Bill the Barber

Posted by: Judd Davis - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -  When the phone rings at Bill's Barber Shop in Montgomery, you can count on Bill Ammons to answer.    He's been answering the call for more than 40 years.   "I started work here on August 14, 1964,"  Ammons said.

Bill grew up in McKenzie.     He was 18 years old and had no idea what he wanted to do.  "I didn't want to farm or pick cotton."     So he learned the trade of cutting hair and got his first job just before his 19th birthday at a barber shop in the Highland Gardens neighborhood, and he's still there.        He's been cutting his friends Jimmy's hair for 45 years.     "I don't got clients, I got friends."

While a lot has changed over the years, the one thing that remains the same, Bill's low prices.   He charges a whopping $8 for a haircut.    "I ain't got a fancy shop.    I'm makin' a living and these people need to make a living too."

And don't plan on Bill putting down the scissors anytime soon.   He truly loves his job.   "I plan on being here awhile, when you retire you don't last long."

Bill has already proven he can last a long time, and that's good news for his long time customers.

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