Funeral arrangements are set for the co-founder of Bush’s Chicken.
Charlene Bush died on Monday after a five-year battle with cancer. She and her husband Keith started Bush’s Chicken in Waco in 1995.
There was a viewing on Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. at the Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home in Waco, located at 6101 Bosque Boulevard. Her funeral will be there on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.
“The effect she had on a lot of people meant so much to a lot of people. I think she’d be smiling and happy tears,” says Corey Bush, Charlene’s son.
Corey said she was a gem for Central Texas, but she was even more valuble to her family.
“I can remember her never missing a baseball game, never missing anything to do with any birthday parties. She always wanted to make sure that she showed us the love and support that a mother is supposed to show their kids,” Bush recalled.
The visitation on Wednesday saw folks filing into the Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.
“The outpour and the people coming to see her at the viewing shows just how many lives she touched and how important she was to other people,” Corey says.
Employees also showed to to pay their respects.
Bush’s Chicken is where Adriana Cruz got her first job. She says Charlene always made an effort to be kind.
“I’d always seen them. they’re always generous. Charlene was always smiling and coming in to say hi to us, so I just thought she was very nice to us. So I wanted to go and pay my respects,” Adriana says.
Lori and Jimmy Gaskin say they have known the Bushes for years and the loss of 63-year-old Charlene on Monday hit them hard.
“The thing I’m going to miss about her most is her big heart,” Lori says.
“The Bushes do a lot for the community. There’s not a law enforcement officer or anybody that’s in the Army, Navy, Marines that ever has to pay for a meal from them. Very good people,” they said.