Long-time Crestview barber and Holt resident dies at age 86

Fish with Leon Johns

Leon Johns enjoys one of his favorite recreational activities: fishing. Many residents knew Johns from his downtown barbershop.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 06:35 PM.

CRESTVIEW — North Okaloosa residents are remembering a lifelong Holt resident who served as a Crestview barber for nearly 60 years.

Leon Johns, of Leon's Barber Shop, died at age 86 on Saturday. His funeral was yesterday at Holt Assembly of God Church.

"One thing I could say about Johns was that he knew how to cut a good head of hair," LaRue McKinney, of Crestview, said. He attended the Holt church where Johns was a long-time member. "He was always a kind-hearted and nice man."

Johns served on the church board for eight years and, with his wife, Mildred, coordinated a ministry for senior citizens, friends said.

"Having been in business for as long as he has, my father knew a lot of people," Allen Houx, his son, said. "He is definitely going to be missed." 

Johns was born in Holt in 1926. He spent four years as a firefighter in the U.S. Army, and served in Europe during World War II.

"My mother told me that he is one of the men responsible for bringing the water system to Holt," Houx said, adding his father spent 15 years on the Holt water system board of directors.

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