AUGUSTA, Ga. - Walter Lamar Rush, formerly of Aiken, S.C., passed away at Beverly Manor on Sunday April 23. He was 83 years old. The son of the late Walter L. and Martha M. Rush of Aiken and Camden, S.C., Mr. Rush is survived by his daughter, Leslie Anne Mykitta and her husband, Richard S. Mykitta and their three children, Alan, Kyle and Amanda, all of New Castle, Colorado. A former news director for Radio Station WAKN in Aiken, S.C., he also served as editor of the Aiken County Independent following a number of years in charge of Information Services with Headquarters, Ninth Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base near Sumter, S.C. Rush studied journalism at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and his first newspaper job was with the Augusta Chronicle. In the 1960s, he published the monthly newsletter "Identity" and with his publication, worked with Alcoholics Anonymous groups in the South Carolina area. During this time, he also wrote, "On The Wagon," deadly serious, but oftentimes humorous column on rehabilitation for the South Carolina Methodist Advocate. Mr. Rush was a member of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church in Aiken for more than 40 years and at this time has been a member of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Augusta for several years. Lamar, as he is known by those he worked with, has requested that any gifts or memorials you may desire to give be directed to Saint John Towers, which he maintained as his home for the past 12 years. A memorial service will be announced later.
The Augusta Chronicle-April 25, 2006