The motorcoach community is mourning the loss of three industry veterans: Gregory Page, Smedley Lynn and Marion Ann Kenney.
They are being remembered for their contributions to the motorcoach industry.
Smedley William Lynn
Smedley William Lynn, age 81 of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, and formerly of Hagerstown, Maryland, died Aug. 17, 2021, according to his obituary. An active member of the community and a charitable businessman, Lynn was the owner of the Burger Chef in Hagerstown from 1970-78 and was the owner of Atlantic Coast Charters for more than 25 years.
“Smedley Lynn represented Trailways on the charter bus negotiated rulemaking committee,” recalls Ken Presley, United Motorcoach Association’s Vice President of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs & Industry Relations. “Smedley was certainly a savvy businessman having built two very successful businesses.”
Marion Ann Kenney
Marion Ann Kenney, age 74, of Hiawassee, Georgia, died Aug. 7, 2021, according to her obituary. Kenney was a branch manager for Allen Insurance for many years. She was known for being a hard worker and generous to those in need.
“Marion recently retired from her long career as an insurance broker for motorcoach companies and served many years on the Georgia Motorcoach Operators Association Board of Directors,” Presley said.
She received an award for her board service from GMOA in 2014.
Gregory Caradine Page
Gregory Caradine Page passed away unexpectedly in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Aug. 20, 2021, while visiting his daughter, according to his obituary.
Page, of Corinth, Mississippi, was the founder of Corinth Charters and Tours. After retiring from teaching, he wanted to continue to serve as a mentor to young educators by guiding them as they traveled with their students. As a teacher and as a charter bus driver on weekends and summers for many years, Page had been an active participant in all aspects of group travel.
During his long and successful tenure as a band director, he received many accolades, including being named the Outstanding Educator of the Year and Outstanding Young Man of the Year, and was named Star Teacher on two occasions.
A second career
He launched Page Travel Service Inc. in 2001. Within six months, the company had expanded its services as Corinth Charters and Tours, a full-service charter bus company. He bought his first bus the next spring and began a 20-year career as owner and President of the travel company, which grew as he applied the same standards of excellence to his second career that he had required in his first. Corinth Charters and Tours is a recognized and respected name in the travel industry throughout the southeastern United States.
As the company grew to its current fleet of buses, Page became an active supporter of organizations representing the motorcoach industry, including the UMA and ABA. He served multiple terms on the boards of the Tennessee Motorcoach Association and the South Central Motorcoach Association. He was honored to be named Tennessee Motorcoach Association 2016 Operator of the Year.
“While Page devoted his life of service to two careers that spanned 55 years, his central devotion was always to his family, for whom he provided love and memories that add to his legacy of inspiration. To his friends across the country, he will always be remembered for his kind and respectful character,” according to his obituary.