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Busloads of memories

In Alabama, Mars Hill Bible School retires last school bus donated by supporters Charlie and Frances Morris.

FLORENCE, Ala. — Since 1947, big yellow school buses have transported children from various towns across northwest Alabama to Mars Hill Bible School, thanks to the generosity of Charlie and Frances Morris. 

Charlie Morris served on the school’s first board of directors.

Morris, owner and operator of an automobile business, saw the need to transport students from a wide area to get the school established.
He agreed to provide buses for the school, a practice he continued for 45 years.

“My husband and I benefited from that gift as we each rode on some of those buses throughout our elementary and high school days,” said Laurel Sewell, wife of Milton Sewell, chancellor of Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn.

The last bus provided by Morris, who died in 1998, was retired recently. A number of the Morrises’ descendants gathered at the school for pictures with the bus.

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