Arthur Lee Braswell-Haywood, born 1941 to the union of Edward and Bennie Mae Braswell in Chicago, IL passed away at the age of 76. Arthur is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Mary Bailey, his two children Tracey and Terre, his adopted daughter and grandchild Brittani, six grandchildren, his sister Shirley Hodges, his sisters-in-law Rose Simpson, Sandra Swans, and Claudette Smith, his brother in-law Russell Bailey, and a host of nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.
Arthur started his career in the United States Army in 1960, where he was station in Germany. During his time in the army, he attended the Berlin Free University for finance and was awarded the following decorations and citations: marksman (rifle), sharpshooter (M-14), Expert (Bayonet), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Expert Rifle M-14.
One of his most memorable experiences from this time was hearing John F. Kennedy speak to the troops at Berlin Free University.
After leaving the army, Arthur returned to Chicago where he worked for the Chicago Transit Authority and enrolled at La Salle Extension University for business. After graduating from La Salle he worked as a supervisor at Whirlpool and married Mary Joyce Baily in 1966. When Whirlpool began closing down operations in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 1988 the company presented an opportunity for their employees to go back to school. Arthur took up the challenge and enrolled at Lake Michigan College at 48 years old where he pursued an Associate’s degree in Psychology.
In 1993, he was one of three individuals across the United States to be diagnosed with a rare tumor of the spine and given 6 months to live. He was the only patient to survive.
After that he worked as a postal examiner, before he had his first heart attack in 1999, 30 minutes into recovery from a back surgery. Later, he worked as an investigator of food stamp fraud for the State of Michigan while attending Spring Arbor College where he attained his Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology where he graduated with honors and was inducted into the Psi Beta National Honor Society.
During this time health issues with Arthur’s heart worsened and he received a pacemaker followed a short time later by a heart transplant in 2003. Despite these setbacks he went on to secure a limited license through the State of Michigan for counseling and worked as a counselor in family court for the State of Michigan and for the Van Buren County School District.
Arthur also leaves close family friends John and Mabel Mayfield, Charles Peterson, and John Yong.
He leaves in passing his mother and father Bennie Mae Edward Brasswell, his grandparents Arthur and Dattie Haywood, his grandson Brit-ton Lee Haywood, his nephews Samuel Simpson, Lawrence Bailey, and Jason Hudson. His best friend and former best man Dave Burton Sr. His mother-in law Georgia Bailey and brothers in-law Alfred and Lloyd Bailey.
His funeral will take place at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home on Thursday March 8th, 2018. The viewing will be from 9-11 a.m. and the funeral will take place from 11-12pm. The Repass will be held at Unity Bible Baptist Church in Benton Harbor.