Episode 25: The Living Funeral of Felix Bush

In June of 1938, a Tennessee hermit threw himself a funeral party. The “living” funeral made Felix Bush famous. But why had Felix lived as a hermit for decades? And why did he decide to throw himself a funeral and invite all of Roane County, Tennessee?

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Episode Sources
The Real Story Behind the Movie “Get Low” Gail Rubin. 5 August 2010
E.R. Brown sang at a live man’s funeral. Times Free Press. 8 October 2010
Thousands Attended Uncle Bush’s Funeral – Even Uncle Bush. BC Yesteryear
Uncle Bush Breazeale Funeral. Oliver Springs, Tennessee Blog. 17 November 2017
On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand. Clan Breazeale

Music Credits
Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

“Passing Time”, “Almost in F Tranquility”, “Ever Mindful”, “Dreams Become Real” by Kevin MacLeod; “I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” by Chris Zabriskie Licensed Under Creative Commons; “Hold to God’s Unchanging Hands” by Hosea Hudson at Appalachian South Folklife Festival in Pipestem, West Virginia on July 20th 1979; “Where We’ll Never Grow Old” by The Lower Lights. Buy the song here. Learn more the band at thelowerlights.com

Categories: history, legends, Tennessee

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