Haircuts and memories part of Newport barbershop

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 09:13 PM.

"It still fits too," Shirley said in jest.

The 58-year-old Greenville native was drawn to Newport in 1996 by a local girl.

"This is my little Mayberry of the east," he said.

He’s right to say that, since over on the wall is a respectable collection of memorabilia from "The Andy Griffith Show," including posters, postcards, recordings from Griffith and Jim Neighbors, aka Gomer. There’s even an old 45 rpm single of Griffith’s famous routine "What It Was Was Football" and an autographed picture of the late film and television star.

"I loved Mayberry before and I didn’t have the whole collection, but I had most of it," he said. "So I started putting up Mayberry memorabilia and people would go to Mt Airy to visit and bring me something back so the collection has grown tenfold from when I started off."

The collection started with Shirley’s own stuff then others threw theirs in with it.

"Well, it’s just with my little personal collection, stuff that my wife wouldn’t let me have at home, so I found places to sit it around in here and people just started donating," Shirley said. "A lot of these older guys have things that their family don’t like or don’t want to deal with when something happens to them and they’re afraid that they will be thrown away or garage sold, so they bring it here and find it a home."

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