Hannah Tours Inc. remains a vital family business

 Hannah Tours is still transporting people to desirable locations, under the watch of Charlie, Linda and Dennis Hannah.
Staff Writer

Charlie and Earlene Hannah's son, James, was the first black drum major in the West Point High School Band and the band was always traveling to games on a bus.

Charlie Hannah had been a driver for Coca-Cola and an over-the-road truck driver with Robinson Truckline. He decided he would like to drive the band since he had a commercial drivers license. From that experience and the demise of the Trailways Buses, it gave him the idea to start his own bus company. The first African-American owned bus company in the area. Hannah Tours, Inc. was born.

"I've driven all over the United States and Canada," Charlie Hannah said. "It was always fun to take a bus load of people to Walt Disney World in Orlando. It gave me the opportunity to see a lot of the United States. But I always enjoyed taking people to Disney."

His daughter, Linda Hannah, has taken over a lot of the operation of the business.

"We filled a gap in the community," Linda Hannah said. "A lot of people couldn't afford to fly, didn't want to drive across country, so taking a bus was the perfect way to travel."

Linda Hannah said her father had been with the West Point Police Department for 20 years.

"He was one of the first African-American's in the West Point Police Department," Linda Hannah said. "We've always been so proud of him."

The late Earlene Hannah was the driving force behind "Ladies on the Move."

"My mother started the group 'Ladies on the Move," Linda Hannah said. "It allowed the members to travel and see the United States. The club actually still exists and I am a member."

Charlie Hannah began driving at age 15. He drove log trucks.

"My calling in life has been to drive," Charlie Hannah said. "I'm almost 92, so I don't drive buses anymore. At one time I had a fleet of six buses, four vans and three other passenger vehicles. I've driven everywhere in the Continental United States and into Canada."

Charlie Hannah has a spotless driving record and was never involved in a collision.

"Hannah Tours has only had one accident," Charlie Hannah said. "And it was with a bus. I wasn't driving. I've had a good track record for all these years."

Hannah Tours makes several trips a week to the Silver Star and Golden Moon Casinos in Choctaw County.

"I enjoy driving people to the casinos," Linda Hannah said. "While our riders are gambling, I like to go to the buffet. It’s an enjoyable time for everyone. And they can nap on the way back."
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