Calling it a career

‘Main Street barber’ set

to retire after 70 years

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter


In a recent conversation, the head of the state barber board told Don Gravely, “You’ve been at this a long time.”

That’s an understatement.

“I’ve been barbering 70 years all together,” Gravely said. “About all of it’s been

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Don Gravely points to a vintage price list that has been hanging in his barbershop on Main Street in Pickens for decades. Gravely will close his shop on Aug. 1.

where it is now.”

After more than half a century in business, Gravely is closing the doors on his barber shop at 203 E. Main Street in Pickens on Aug. 1.

He began working in that same location around age 14 or 15, shining shoes, the 87-yearold Gravely said.

“I was shine boy in the shop I ended up in,” he said.

After graduating from Pickens High School, Gravely went to the Greenville Barber College in 1947, then worked two years at the Ottaray Hotel

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