MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (WXII) — Russell Hiatt, the man behind one of the most known landmarks on Mount Airy’s Main Street, has died.
Hiatt died Tuesday evening following a stay in hospice care, according to a family source. He was 92.
For about seven decades, Hiatt trimmed up actors and athletes, musicians and politicians at Floyd’s Barber Shop. His most famous customer was Andy Griffith, whose television show inspired the barbershop’s name.
The barbershop, located next to Snappy Lunch, holds hundreds of photos and mementos from Hiatt’s long career.
“Dubbed ‘America’s Barber’ and a member of the National Barber Hall of Fame, Russell was a true friend to countless fans of Mayberry and was beloved by all who knew him, including tens of thousands who visited his Floyd’s City Barber Shop in Mount Airy,” Jim Clark, founder of the “The Andy Griffith Show” Rerun Watchers Club, wrote on Facebook.
His shop was known as a place patrons could still get a shave with a straight razor, along with a piece of advice from Hiatt.
“Every problem in the world has been solved right here,” he joked during a 2013 WXII story in Mount Airy.
Funeral arrangements are pending.