As her mom and Franklin Tucker work on patrons, Portia Thomas, a 42-year-old case manager and part-time barber, makes a quick call.
Franklin Tucker and Ella Mae “Dolly” Thomas have been serving customers at Friendly Barbershop for nearly 113 years combined.
Ella Mae “Dolly” Thomas gives a haircut to Jay White, who got his very first haircut from her when he was a child.
Franklin Tucker with one of his long-time customers.
Aiden Hemmingway, 5, closes his eyes as Thomas puts the finishing touches on his haircut.
Thomas credits her mother for stirring her passions to pursue hair care as a career.
Friendly Barbershop keeps memorabilia on its walls, including this pic of Barack Obama getting a haircut in Marion County during his first presidential bid.
James Lewis, 61, has been coming to Franklin Tucker’s chair for at least 55 years. After Tucker cut his hair, he trimmed his mustache.
Pictures of family and friends decorate the workstation of Ella Mae “Dolly” Thomas.