McGinnis Family Honored for ‘Century’ of School Bus Service

By Ralphine Major

Big, yellow school buses are a common sight in our culture.  They can be seen almost daily on our city streets and rural roads when schools are in session.  On March 9, 2023, the Knox County School Board honored the McGinnis family for a “century” of service in school bus transportation for Knox County Schools.

“My grandfather, James A. McGinnis, started it all with his first school bus in the mid-1920s and that service to Knox County is continuing today,” Dr. Perry McGinnis said.

Focus readers may remember reading about Dr. McGinnis in earlier columns.  The Knox County native is retired from a long and distinguished career as Dean, University of Mississippi School of Dentistry.  After the death of James A., his son and Perry’s father—Joe McGinnis—took over the bus contract.  An upcoming column will share how the McGinnis family managed to keep those big, yellow school buses running for 100 years!  How amazing! Congratulations, McGinnis family, for your “century” of service!


Words of Faith selected by Dr. Perry McGinnis: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (KJV).