February 2, 2009
Winston-Salem Driver Campbell Dies; On the Job for 62 Years
Clark Campbell, 86, a bus driver in Winston-Salem, NC, for more than 62 years, died Dec. 30, 2008, following a lengthy illness.
Campbell began his career in 1944 with Safe Bus Company Inc., predecessor to the Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA), and drove for the last time in 2006.
As a gesture of respect, WSTA kept Campbell on the active driver list until his passing rather than retiring him.
WSTA honored Campbell in 2007 by naming its transportation center in his honor, at ceremonies attended by dignitaries including representatives of the Federal Transit Administration; North Carolina State Legislature; mayor and city council; Veolia Transportation, which provides transit services in Winston-Salem; Transport Workers Union; North Carolina DOT; and Forsyth County, NC.
Art Barnes, WSTA general manager for Veolia Transportation, said: “It is difficult to express in words what Mr. Campbell meant to the Winston-Salem Transit Authority. Needless to say, Mr. Campbell’s passing marks the end of an era at WSTA.”