Nov. 26, 1955-July 20, 2020

William Fox Rush, known as “Willie”, passed peacefully at the Cypress, Texas, home of his sister, Donna Rush Acosta, July 20, 2020, after losing his battle to cancer.

Willie was predeceased by both his parents, W.A. “Dub” Rush and Sally Johnson Rush; and his sister, Larke Rush.

Willie is lovingly remembered by his sister, Donna Rush Acosta, and her fiancé, Tim Parma; her children, Sally and Braden Acosta of Cypress; his nephew, Brian Aaron of Los Lunas, N.M.; and a host of wonderful cousins on the Rush and Johnson family sides. Although Willie had no children of his own, he is survived by his loving dog, “Tank”, who was by his side until the end and will remain with his sister and family.

Willie, born in Alexandria Nov. 26,1955, resided in Natchitoches until 1968 then moved to Monroe where he graduated from Neville High School and had the honor of being a member of the 1972 legendary football state champ team. Willie returned to Natchitoches and attended Northwestern State University and played football as well. Willie was born a free spirit and became what we used to call “a man’s man.”

After attending NSU, Willie became a commercial deep-sea diver for several years then his love of the outdoors led him eventually to Montana where he became a rancher/big game guide and was as close to Heaven as he could be. He learned to shoe horses and the art of ironwork and eventually returned to Natchitoches and converted the Lambre Cotton Gin into Bermuda Forge & Metal Works where he created custom ornamental ironwork and lived in the original school house for Bermuda (now Cane River Commissary) until he suffered a severe motorcycle accident.

He later became a commercial helicopter pilot and worked many years until his health issues prevented him from continuing to fly. He was fearless and brave. He was blessed with an aliveness that few experience. He was gifted with physicality and enhanced by a deep love of the outdoors.  He had an easy manner that drew people to him and many lasting friendships. He was observant of nature and of human nature. He was fiercely independent and the adventure of life called to him so strongly. He loved his family deeply (you can judge the character of a man by how he loves his mama.

There will be a celebration of his life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to honor Willie’s wishes to make donations to the ASPCA.org, WoundedWarriorProject.org or the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home @ lumcfs.org.