Mayberry says goodbye to beloved barber


By Terri Flagg - [email protected]



The crowd lining Main Street grew quiet Friday, observing a moment of silence as Russell Hiatt's funeral procession made its way through downtown on Friday. Hiatt, known as the real life Floyd the Barber from "The Andy Griffith Show," died Tuesday evening. "He was a special man," said Judy Mathis, who traveled with her husband Stu Mathis from the Lake Norman area to view the procession. Mathis recalled visiting Hiatt on their frequent visits to Mount Airy, and always making a picture with the beloved barber. "It's so sad we won't see him sitting in that chair anymore," said Liz Blevins, who works at Uncorked, a wine shop across the street from Floyd's. "We used to wave back and forth at each other," she said. "He was just part of our lives." "There was an outpouring of love for Russell on social media," said Lizzie Morrison, downtown coordinator, who had posted a flyer announcing the procession on Facebook. As of Friday afternoon, the post had reached 60,923 people, been shared nearly 1,100 times, received 642 reactions and many comments and condolences, Morrison said. "He was obviously loved by so many."


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Glenda and James Phillips, of Mount Airy, and John Goins, of Pilot Mountain, waited on Main Street on Friday to honor Russell "Floyd" Hiatt and view his funeral procession as it passed through downtown.


Terri Flagg | The News

A crowd made up of local residents, neighboring business owners and visitors from out-of-town — even out-of-state — lined Main Street on Friday to view the funeral procession of Russell Hiatt, known as the beloved real life Floyd the Barber from "The Andy Griffith Show."


Terri Flagg | The News

A crowd made up of local residents, neighboring business owners and visitors from out-of-town — even out-of-state — lined Main Street on Friday to view the funeral procession of Russell Hiatt, who was known as the real life Floyd the Barber from The Andy Griffith Show.


Terri Flagg | The News

Flyers on the store front of Floyd's City Barber Shop announce the death and funeral arrangements of Russell Hiatt, who was known as the real life Floyd the Barber from "The Andy Griffith Show.


Terri Flagg | The News

The crowd lining Main Street grew quiet Friday, observing a moment of silence as Russell Hiatt’s funeral procession made its way through downtown on Friday. Hiatt, known as the real life Floyd the Barber from “The Andy Griffith Show,” died Tuesday evening.

“He was a special man,” said Judy Mathis, who traveled with her husband Stu Mathis from the Lake Norman area to view the procession. Mathis recalled visiting Hiatt on their frequent visits to Mount Airy, and always making a picture with the beloved barber.

“It’s so sad we won’t see him sitting in that chair anymore,” said Liz Blevins, who works at Uncorked, a wine shop across the street from Floyd’s. “We used to wave back and forth at each other,” she said. “He was just part of our lives.”

“There was an outpouring of love for Russell on social media,” said Lizzie Morrison, downtown coordinator, who had posted a flyer announcing the procession on Facebook. As of Friday afternoon, the post had reached 60,923 people, been shared nearly 1,100 times, received 642 reactions and many comments and condolences, Morrison said. “He was obviously loved by so many.”

The crowd lining Main Street grew quiet Friday, observing a moment of silence as Russell Hiatt’s funeral procession made its way through downtown on Friday. Hiatt, known as the real life Floyd the Barber from "The Andy Griffith Show," died Tuesday evening.

"He was a special man," said Judy Mathis, who traveled with her husband Stu Mathis from the Lake Norman area to view the procession. Mathis recalled visiting Hiatt on their frequent visits to Mount Airy, and always making a picture with the beloved barber.

"It’s so sad we won’t see him sitting in that chair anymore," said Liz Blevins, who works at Uncorked, a wine shop across the street from Floyd’s. "We used to wave back and forth at each other," she said. "He was just part of our lives."

"There was an outpouring of love for Russell on social media," said Lizzie Morrison, downtown coordinator, who had posted a flyer announcing the procession on Facebook. As of Friday afternoon, the post had reached 60,923 people, been shared nearly 1,100 times, received 642 reactions and many comments and condolences, Morrison said. "He was obviously loved by so many."

http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_160506_HiattFuneralPro-R1.jpgThe crowd lining Main Street grew quiet Friday, observing a moment of silence as Russell Hiatt’s funeral procession made its way through downtown on Friday. Hiatt, known as the real life Floyd the Barber from "The Andy Griffith Show," died Tuesday evening.

"He was a special man," said Judy Mathis, who traveled with her husband Stu Mathis from the Lake Norman area to view the procession. Mathis recalled visiting Hiatt on their frequent visits to Mount Airy, and always making a picture with the beloved barber.

"It’s so sad we won’t see him sitting in that chair anymore," said Liz Blevins, who works at Uncorked, a wine shop across the street from Floyd’s. "We used to wave back and forth at each other," she said. "He was just part of our lives."

"There was an outpouring of love for Russell on social media," said Lizzie Morrison, downtown coordinator, who had posted a flyer announcing the procession on Facebook. As of Friday afternoon, the post had reached 60,923 people, been shared nearly 1,100 times, received 642 reactions and many comments and condolences, Morrison said. "He was obviously loved by so many."
Terri Flagg | The News

Glenda and James Phillips, of Mount Airy, and John Goins, of Pilot Mountain, waited on Main Street on Friday to honor Russell "Floyd" Hiatt and view his funeral procession as it passed through downtown.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_160506_HiattFuneralPro-R2.jpgGlenda and James Phillips, of Mount Airy, and John Goins, of Pilot Mountain, waited on Main Street on Friday to honor Russell "Floyd" Hiatt and view his funeral procession as it passed through downtown. Terri Flagg | The News

A crowd made up of local residents, neighboring business owners and visitors from out-of-town — even out-of-state — lined Main Street on Friday to view the funeral procession of Russell Hiatt, known as the beloved real life Floyd the Barber from "The Andy Griffith Show."
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_160506_HiattFuneralPro-R3.jpgA crowd made up of local residents, neighboring business owners and visitors from out-of-town — even out-of-state — lined Main Street on Friday to view the funeral procession of Russell Hiatt, known as the beloved real life Floyd the Barber from "The Andy Griffith Show." Terri Flagg | The News

A crowd made up of local residents, neighboring business owners and visitors from out-of-town — even out-of-state — lined Main Street on Friday to view the funeral procession of Russell Hiatt, who was known as the real life Floyd the Barber from The Andy Griffith Show.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_160506_HiattFuneralPro-R4.jpgA crowd made up of local residents, neighboring business owners and visitors from out-of-town — even out-of-state — lined Main Street on Friday to view the funeral procession of Russell Hiatt, who was known as the real life Floyd the Barber from The Andy Griffith Show. Terri Flagg | The News

Flyers on the store front of Floyd’s City Barber Shop announce the death and funeral arrangements of Russell Hiatt, who was known as the real life Floyd the Barber from "The Andy Griffith Show.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_160506_HiattFuneralPro-R6.jpgFlyers on the store front of Floyd’s City Barber Shop announce the death and funeral arrangements of Russell Hiatt, who was known as the real life Floyd the Barber from "The Andy Griffith Show. Terri Flagg | The News

By Terri Flagg

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