Nawlin running for mayor of Opp

Published 1:02 am Friday, April 29, 2016

Haywood F. Nawlin has announced his candidacy for mayor of Opp in this summer’s municipal elections.

“As a lifelong citizen of Opp, I want what is best for this great city,” he said. “ I want to put my experience to work to help Opp move forward.

Haywood Nawlin

Haywood Nawlin

“I am running for mayor based on my record of service for and with the people of the city of Opp.  With a desire to serve the people, I know that a city is measured by the quality of lives of the people who live there — people matter, public service matters.

“We are fortunate to live in a city full of wonderful people – caring and friendly, neighbors who are there for each other. In the past 62 years I have served the people of Opp in numerous ways and in my conversations and day-to-day dealings I know that to continue to grow and prosper it is important to work with the people.”

Nawlin is a native of Opp and an OHS grad. With his wife of 62 years, Frances Crosby Nawlin, he reared 10 children, four of whom live in Opp. The couple has 30 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren.

Nawlin began working in high school, and has worked at Opp Building and Supply, the Opp Cotton Mill, Jackson Appliance, Ellis Appliance, and Danley Furniture Company. He was a reserve officer with Opp Police Department and volunteered in Civil Air Patrol. He also owned and operated a television and appliance repair shop, and owned a construction business.

“I built, owned and operated the Frankburger in the building where Hooks BBQ is now,” he said. “I served as pastor/principal for Capitol Hill Baptist Church Christian School and continue to operate “WJIF”, 91.9 on your radio dial, playing exclusively southern gospel music 24/7.”

He helped organize Opp Rescue Squad in 1959, and volunteered for more than 40 years. In 1998, he started Opportunity EMS, Inc., with two ambulances, which has been in service for 19 years.

“I also own and operate Pro Auto Wrecker Service and Garage, with full garage service and three wreckers to service Opportunity EMS and the public,” he said.

Nawlins said if elected, he would seek public input in monthly meetings designed to keep the public informed.

“I want to help the local businesses grow and prosper and to assist in bringing new business to our city,” he said.

“I believe my lifetime of experience, my work ethics, my determination, and my faith in God and in the people of Opp is what counts. I have served or worked with your grandparents, your parents, and many of you as well as your children and I would like to work for you as your mayor.”