By Ken McLemore/HPS Communications Director

A long-time bus driver for the Hope Public Schools left a legacy of service that will be remembered, the head of the district’s transportation corps said.

Rusty Carroll Aaron, 54, of Hope, passed away April 1 in Texarkana, Texas, after a quarter-century of service to the district.

“Rusty was big-hearted,” Steve Bradshaw, district director of transportation services, said. “He drove a bus for the district for 25 years; was dedicated to his job, hard-working, and down-to-earth.”

Aaron, a native of Hope, born December 6, 1962, was recalled as a man dedicated to service.
“He liked to help people,” Bradshaw said. “And, he worked well with the kids on his bus route.”
Aaron was noted among coworkers as a “steady” influence who seldom missed his daily route schedule.

“You could depend on him; he rarely was absent,” Bradshaw said.

He recalled an anecdote that seemed to define Aaron among his fellow bus drivers.

“When he first started driving, we stored all of the buses over at the old Edith Brown campus,” Bradshaw said. “Rusty lived over there at the time; and, when it was cold weather, he would always get out early and start up his bus and warm it up. Then, he would start and warm up the buses for the other drivers. That’s just the way he was.”

Services for Aaron were conducted Wednesday, April 5, at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home in Hope, with burial in Shover Springs Cemetery under the direction of Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Okla.,73123.

Aaron is survived by his mother, Chris Aaron, of Malvern; a brother, Randy Aaron (Millie), of Malvern; a sister, Rennee Philpot (Gary), of Siloam Springs; special friends, Tabatha McKamie and her children and Ashlie McKamie, of Hope; five nephews, Zachary and Hunter Philpot, of Siloam Springs, Lucas, Chad and Walker Aaron, of Malvern; and, numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

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