Bush, Howell Bush, Coach David Mays and University President Angelo Volpe at the dedication of Bush Stadium