Haircuts and memories part of Newport barbershop

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

"I’m 99 years old. In two months I’ll be 100," said Kelley, a former sea captain. "Marty’s been my friend ever since I started coming here. He keeps me looking good for the ladies. I think he’s a wonderful man."

Shirley’s praise doesn’t stop there.

Randy Hill, of Greenville, had been waiting for his haircut for about half an hour but didn’t mind.

"It’s a wait every time you come in," Hill said. "I’ve been coming to Marty for 15 or 20 years. His dad cut it before when they were down at Bath. I lost him and found him down here and so I’ve been coming down ever since he’s been here. He’s a friend and he cuts a good head of hair."

Joe Buie, of Harkers Island, agreed.

"Well, I’ve had haircuts all over North Carolina and Marty does the best job of anybody I’ve had cut my hair, and besides that, my girlfriend loves it when he cuts it and she defies me to go anywhere else," Buie said.

Besides, if you’re going to have to wait a few minutes, you might as well have something to look at.

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