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Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Thanks, Henry, for wonderful memories
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In May, Henry's Haircuts closed its doors. The Henry's sign was given to Deborah and Roy Thompson. - photo by Special to the Herald

In 1965, newlyweds Henry and Charlene Doyle traveled by Greyhound Bus from their hometown of Metter to Savannah so Henry could attend barber school.

Back then, Highway 80 took you through the middle of downtown and through Savannah Avenue which was and remains one of the prettiest streets in Statesboro. It was on these rides down through Savannah Avenue that they fell in love with Statesboro and began dreaming of living here.

Henry graduated from barber school and began his career in Metter before moving to Statesboro in 1966. They rented a mobile home in Johnson's Mobile Home Park. He joined Wood's Barber Shop, located near the Georgia Southern Post office, which at the time was in University Plaza.

A few years later, Henry and fellow barber Jerry Anderson opened their own barbershop in a rented storefront across the street near Dingus Magees. In 1982, Henry was cutting the hair of a local realtor and he told him that he had just listed the building across the street from what is now Dingus Magees.

Henry finished cutting the realtor's hair, closed the barbershop and went downtown with the realtor and purchased the building which we all know now as what was the location of Henry's Haircuts. For more than 30 years, Henry slowly built his barbershop into an icon in the community and on campus. In the height of his career, he employed 16 barbers and hair stylists.

Henry jokingly credits his brother Randy for helping him build his business. Randy was a great barber, but it was not really his passion. Henry kept hiring more barbers to "help" Randy out.

Everyone loved Henry. His barbershop became the gateway to Georgia Southern. It was the place I got my first haircut in Statesboro just like many of you reading this today. He is a kind guy who was good to everyone and loved his employees and clients. There is no question he loved what he did very much. Henry never accepted appointments, he always worked simply by walk-ins and he hated to see people wait.

"He knew folks were busy and they didn't have much time to wait for a haircut," said Charlene Doyle, who also worked with Henry for many years. "He kept hiring staff to ensure no one waited as the business grew. Henry could cut hair faster than anyone I knew."

Doyle worked daily in the business handling the books, schedules and other operational duties.

Not only was Henry a great barber, but he was also a great businessman. He enjoyed mentoring other barbers and stylists and helped many of them still working in the area get their start.

Henry took great pride in the fact that he cut every president of GSU's hair from the day he opened until he retired a few years ago. He had a great sense of the community and loved Georgia Southern. He loved to see others succeed and was recently recognized by the founders of Zaxby's as being their very first customer. Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley even remembered what he ordered.

After open heart surgery in 2005, Henry retired. The business continued to operate until a few months ago. They listed the building for sale earlier in the year, after Holmes Ramsey listed University Plaza. In May, Henry's closed for good. The Henry's sign was given to Deborah and Roy Thompson, who I am sure will do something magical with it on their farm.

Five of the stylists have moved to 2680 Northside Drive East and are calling their new location Hair Masters. They are located in the former office of veterinarians Dr. Billy Nessmith and Dr. Comer Duggan. The building was beautifully renovated.

The group of stylists include Andrea Burnside, Regina Graham, who worked for Henry for 20 years, Henry's nieces Laura Dickerson, Susan Dickerson and Karey Butler. Laura began apprenticing under Henry 26 years ago. Stylist Tina Brown moved to The Fringe Salon and Boutique on West Main Street.

"Many of our old clients have found their way to us at Hair Masters," Graham said. "We are continuing the business the way Henry taught us, including accepting walk-ins. We do also accept appointments and you will notice a few other improvements. Our goal is to serve our customers the same way they were accustomed to being served at Henry's, in a location that is easy to access. We have added Lex Ann Mclhany to our team giving us six stylists who are ready to keep you looking great."

We hate to see the legend of Henry's fading into the sunset, but it is comforting to know that the legacy of Henry's will live on through each of these talented stylists.

Please email DeWayne at dgrice@statesboroherald.com or give him a call at (912) 489-9499.

 

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