James was born November 24, 1936 in Hopkinsville, KY to Virginia Tinsley-Rice and Ryan Cruite.
James moved to Indianapolis at an early age, where he attended IPS and later Crispus Attucks High School. After high school James became a Truck Driver for various companies.
James was preceded in death gby his mother, Virginia Tinsley-Rice; father, Ryan Cruite; five brothers, Will H. Bush, Eddie L. McGee, Douglas Bush, Herbert Bush and Charles W. Rogers; two sisters, Margarette Taylor and Dorothea M. Bush. He leaves to cherish his memory, Doris A. Bush, ex-wife and his significant other Dorothy Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and loving friends.