MARSHALL COUNTY, Miss. — A 77-year-old man is dead after a school bus with 12 students onboard crashed in Mississippi, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP).
The crash happened in Marshall County on Taska Road on Thursday, September 29 around 3:20 p.m., the MHP said.
Eddie Dixon, 77, of Holly Springs and a county supervisor in Marshall County, was driving the bus with a dozen children onboard when the school bus crashed with a 2006 Chevrolet 1500.
Those children were not injured, according to the highway patrol, but Dixon did suffer serious injuries and was rushed to Regional One Hospital in Memphis.
Dixon later died of injuries he received in that crash, MHP said.
He taught in Marshall County for 47 years before retiring but continued to drive the school bus.
“I just talked to him about how he wanted to retire and spend more time with his family, but he wanted to serve his community. He was just at a loss as to what to do next,” said long-time Dixon family friend Julie Hurdle.
Those who knew Dixon remembered his love for education and mentoring the children her served.
“Especially a lot of the kids who didn’t have father figures, they would say, ‘Hey, Pops. Hey, Dad.’ These were kids that didn’t have father figures in their home period,” said his daughter Wanda Dixon.
Upon hearing the news of his death, H.W. Byers canceled their homecoming parade in honor and remembrance of the long-time educator.
“He did a lot for the community. He had a good heart and would have helped anyone,” Wanda Dixon said.
Funeral arrangements for Dixon will be Monday, October 10 at the H.W. Byers school gymnasium, starting at noon. His body will lie in repose from 10:30 a.m. until 11:55 a.m.
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday, October 9 from 1-4 p.m. and at St. Joseph Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m.
The highway patrol is still investigating what led to this deadly crash.
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