Retired Virginia State Police Sgt., Aubrey Wallace â€œA.W.â€ Rush, 81, of Bedford, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Born Oct. 26, 1931 in Lynchburg; he was a son of the late Aubrey Watkins Rush and Mary Collins Rush. Rush, as he was known by family and friends, was also preceded in death by a brother, William â€œBillâ€ Rush; sister, Genevieve R. Marshall; and a niece, Susan Marshall Pickrel. Rush was a member of Oakland United Methodist Church. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy
. Rush was dedicated to his career in law enforcement as a Virginia State Police Trooper for 42 years. In his VPS Trooper career; he was honored to be in charge of the first K-9 unit. He was a member of the Virginia State Police Association and Alumni and the American Legion Board-Canady Post 54 in Bedford. Following retirement, Rush worked with his friends at Piedmont Metal Products. Rush is survived by his loving wife of 46-1/2 years, Marilyn Neas Rush; son, Steve Rush and wife, Judy of Bedford; daughter, Elizabeth Leigh Turner of Lynchburg; children by marriage, Dennis C. Burks and wife, Jeannie of Bel Alton, MD, and Denise Mignogna and husband Gary of Lynchburg; grandchildren, Allison W. Rush, Jennifer L. Rush, Brittney Burks Dixon and husband, Marcus, Bethany N. Burks, Kristen M. Mignogna, Benjamin C. Mignogna; brothers-in-law, Odell Neas, Wayne Neas; and a host of friends, neighbors, and extended family. Those wishing to may make memorial contributions, are asked to consider: Oakland United Methodist Church, 2465 Goode Station Road, Goode, VA 24556; Bedford County Fire and Rescue, 122 E. Main Street #205, Bedford, VA 24523; Goode Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 178, Goode, VA 24556. A funeral service was conducted 11 am, Friday, June 28, 2013 in Tharp Funeral Chapel, Bedford, with Rev. Dr. H.O. Tom Thomas officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online by visiting www.tharpfuneralhome.com
. Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, 540-586-3443.