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Bernadine Bush

August 25, 1930 — August 7, 2016

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Mrs. Bernadine Bush, age 85 of Franklin, KY., entered into rest Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 11:46 PM at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Booker-Gilbert Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the Blackjack Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Hillsdale Cemetery in Simpson Co., KY.

She was born August 25, 1930 in Simpson Co., KY. to the late John William Payne and to the late Nellie Blanch Spears Payne.  She was the wife of the late Henry Clay Bush. Her daughter Wanda Bush Utley, 3 sisters Sue Henson Cline, Evelyn Barnes and Eva Finn, preceded her in death.

She is survived by 2 sons Gary Bush (Ligaya) and Kendall Bush (Kathie) both of Franklin, KY., a brother Howard Spears of Franklin, KY., 7 grandchildren Cherita Bell, William Clay Bush, Maria Fykes, Katrina Ann Thomas, Charlie Bush, Deanna Stone and Daniel Utley and 20 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.

Ms. Bush was a member of the Blackjack Baptist Church, a 1948 graduate of Franklin-Simpson High School.  She was a former co-owner Blackjack Store, worked at Sealed Power Manufacturing and a farmer.

Visitation will be from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM Tuesday, August 9, 2016 and from 6:00 AM until 9:00 PM Wednesday and from 6:00 AM until 8:00 AM until Thursday at Booker-Gilbert Funeral Home.  The body will lie in state at the church from 9:00 AM until funeral service time Thursday at Blackjack Church.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Blackjack Baptist Church.

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