Handicapable Square Dance Caller/Teacher
Founder and 20+ years Caller for Sunland Swingers
(willing to assist anyone with Handicapable Dancing)
Call for several clubs in South Georgia.
Dixie Federation Callers Member
Gssda Convention Caller
James Madison Bush
September 3, 2015
James Madison Bush, age 68, of Cairo, GA passed away at Gainesville VAMC in
Gainesville, FL on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.
A memorial service for Mr. Bush will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015
at 10 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Donalsonville, GA with
Rev. Jim Weaver officiating and honorary pallbearers being members of the
Magnolia Squares Square Dance Club, the Sunland Swingers, The Wheel Arounds,
the Belles and Beaux, the Georgia State Square Dance Association, the Dixie
Federation Callers Association, and the Caller Lab. Visitation will be held
on Friday evening, September 11, 2015 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Evans-Skipper
Funeral Home in Donalsonville, GA.
Mr. Bush was born in Donalsonville, GA on August 14, 1947 to Walter Blackshear Bush
and Edith Elaine Hayes Bush. He graduated from Seminole County High School in 1965.
Sgt. Bush served in the United States Air Force from July of 1966 until being
honorably discharged in January of 1970. Sgt. Bush was a Vietnam Veteran and spent
nearly 3 years overseas in service to our Nation as a Weapons Mechanic on the F4D
After his time in the Armed Service, Mr. Bush worked in the farming and
agricultural industry for many years, including over a decade with Green
Circles Farms of Miller County. Mr. Bush also worked for several hospitals
in the Archbold Hospital network including Grady County Memorial and most
recently serving in the Medical Supplies Department in the Mitchell County
Mr. Bush loved square dancing and was a highly respected square dance
caller for many years. He devoted much of his life to helping Handi-capable
children learn to square dance. An avid square dancer and caller, Jim was
known as "Bush Baby" in square dance groups. He organized and called for
the Magnolia Squares square dance club of Cairo, GA. He instructed and
called for Bainbridge College in the Continuing Education Department. He
also called and instructed in Marianna, FL for Sunland Swingers. He was a
member of Wheel Arounds in Albany, GA and Belles and Beaux of Valdosta, GA.
He was a member of the Georgia State Square Dance Association, a member and
held offices in the Dixie Federation Callers Association in Tifton, GA and
was a member of Caller Lab of Florida and volunteered for the GSSDA Board
of Directors. Mr. Bush was a member of the Pine Level Baptist Church in
He is survived by five children, Amy (Steve) McKown of Clewiston, FL, Ben
(Adriana) Bush of Tallahassee, FL, Jake (Abbi) Bush of Whigham, GA, Amanda
(Henry) Neel of Tallahassee, FL, and Josh (Carrie) Bush of Gainesville, FL;
a brother, Joe (Irene) Bush of Blakely, GA; two sisters, Peggy Higgins of
Wilmington, NC and Cindy (Les) Robinson of Donalsonville, GA; and a
sister-in-law, Diane Bush of Blakely, GA. He is also survived by 8
grandchildren, Steven McKown, II of Millington, TN, Nicki McKown of
Tallahassee, FL, Sara McKown of Clewiston, FL, Walter McKown of Clewiston,
FL, Cadey Beth Neel of Tallahassee, FL, Zoe Neel of Tallahassee, FL, Sofia
Bush of Tallahassee, FL, and Amelia Grace Bush of Tallahassee, FL. Numerous
nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and square dancers also survive.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in "Memory of
James M. Bush" be made to: Gainesville VAMC 1601 SW Archer Road,
Gainesville, FL 32608.