A short Biography on Haywood Parrish
After graduating from Wendell Phillips High School, he attended Harold Washington College before heading down to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. While attending Southern Illinois University, Haywood pledged Kappa Alpha Psi in 1974. There were seven brothers on his line and he crossed over as First Mate, which is second to the Captain. He was proud and dedicated member throughout his lifetime. He was a member of Evergreen Park Alumni Chapter.
Haywood worked for Illinois Bell, currently AT&T for over 30 years. During his working years, he also developed a craft and skill for remodeling homes and interior design. He took pride in his work and was often very excited to show off his latest creative idea. You could see his creativity come to life in his own home. He used that skill to become an independent contractor where he remodeled homes as a secondary profession.
Outside of family, Haywood lived for the game of golf. He retired early so he could enjoy life on the golf course. He was involved in multiple golf groups where he spent the majority of the week improving his game, and as he would say “beating his competition.” He had a love for traveling and during his travels he made sure to visit as many courses as he could. One of his favorite golf courses was Pebble Beach Golf Course in Pebble Beach, CA. He wasn’t able to visit Pebble Beach while he was here on earth, but we are sure this was one of the first places he visited when he gained his wings.
Haywood was loved throughout his community, and often brought smiles and a sense of calmness to anyone in his presence. Whether it was a block party, a grandkid’s sporting event, or an evening gathered at home, he was sure to engage in meaningful conversation and usually left you pondering for days. He definitely took pride in his ability to influence others to think differently.
After a brief battle with gall bladder cancer, his final peace came on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at his home in Libertyville, IL surrounded by family and friends.
Dear Potential Sponsor:
The Robert L. Braswell Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) corporation, in conjunction with the Evergreen Park Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc on 12/08/2015. Our mission is to bring systemic changes to improve the outcomes and lives of the young and underserved, particularly in Chicago and its southern suburbs using community service programs such as, food distribution, domestic violence awareness training, financial literacy, mentoring as well as college scholarships to deserving high school students.
Jointly, we are planning The Annual Haywood Parrish Golf Scramble at Village Greens of Woodridge, 1575 West 75th Street, Woodridge, Illinois on Saturday July 29th, 2023. Last year’s inaugural event was a great success. In 2022, we were able to award $5000 in scholarships to college bound students. THANK YOU! We are excited about this year’s event and would love to have you join us. Come out, network, see old and make new friends!
This event is being held in honor of our dearly departed fraternity brother Haywood Parrish. He died of Pancreatic Cancer on March 18th of 2018. Pancreatic Cancer begins when abnormal cells in the pancreas, a gland located deep in the abdomen, grow and divide out of control and form a malignant tumor. Cancer can and often does spread to other tissues and organs (i.e. liver, abdominal walls, bones and/or lymph nodes). The American Cancer Society estimates that about 64,050 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2023. Approximately 50,550 of those will die from the disease. In Haywood’s memory, a portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Pancreatic Cancer research.
Please join us in sponsoring the Haywood Parish Golf Scramble. We have many sponsorship levels available (please see attached document). Please respond no later than July 1stth, 2023.
Thanks for your consideration.
Robert L. Braswell Foundation
Golf Outing Chairman
Evergreen Park Alumni Chapter
Corporate Sponsorships are welcomed as listed below
$1250.00 Diamond Level Hole Sponsorship (includes an exclusive Large Sign on an Exclusive hole at the golf Course, a prepaid foursome & Dinner afterwards)
$750.00 Krimson Level Hole Sponsorship (includes a Regular sign on Hole on the course, a prepaid foursome & Dinner afterwards)
$500.00 Kream Level Hole Sponsorship (includes Regular sign on a Hole on the course & 1 Prepaid greens fee & Dinner afterwards)
$250.00 Founders Level Sponsorship (Exclusive Signage in Driving Range and the Putting Greens Area)
$100.00 Chapter Level Hole Sponsorship (includes a Regular sign on a Hole on the course)
***Make Checks payable to: Robert L. Braswell Foundation
Checks can be mailed to:
Robert L. Braswell Foundation
9449 S. Kedzie Suite #145
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Any questions please call (872) 256-1911