Legendary bus driver Clara Leonard turns in her keys after 34 years of service

You will be hard pressed to find another person who is loved and respected as much as her.  Now Mrs. Clara Leonard will be missed just as much. That is because after 34 years of service, this legendary bus driver at Quitman High School has turned in her keys one final time. Mr. Billy Cothran will be taking over in January.

Over the years Mrs. Leonard has driven tens of thousands of miles picking up and bringing home students safely to and from school, as well as, taking school groups and sports teams to various locations across the state.

“I tried to talk her out of it but she wants to spend time with her great grandchildren and she definitely deserves that opportunity,” said QHS Principal Billy Carter. “We have truly been blessed to have Mrs. Clara the last 34 years as she has been a tremendous asset to our community. She is such a loving person that is so caring for our kids. She will be truly missed.”

The announcement that was posted on the Quitman High School facebook page drew a tremendous response of gratitude from the many who she touched through her peaceful and loving demeanor. Here are just a few…..

Vickie A. Tilley – We Love Mrs. Leonard!

Kelly Williams – Congratulations Mrs. Leonard!!! You finally did it!! Enjoy your time off!!

Bridgett Leonard-Robinson – Congratulations to the best bus driver EVER!!!

Sloan Smith Robinson – Best bust driver ever!

Permecia Wiley – Congratulation! I know you will be missed. You are INCREDIBLE. You definitely made sure we made tt and I am thankful forthat.  God Bless You and may you have a Happy Retirement!! LOVE YOU and THANK YOU!!!

Sherry Staggs Fairbanks – Thank you for serving our community and children for so many years !!!!

Kirsten Harvey Savage – Congrats Mrs Leonard!! Had so much fun riding ur bus!! Enjoy retirement!! 

Kristy Stephens Burton – Thank you for taking care of my boys!! Enjoy retirement!!

Morgan Buckelew – Congratulations! Well deserved! One of the sweetest ladies I encountered during my school days.

Victoria Williams – Will truly be missed!

Cheryl Love – Happy retirement! Gonna miss you!

Erik Hopkins – We gave her such a hard time and she was still so peaceful and loving. WE LOVE YOU AND FOREVER WILL!

Re Rita – We love Mrs. Leonard and appreciate all you did!

Katelyn Griswold – The best bus driver ever. Love her! She was mine from pre-k till I graduated.

Dusty Womack – Happy retirement!! Best bus driver ever!!



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