Mr. Bobby Charles Martin-Dekalb County
Mr. Charles Martin retired on June 30, 2015 after driving a school bus for 49 years. In making the nomination, Jimmy Sprague, Transportation Supervisor said Martin began his bus driver duties with the DeKalb County Board of Education in 1968 on a route that encompassed the Dry Creek area. During almost five decades as a school bus driver, Martin logged 1.6 million miles without having been involved in a single accident. In addition to his bus driver duties, Martin has been a minister for 30+ years. He began his affiliation with the United Methodist Church as a pastor in 1986 and has served many churches over the years. Martin was also manager of the Dowelltown/Liberty Water Department for more than 30 years. Martin is a US Army veteran and served for the Ground Observance Corps of the US Air Force during his teenage years. Martin has fond memories as a school bus driver and he made many lasting friendships. “Over the years of driving, Mr. Martin was proud that he treated all children equally and built many relationships with the children and their parents,” said Mr. Sprague. “He still has people who tell him they remember him as their bus driver and how they still love him for the kindness and consideration he showed them,” he added. Mr. Martin said he is honored to have been inducted into the Tennessee School Bus Driver Hall of Fame and is thankful to Sprague for nominating him. He and his wife Audrey reside in Liberty, TN. They have been married for 24 years.