The Rev. Aaron Robert "Pops" Moulden Sr., retired supervisor of bus transportation for Baltimore's public schools and an associate pastor at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, died Tuesday of cancer at Sinai Hospital. The Northwood resident was 80.
Mr. Moulden was born and raised in Baltimore. After leaving Douglass High School to help support his 17 siblings, he enlisted in the Army in 1946.
He served as a procurement specialist until being honorably discharged in 1948. He held various jobs until going to work as a school bus driver in 1966 for city public schools.
He rose through the ranks and was supervisor of bus transportation at the time of his retirement in 1996.
In addition to his transportation career, Mr. Moulden also worked in real estate sales and as an home improvement contractor.
"Education was important to him and his family," said son-in-law Bernard Little of Baltimore.
Mr. Moulden attended Cortez Peters Business School, Community College of Baltimore, Catonsville Community College, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
After graduating from the Baltimore School of the Bible in 1984, he was ordained a Baptist minister.
A member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Northwest Baltimore for nearly 40 years, he had served as associate pastor for the past 25 years.
"There were three things that Brother Moulden was passionate about: his family, church and community. He was a giver," the Rev. Restia G. Whitaker said yesterday.
Mr. Moulden's ministry at the church included overseeing the operation of its food pantry and soup kitchen.
"Feeding the needy and caring for families was what he wanted to do," Mr. Whitaker said.
"He made sure that the shelves were well-stocked, even if it meant reaching into his own pocket to purchase food," he said. "He made dispensing food and working in our outreach soup kitchen his personal mission."
In his final illness, Mr. Moulden's thoughts turned to the church food pantry and those it served.
"Even when he was sick, he was still asking about the food pantry, and he wanted to be reassured that it was well-stocked," Mr. Whitaker said. "Those folks it served were always on his mind."
He also praised Mr. Moulden's willingness to undertake any task.
"He lived and did what most people only talk about. When he gave his word, you knew it would be done, and I was assured he'd take care of whatever I asked him to do," Mr. Whitaker said.
The Rev. Wilbur Giles, pastor of Shepherd Heart Baptist Church on York Road, has been a close friend for 50 years.
"The man was a good man. He'd do anything for anybody. He wanted to make the world a better place," Mr. Giles said.
"He had a relationship with the Lord. Our friend is asleep now, but when he wakes, he'll be with the Lord in heaven, and I know he'll do what he can to help make it a better place," he said.
In the Northwood neighborhood where he had lived for many years, Mr. Moulden was known for his willingness to help out others.
"People were always coming to him for advice or asking if he could fix something," said a daughter, Karen Moulden-Little of Baltimore. "He ranged from fixing broken toilets to automobiles."
Mr. Moulden was an avid traveler and enjoyed coordinating his family's annual reunion.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at his church, 3459 Park Heights Ave.
Also surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Nora Irene Jones; a son, Dennis Moulden of Baltimore; four other daughters, Deborah Bunn of Crofton, Cheryl Beard of Joppa, Eileen Smith of Baltimore and Bettina Nickens of Pittsburgh; a brother, Kenneth Moulden of Baltimore; four sisters, Janice Norton of Glen Burnie, Myrna Smothers, Harriet Person and Marlene Taylor, all of Baltimore; 24 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Another son, Aaron R. Moulden Sr., died in 2001.