Arther is a product of a small town of Soperton Georgia where he grew up on a farm surrounded by a large immediate, and extended family of cousins, uncles, aunts. Growing up Arther was active in every aspect of farming, and even learned to drive tractors at 9 years old. He, his siblings, and cousins participated in farming activities in school through 4-H. He and his brother helped his dad raise hogs, which enabled him and all his young cousins to participate the 4-H sponsored Hog Shows every year. That life gave him an appreciation of hard work, responsibility, as well as the understanding that relationships make the difference, and the relationships you grow are very critical in our life’s path.
Arther earned a football scholarship for South Carolina State University, where he also earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Professional football opened a path right out of college, and he experienced the ultimate achievement Pro football during his first year, as he was part the first Super Bowl Championship with the New England Patriots. After a two-and-a-half-year NFL career stint with the New England Patriots and Denver Bronco’s, and brief stints as a teacher in an inner-city High School, as well as at a Youth Detention Center, Arther shifted gears towards a more lasting career in engineering. Arther earned a Master’s in Transportation Planning and Management, which opened his eyes to rail transportation. He became Engineering manager for CSX Railroad Transportation Inc., where he managed area subdivisions in Georgia and Virginia over a 10-year span.
Arther has worn many hats as a Pro Athlete, High School teacher, Engineering professional, Youth Sports coach, business entrepreneur, but the most important to him is the lives he most closely influences. With a passion for helping youth, the community, and instilling values in young adults, Arther joins the Greening Youth team. He hopes to help change life trajectories, when the outlook may seem dim, and help young people become successful champions of their own lives.