Alvin V. Busby III

alvin busby

April 12, 2023

Born in: Tiptonville, TN
Resided in: Greenville, IL

Alvin V. Busby III, 72, of Greenville, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.

Alvin was born July 28, 1950, in Tiptonville, TN, the son of Alvin and LaVerne Busby Jr.  He married Marsha Glyn Skinner on February 20, 1971, at the Second Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas.  They have enjoyed over 52 years of marriage.

Alvin graduated from East St. Louis High School with the Class of 1968 and went on to proudly serve our country in the United States Air Force.  Upon his honorable discharge he went to work for Conrail in Collinsville, IL.  He then went on to become a Data Processor at Scott AFB.  Alvin completed his career as a Veteran’s Representative for the State of Illinois.

In retirement, Alvin enjoyed cross stitch and was extremely proud of his intricate pieces. He loved to fish with his best friend, Max, and just about any other activity he could rope someone into doing with him, including model trains, playing video games, watching old movies, cheating at board games, cooking, golfing and generally trying to make as many people laugh, or at least groan and roll their eyes, as he possibly could.

Baseball was a passion for him, especially his beloved St. Louis Cardinals. His love of the game and the team fostered the same feelings in his sons, and they often enjoyed watching games together and through heated debate concluded they clearly would have been much better than the Cardinal’s actual management.

Alvin valued family above all else.  Appropriately, at the end, he was surrounded by his loving wife, Marsha, and his sons, Josh, Jake, and Jared in the flesh. In spirit, he was enveloped by an endless web of family, that he never let drift away, and friends that he made into family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Alvin is survived by his wife, Marsha Busby of Greenville; children, Joshua (Wendy) Busby of Yuma, AZ, Jacob (Jennifer Dupuy) Busby of Livingston, TX, and Jared (Kelsey) Busby of Greenville, IL; grandchildren, Cameron Johnson, Andrew Busby, Aaron Busby, Eleanor Busby and Jonas Busby; siblings, Harold (Judy) Busby of Clinton, IL, Michael (Jill) Busby of Gillespie, IL and Patty (Steve) Knight of West Point, IA; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at the Greenville Free Methodist Church, 1367 IL-140, Greenville, IL 62246.

The funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2023, at the Greenville Free Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Groves officiating.

Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Sorento, following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306 or Greenville Free Methodist Church, 1367 IL-140, Greenville, IL 62246.

The family has entrusted Assalley-Young Funeral Home in Greenville with the ceremonies.

Please visit to share memories of Alvin, or to offer condolences to his family.


Visitation: April 20, 2023 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Greenville Free Methodist Church
1367 IL - 140
Greenville, IL 62246

Funeral Service: April 21, 2023 11:00 am

Greenville Free Methodist Church
1367 IL - 140
Greenville, IL 62246

Burial: April 21, 2023 12:30 pm

Sunnyside Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Sorento, IL 62086

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Alvin V. Busby 's name.

Greenville Free Methodist Church

1367 IL - 140
Greenville, IL

Tunnel to Towers Foundation

2361 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY

Memories Timeline


  1. Light a CandleMy condolences to the whole Family’s. Marsha so,so, for your loss. I feel your pain. God be you n each of the boys and Family’s. God Bless. Mary Shields. Use to be Blasingim.

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Alvin‘s family and loved one. I wish I could be with you. I love you all.

  3. My condolence and Prayers for all his family and friends.I pray God give unto each one Comfort and Peace as only He can do. He was a Wonderful person and I know he will be missed by all
    Much Love and Well Wishes to all. GOD BLESS….

  4. Patty and family,
    Thinking of you! Keep those memories and each other close.
    Cari (Chappel) Outman

  5. Light a CandleSo very sorry for your loss, prayers for his wife, sons and all his family during this most difficult time.

    Being a graduate of the class of 68, with memories especially of my senior year . I have such fond memories of Alvin, of our senior prom going with him. Then another highlight was being in my first car accident where we hit a tree, I think just jumped out in front of us while laughing about something crazy I’m sure. Lol.

    He will be missed by all who new him.
    Karen ( Stephan ) Holdman

  6. Sincere condolences to Alvin’s family. He was a great friend in High School and I am sure he will be a special angel to his family.

  7. Light a CandleMay light perpetual shine upon Alvin, a beloved child of the divine.

    Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding, deal graciously with Alvin’s family in their grief. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness and strength to meet the days to come. May they know your sustaining love as they mourn the loss of their loved one whose life helped bring your love and care into the world; for Your tender mercies’ sake. AMEN

  8. Marsha, I don’t really know you, but you know many of my relatives—Blackburns and Schnecks. It was rather ironic that I had spoken to your husband a few weeks ago. It must have been at a ball game. He looked so much like my cousin’s husband that I asked his name. You have now joined the sisterhood of women who have lost their husbands. I am so sorry. It has been 6 1/2 years for me. Since then I have tried to help others coping with loss. There is life after loss, just a different kind. Family and friends help you to go on. I have been working with several widows this winter, one from your church. God bless as you navigate this year ahead. Life won’t be the same, but it can still be good.

  9. Mr. and Mrs. Busby were like second parents to me. Mr. Busby was a tremendous father figure in my life, and taught me so much about respect for others and how a man should be. He had such a huge impact on me, and probably all of his children’s friends. It’s been years since we last spoke, but even then he told me there would always be a place with them whenever I visited Greenville. He was a great man with an amazing family and will be greatly missed.

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