Greenwood community mourns loss of new high school principal, son


The small town of Greenwood was rocked on Friday morning by the loss of two beloved members of the community.

Aaron Gamble, 42, and his son Landry, 15, were killed in a car crash involving two vehicles on Friday near Cameron, Oklahoma.

Aaron, originally from Greenwood, was recently promoted to a high school principal and had been in the district for 21 years.

“Gamble was Greenwood,” said Suzanne Wilson, assistant superintendent of the Greenwood School District. “He was the perfect embodiment of what we would expect when someone wears this ‘G’.”

Aaron went to district school and was a bit of a football legend, Wilson said. He went from center to quarterback in high school and helped lead the team to one of their greatest seasons at the time. He was also the voice of Smith Robinson Stadium on Friday night.

Aaron’s dedication to the school didn’t end there, and he returned to the district to teach math after graduating from Arkansas Tech University, Wilson said.

Aaron’s new job as a high school principal was his dream job, said Cody Chatman, assistant superintendent of secondary education for the Greenwood School District.

He was more than just an administrator, however, Chatman said.

“He was a shining example of what a husband, father and leader should be every day,” Chatman said.

He was a family man, said Ronnie Deal, senior pastor at Greenwood First Baptist Church, where Aaron and his family attend church.

He married the love of his life, Tara, in 1999 and they had two children together, their daughter Dacie and their son Landry.

“Aaron loved his family, it was his priority,” Deal said. “To be a husband and a father.”

His commitment to service was something he shared with his children, Deal said. He often took Landry with him to help him set things up before services began.

Landry loved children and worked with them in church, Deal said.

Aaron and Landry were on their way to Dallas for a father-son trip to the Rangers game at the time of the crash, Deal said.

“I think anyone who knew him would talk about his love for his family, his love for Greenwood and his love for God,” Deal said.

Landry was following in his father’s footsteps, Wilson said. He was the kind of kid everyone knew, even if they didn’t know him directly.

“He was one of those kids who loved everyone, and everyone loved him,” Wilson said.

Landry was active in school, like his father, Wilson said. He was the manager of the basketball team and was part of the golf team. He was also a youth leader in his church.

“Aaron and Landry both lit up the room,” Wilson said.


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