Tallahassee, FL -- May 1, 2012 --
The oldest barber in the state of Florida works in Tallahassee.
Delmar Smith, 97, has been cutting hair since before WWII, 77 years to be exact. When he started, Smith charged 25 cents for a haircut. Now, he charges $12.00.
Born Dec. 13, 1914, every Tuesday, Smith works at Chester's Barbershop to cut hair for his regulars.
But on this particular Tuesday, work included more than a cut and a shave. Smith was presented with a letter from Governor Rick Scott honoring his decades or work and dedication.
"Well it must mean I'm doin' a good job," said Smith.
His son, Pat Smith, 65, couldn't be more proud.
"I'm just very happy and very glad that he's able to have the health to continue doing what he loves to do," said Pat.
Delmar Smith is still one of the few barbers that uses a straight edge razor and actually gave WCTV reporter James Buechele a shave leaving no cuts. Smith proved once again why he's one of the best at his jobs.
"Well I love my work. My wife will tell you that," said Smith chuckling.
He doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.