Stanley Bush, of Mason, passed away on Sunday, February 26 at the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital in Brady, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Bush was 81 years old. He was born in Denton County to Fred & Willie Williams Bush on February 28, 1930. Stanley started out his horse career as a thoroughbred race horse jockey, riding at major race tracks all around the country. Then, several years later, his brother-in-law, Matlock Rose, introduced him to the cutting horse world. He excelled as one of the top cutting horse riders in the world with a career spanning five decades. He rode many horses to the top of the world standings during this time as well as being inducted into several Hall of Fames honoring his cutting horse riding. He had a deep love for his numerous friends in the horse world as well as the country music world.He was so appreciative to the kind nurses at the Brady Hospital that cared for him and to Dr. Jeff Mays who was there for him every day. Special thanks to Misty Criswell of Country Home Health for being here always. He was a true loving friend to all whose lives he touched and a dearest family member. Mr. Bush is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Wanda Harper Bush of Mason, daughter Shanna Bush, a brother Billy Charles Bush and wife Carol, brother-in-law A.C. Harper, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother Jimmy Bush and a sister Freddie Rose. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rusty Felts presiding. Burial will be in the Harper/Bush Family Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Tom Tofell, Cotton George, Charlie Bush, Louis Bush, Roy Carter, Bobby Mayes, Roy Beaver, and Ben Walker. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Charlie Graham, Dr. Harry Mayo, Earnest Cannon, Sonny Rice, Sonny Davenport, Bud Munroe, Rusty Allen, Ryan Bush, Brad Squires, Silas Brandenberger, Bill Broiller, and Dr. Merlin McAnelly. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome.net. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.