June 9, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 91 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
IN HONOR OF JAMES A. BUSSEY, SR.; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 91
(Extensions of Remarks - June 09, 2016)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E867-E868] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN HONOR OF JAMES A. BUSSEY, SR. ______ HON. SANFORD D. BISHOP, JR. of georgia in the house of representatives Thursday, June 9, 2016 Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate and celebrate his 90th birthday, a dear friend of longstanding to my wife, Vivian and me, Mr. James A. Bussey, Sr. A 90th birthday celebration was held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, Georgia. David Viscott once said that, ``The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The Work of life is to develop it. The Meaning of life is to give your gift away.'' Mr. James Bussey has given his life away in service to others and we are all better for it. James Andrew Bussey was born in Harris County, GA in 1926 and attended Spencer High School, where he graduated in 1944. Upon graduation, James was accepted into Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he remained for one year before marrying Ms. Marguerite Lindsey in 1947 and moved to Columbus, GA. Mr. Bussey is an industrious man who worked two jobs every week to support his [[Page E868]] family because he wanted to provide a better life for them. He constantly had to fight the scourge of racism and because of this, he left Columbus in 1957 to move to Washington, DC where he obtained employment at the Washington Hotel. But, the stench of racism was not far behind as Mr. Bussey discovered that his weekly paycheck was $20 less than that of his White counterparts. Left with a heavy heart, Bussey immediately returned to Columbus. Because of his grit, determination and unwavering faith in God, Mr. Bussey found employment as a mail handler with the United States Postal Service. He took pride in delivering the mail and especially enjoyed the East Highland route, which allowed him to visit his mother and grandmother, frequently. Becoming a Mail Handler allowed Mr. Bussey to connect with his community on a personal level and he was known to sing as he walked with joy along his daily route. In addition, he would support and assist community members with literacy troubles, and would read and respond to mail whenever asked. Mr. Bussey's dedication to his job as a Mail Handler and passion for members of his community granted him the recurring opportunity to drive the postal vehicle in the annual Christmas parade, in Columbus. Mr. Bussey retired from the United States Postal Service in 1976, and upon his retirement, returned to college with his undying resilience and dedication, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbus College in 1988. Mr. Bussey became a proud member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and to this day lives by their mission to promote brotherhood and service to all mankind. Furthermore, Mr. Bussey is a longtime active member of St. James AME Church where he is an officer, a member of the Sons of Allen, and a soloist with the choir. He has volunteered with the Columbus Ambassadors of the Columbus Visitors Bureau and has appeared on stage at the Liberty Theater as an adult performer in musical productions at the Three Arts and River Centers. Mr. Bussey continues to live a selfless and generous life, serving as a proud Christian, husband, father and friend and has been blessed with four children, James Jr., Janet, Margaret and Michael. I have known Mr. Bussey and the Bussey family for almost 50 years. He is one of the finest human beings that I have ever met in my lifetime. None of the success that he has obtained in life would have been possible without the love and support of his loving wife, Marguerite. He is an example of what Jesus meant when he said, ``He that is great among you shall be a servant and he that is greatest among you shall be a servant unto all.'' Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me and my wife, Vivian, along with the more than 730,000 constituents of the Second Congressional District in extending our best wishes to James A. Bussey, Sr. on his 90th birthday. As we celebrate another year of this outstanding citizen's life, we would do well to follow the example of his legacy of striving to improve the quality of life of others giving the gift of his extraordinary life away for the betterment of humanity. ____________________