Dr. Cecil Clyde Haywood age 90, of Monticello, Arkansas went to his heavenly home on October 27, 2018 while residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Cecil Haywood is survived by his brother U.S.A.F. Colonel Floyd H. Haywood Jr retired of Fairfax Station, VA; his daughter, Barbara Burry of New Town, ND; his son, Charles Haywood of Jenks, OK, and step-daughter, Agnes McKinney of Conway, AR. Cecil has six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Dr. Francess Annie Bates-McKinney-Haywood; his parents Floyd H. and Cora Shumate-Haywood; daughter Cynthia Haywood-Loy. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Ada Mae Haywood-Morgan and Margaret Haywood-Griffith; brothers, Ernest Haywood, Archie Haywood, Lee R. Haywood, Samuel Haywood, and Warren Haywood.
Cecil was born on July 9, 1928 near Charleston, Arkansas, the youngest of nine children of a sharecropping family. Cecil played football and graduated from Charleston High School. He served in the Army after World War II in Germany. He graduated college, and went on to obtain his Masters in school administration, and an Educational Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas.
Cecil married Etta Mae Brinkley-Haywood-Martin, and they had three children. He divorced, and later married Francess Annie McKinney in 1971. Cecil and Francess lived in Monticello, Arkansas, worked at the University, and worshipped at the First Baptist Church. Cecil retired in 1993 as the Dean of Education.
Cecil and Francess remained in Monticello after retiring. Cecil enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and his many visits from his children and their families. He authored two novels, and a book of poetry, and received honors as a national poet of merit.
A graveside service is scheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Mack’s Chapel Cemetery in Sulphur Rock, AR. Arrangements by Qualls Batesville Funeral Service of Batesville, AR
The family wishes everyone who would like to celebrate Cecil’s life to make a donation to the Doctor Cecil C. Haywood Scholarship fund at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.