Editors note: This story has been updated with the correct spelling of the barber's name.
He cut his last head of hair on Friday. After 63 years, Charles “Bud” Newman turned off the barber pole and set the clippers down to retire from the barber's chair in Sherman.
“It was time,” said the 89-year-old Newman. “I can't get around as well as I used to; it just felt right.”
Newman opened “Bud's Barber Shop” in a space inside his brother-in-law's pawn shop on Cleveland Street in 1956. He and another barber rented the space in the back of the building.
Newman had one chair.
“It wasn't much, but it was mine,” recalled Newman. “We had some good times there.”
Later, Newman moved to his own shop on College Street adjacent to Austin College.
“I cut a lot of professors' hair for many years; and so many college students,” said Newman. “And even Moseley's, too (former AC professor and president).”
Newman added that he cut hair for “working people, preachers, city council members and maybe even a mayor or two.”
“And all the coaches in town,” he smiled. “I loved working for everyone.”
With over 63 years of service to the community, Newman has cut hair for three generations at least.
“I had the grandfather, son and grandson coming in at times,” he noted. “I loved it.”
His memory might not be as strong as it once was, but Newman thinks he has been in his current location about 30 years on Willow Street across from the former fire station and former Key Memorial United Methodist Church. It had two barber chairs for customers, but Bud only ever used one — the one closest to the door. He built his legacy around that chair along with all the utensils of the profession.
“Since my wife died about 20 years ago, I went to half days,” Newman said. “I was there most mornings at 6 a.m. and stayed 'til about noon.”
According to Newman, he also had a location at the former Perrin Air Force Base for a short time.
“I enjoyed all the people; I've enjoyed being part of this community,” said Newman. “Sometimes it was a grind, but the people made it worth it. I'm going to miss them the most.”
The decades old orange Volkswagen Beetle won't be parked next to the building any longer, but the stenciled on barber pole and the name Bud's will still be on the window welcoming customers as a new barber will continue the work Neumann started more than three score years ago.
“I got to cut a little hair along the way; and do a little work,” he mused. “I hate to, but it's time to retire. I have had a good career in the barber business. I'm ready. But I'm going to miss all of y'all.”