Raymond Long was more than just a barber to many Yazooans.
Conversations with customers while they sat in his chair developed into lifelong friendships. Many of his customers came for the conversations as much as the haircuts.
Many Yazooans are mourning the loss of Mr. Long after he died Saturday at age 78.
“He was one of Yazoo’s finest,” said fellow Yazoo businessman Max Sanders. “A true legend.”
Long established his barber shop in Yazoo City in the 1960s after graduating from Jackson Barber College as a master barber. He was voted Yazoo’s Best Barber by readers of The Yazoo Herald many times over the years.
While he was best known for his work as a barber, Long was often seen around Yazoo with his classic cars, which he always included in the Jerry Clower Festival car show, and working on his family farm in the Fletcher’s Chapel community.
Funeral services were Monday at the Stricklin King Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Long is survived by his wife, Carolyn Long of Yazoo City; son, Scott Long (Jena) of Yazoo City, daughter, Diane Gordon (Thomas) of Yazoo City; two brothers, Hugh Long and Charles Long of Yazoo City.; and a grandchild, Colbi Long.