Local Obituaries

Longtime Southland Barber Shop owner Donnie Mullins dies

Donnie Mullins cut Clyde Wise's hair at Mullins' Southland Barber Shop in 2008. At the time, Mullins had been cutting Wise's hair for more than 35 years.
Donnie Mullins cut Clyde Wise's hair at Mullins' Southland Barber Shop in 2008. At the time, Mullins had been cutting Wise's hair for more than 35 years. Herald-Leader

Donnie Mullins, the owner of Southland Barber Shop who cut hair for generations of Lexingtonians, died Friday. He was 76.

Mr. Mullins started cutting hair the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, said his son Darren Mullins. By 1968, Donnie Mullins owned Southland Barber Shop. He cut hair five days a week until September, when he fell ill with a blood clot.

"He probably did 250,000 haircuts in his life," recalled Darren Mullins, who works in the well-known barber shop. "He was a strong-willed person up to the day he died."

Mr. Mullins kept his customers returning with kindness and great storytelling, said John Buker, a customer who became a close friend. "I think he would have done anything for me, and I think lots of his customers felt that way."

He was also an avid outdoorsman, fisherman and University of Kentucky sports fan, who used to cut the hair of former athletics directors C.M. Newton and Larry Ivy.

"He always had the inside scoop," Buker said.

In addition to his son, Mr. Mullins is survived by his wife, Faye Childers Mullins, and another son, Greg Mullins of Lexington.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Milward Funeral Directors — Southland. Burials will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Linda Blackford: (859) 231-1359. Twitter: @lbblackford.

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