DAYTON (WCMH) – Jim Miller spent the last 49 years cutting hair at Dixie Barber, opening the shop in 1970.
“Sixty-one years I’ve been cutting hair,” said Miller, 83.
He had dreams of retiring in a couple of months, but Mother Nature had other plans this week.
“The damage is unimaginable unless you see it. Pictures do it justice, but not like standing in the middle of what I’ve been in all those 49 years and now it’s just gone,” he says. “Now when I see TV shows of tornadoes, I know what it feels like when you’re standing in the middle of your own property and it’s gone.”
Monday night when the storm hit, Miller said he worried about his shop, but didn’t expect for it to be gone.
Miller says he came down to North Dixie Drive Tuesday morning to find what was left of his shop – a cash register, a barbershop sign and his pair of clippers are all that’s left of Dixie Barbershop.
Former customers stopped by throughout the day to see what was once a North Dayton landmark.
“Now where am I going to go to get all my hair cuts because he was the best barber I ever had,” said customer Bill Hyland.
Miller says he’s sad to see his career end so abruptly, but will cherish the memories and friendships made.
“With Christian faith, it’s all in God’s time and I must move on.”