LAWTON, Okla._A Lawton councilman passed away Tuesday evening.
Stanley Haywood, Ward 7 councilman, passed away right around the time the Tuesday night City Council meeting ended after a long fight with an illness.
Haywood moved to Lawton in 1948 and held a number of positions within Lawton Public Schools since 1971, including assistant principal and school counselor. Improving infrastructure within the city was always Haywood's top priority.
"He was a good friend and colleague and will be greatly missed," said Keith Jackson, Ward 2 councilman.
The City of Lawton released the following statement:
"It's with sadness that we bid farewell to a dedicated councilman and community Leader. Councilman Stanley Haywood passed away September 8, 2015.
Mr. Haywood has served as councilman for Ward 7 since his election to office on July 14, 1998. During his service to this ward, Councilman Haywood was responsible for many projects and improvements. Each one was to improve Ward 7 and increase the quality of life for its citizens while supporting the pride in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Lawton as well as worked to unify the newer constructed neighborhoods under his oversight.
While making the most of the money that was designated for Ward 7, Mr. Haywood prioritized street repairs, feeling that working from the ground up was the best way to make a great first impression. His projects included multiple residential street improvement projects and to work to establish a new fire station for the safety of the citizens in his ward. Driving down Jesse L. Davenport, Dr. Charles W Whitlow, or N.H. Jones shows the successful endeavors he made to rename several streets to honor the leaders that worked beside him in unifying the citizens of Lawton regardless of race, religion, or political views.
During City Council meetings, Councilman Haywood was quick to recognize citizens that were in attendance that had worked hard to be successful in life. He was always proud of the young people that were making a difference in the community, often regaling stories of how they were students in a school he taught or counseled in, or how he knew the young man/woman's father, mother or grandmother, speaking of those times with fondness.