Thomas "Tom" Marvin Bush III, 66, passed away suddenly from an automobile accident on Friday, May 9, 2014. Tom was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico to Tom and Laura Bush. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dolores "Lori" Bush, his brother John Bush (Jacksonville Beach, FL), his daughter Christina Smith and her husband Darryl Smith (Tallahassee), his son Tom Bush IV and his wife Heather Bush (Jacksonville, NC), and his seven grandchildren: Shelby Smith, Sean Smith, Shay Bush, Riley Bush, Devin Bush, Delaney Bush and Owen Bush. Tom graduated from Hobbs High School in 1966. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from New Mexico State University in 1972, Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Florida State University in 1996 and Master of Education from Florida State University in 2001.
Tom spent 20 years working in the family business as a car dealer in Jacksonville, Florida with his father and brother before pursuing his true calling as an educator. After working as a teacher in Starke, Florida, Tom settled in Tallahassee where he earned his master's degree in education. He then spent nine rewarding years as a science and math teacher at SAIL High School before retiring in 2009. Tom "T-Bear" Bush was a vibrant individual who loved acting, music, camping, construction projects and simply spending time with his family. He was a dreamer and a romantic, spending most of his time enjoying the peace and tranquility on his and Lori's 30 acres, always dreaming up the next big project. His larger than life personality touched many people who will dearly miss him.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at Culley's MeadowWood Riggins Road Chapel on Friday, May 16th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. A Celebration of Tom's life will be held on Saturday, May 17th at 6:00pm at the home of Tom and Dolores Bush - 5032 Butterfly Hill Lane, Tallahassee, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation on his behalf to SAIL High School, "A School for Arts and Innovative Learning".
Arrangements under the direction of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Tallahassee, FL.