2016 Individual Distinguished Service
Award Winners – Gene & Judy Rush
It would be difficult to find someone in Greene County who would have an unfavorable opinion of Gene Rush and his wife, Judy. In an often thankless and always bittersweet profession, Gene Rush has established himself as a man of character, service and compassion. His success is due to the trust placed with him and his family because of the consistent and unwavering service they have made a pillar of their lives.
The Rushes have built successful businesses in the last 30 years. As remarkable and impressive as that is, it remains the least remarkable part of their legacy.
Moving to Rogersville in 1985, Gene purchased the funeral home of the late Robert Lantz. An Air Force veteran and a funeral director since 1972, Gene brought dignity and impeccable care to all that he did and built a reputation of professionalism and generosity. Having sincere compassion and dedication to his role in the lives of grieving families, people feel like they matter to Gene because to him, they do. Every aspect of a person’s time with Gene must and will be perfect as he expects the absolute best for every family.
Gene and Judy opened Rush Grocery in 1993 and became a vital part of the West Greene landscape and welcomed the sense of community that followed and still exists today. With all their “spare time,” Gene could serve as Secretary of the West Greene Lions Club, a member of the American Legion, Waynesburg VFW, Board of Trustees at Rogersville Methodist Church, Board of Directors of the former Greene County Memorial Hospital, Board of Directors for Community Foundation of Greene County and other civic groups.
Gene and Judy have given a lifetime of service to others in both commitment and deed – offering help to strangers, neighbors, and friends, anonymously, without being asked, without thinking twice. These are two individuals who, despite their business responsibilities, will reschedule their day to give rides to the doctor, pick up and deliver mail, serve dinners at firehalls and make every person they speak to feel like they are truly valued.
What makes this couple impressive is not simply the financial support or donations; it’s the idea that a person serves simply because they have the ability – a person should give just because they have the means. It is this reputation that precedes Gene and Judy, and it is that legacy they leave for their children, grandchildren and the people they have served.