NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Family and friends will be offering their last respects to a local barber, killed last weekend at his shop on Church Street in Norfolk. Services for 86-year-old Henry McIntosh will be held at Riddick Funeral Home on Friday.
A composite sketch (left) was released Tuesday afternoon of the suspect in McIntosh's shooting.
On any given day, McIntosh would be working at his chair by the window.
After his death Saturday, people who frequented his Square Deal barber shop at the corner of Church Street say it will not be the same. Police say an armed robber killed McIntosh in his shop.
Services have been scheduled for McIntosh's funeral: A public viewing will be held on Thursday at the Riddick Funeral Home in Norfolk, from 2-8 p.m.; A wake for will follow on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Riddick Funeral Home; "Mr. Mac" as he was lovingly known, will be laid to rest on Saturday at noon at First Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk.
For Norfolk Councilman Paul Riddick, Mr. Mac was more than a supporter, he was his friend and barber.
"His barber shop opened every morning at 6:30 a.m. I mean where can you get a haircut at 6:30 in the morning for $5 and just provide a place for men to come and talk about sports, politics, argue about sports, politics," said Riddick.
The gathering spot to gab is now a growing memorial. Flowers, notes and candles lay at the front door. McIntosh's customers came by to stare and remember.
"[When] I was a little kid I used to come in and get in trouble and stuff, and I used to go in there and sweep the floors and anything, just get a hair cut anything," said Stevie Towns.
"He was all right. He would cut your hair if you didn't have [any] money. He cut my hair and I didn't have [any] money many times, and I'd come back to pay him," said patron Carlton Hopkins.
WAVY.com spoke to McIntosh 10 years ago when the city widened Church Street. He vowed to stay put to better the community. His customers will say he did that and more, even if his razor slipped once in awhile.
"He'd get to talking about the Lord or whatever and he'd be cutting your hair and the next thing you know he's gone all the way back there with the razor line," said Hopkins.
Riddick says he will be back too.
"Plan to go back and find somebody else to mess my hair up as much as he did."
Family members tell WAVY.com they plan to reopen the shop as early as Tuesday, but they could not give an exact date, as they continue to make funeral arrangements.
WAVY.com checked with Norfolk police and found the business was robbed in 2002 and in August of 2009 someone robbed customers inside the shop.
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