Longtime bus driver David Wright who worked for Wilson County school was laid to rest Sunday, Aug. 18, in a school bus themed casket.

Wright, who the school district calls “legendary bus driver,” died on Aug. 13 at the age of 76. He dedicated more than 50 years of his life serving the Wilson County school system, and almost everyone in Lebanon, Tennessee, knew and respected him.

“Mr. Wright was a selfless leader his entire life by being the example we should all strive to be,” the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said. “He never wanted or asked for anything in return for his service to the community which made him a special servant.”

Wright’s funeral was held at the local Lebanon High School on Sunday. He was later buried in a custom, yellow school bus casket.

Wright retired last year. Several weeks prior to his death, he was honored for his service to Wilson County Schools. The school board announced that the transportation department would be named in his honor.

He was named State Bus Driver of the Year in 2017, the same year he was inducted into the Tennessee School Bus Driver Hall of Fame.

Wilson County Schools representative called Wright, “an incredible man with so many amazing stories to his credit.”

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