All posts tagged: bus driver

Mr. Henry

Since my story that ran in The Clarion-Ledger today was chopped for space, here is the full version. Blogs allow me as much space as I want: On cold mornings, Mr. Henry would come to work early and crank all the vehicles so they would be warm inside when the other bus drivers arrived. He kept a list of all the children on his bus route, recording their names addresses and birthdays so he and his wife could send them birthday cards and small surprises throughout the years. And when he battled cancer and underwent chemotherapy, Mr. Henry continued to ride the bus with “his children” on the days he felt well enough, even when another driver was behind the wheel. Henry Wiltcher, a man who told others his mission was to be of service to the world, did it by driving a bus. He passed away Thursday after spending more than a decade as a Rankin County School District driver, and he is being mourned by teachers, students and colleagues — many of whom …