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

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 06:35 PM.

"We plan to keep the business going," Houx said. The shop employs four licensed barbers, including Johns' grandson, Andrew Scoles. He works with Johns' longtime friend and colleague, Wayne Melvin.

"We worked together for nearly 16 years," Melvin said, adding that he will remember Johns' giving spirit.

"If there was anything you ever needed, he would always be there," he said. "He was just a good friendly neighbor."

Melvin remembers Johns' inevitable response to those who asked when he would retire.

"He would always tell them he would retire when the good Lord is ready to take him," Melvin said.

Johns was forced to retire in 2010 due to declining health.

Brackney Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements, is accepting flower donations and contributions for Emerald Coast Hospice.

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