Bedford school bus driver recognized for 55 years of dedicated service

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BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) It's lunchtime at Bedford Primary School and Sally Hensley is busy in the kitchen.

Sally Ann Sexton Hensley

"Gotta get it done!" Hensley shouted as a WDBJ7 camera followed her around Thursday.

Hensley works in the cafeteria. In the past she manned a cash register, but these days you'll find her collecting trays and washing dishes.

"I like working with this age group of children," Hensley said of the 5- to 7-year-old students she interacts with at the primary school. "It makes you feel young, too."

When the plates are finally clean, her workday is not over. In addition to her cafeteria work, Hensley drives a school bus.

"I used to admire the drivers when I rode the bus," Hensley said. "I thought if they can do that I can, too!"

She picks up students early in the morning and drops them off again in the afternoon.

"I enjoy it," Hensley said. "It gets hectic sometimes, but I like it."

Three days a week she works till 7, driving high schoolers home on an activity bus.

"Some days on the bus I feel like this is going to be it, but I always come back," Hensley said with a chuckle.

Hensley has been driving for Bedford County schools since 1961. She told WDBJ7 Thursday that she has no plans to retire.

By anyone's measurement she's earned the right to relax.

"As of (Friday) I will be 84 years old," Hensley said.

For her dedication as a bus driver, she was recently named to the Liberty High School sports hall of fame.

"I couldn't believe it," Hensley recalled of her award. "I don't think I deserve it anymore than anyone else does, but it is a great honor for me."

When you love what you do, Hensley says the job is its own reward.