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Longview barber and good Samaritan passes away

He was a little known benefactor to children and the homeless in Longview, and his barber shop was a longtime landmark .

Terrell Mayhall gave much of his time and money back to his community, but always remained anonymous, wanting nothing in return. He passed away Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He had been a neighborhood barber with a familiar storefront on Alpine road for 26 years, and was a huge supporter of fire and police departments.

"He was the first barber to give me a haircut in the city of Longview and subsequently to both my sons," says Longview Police Sergeant Jack Lanier.

His shop was practically and antique store, with hundreds of collectable's. And there was always an open bible on the counter.

"He wanted to give in so many different ways but he really never wanted to be noticed for it," says ex-wife Mary Leith.

He visited hospitals to give free haircuts to patients, collected used bikes to give them to underprivileged children, and gave free haircuts to the homeless every holiday season.

"There's no one that can replace him, he never had a whole lot money wise, because he gave so much," Mary says.

Many remember him as a man of good humor, and someone who deeply cared about all he met.

"I was going to Iraq, he told the men what I was about to do and had them all gather around me and lay hands on me and pray, that I would come back safely and I did, and I haven't forgotten it and never will as long as I live," Lanier says.

He was still cutting hair just days before his death.

"He loved this place he loved his customers and interacting with them," Mary says.

With his passing, his barber shop will close. Funeral services for Terrell Mayhall will be held Friday at 1pm at Welch's funeral home in Longview.

An account has been set up at Texas Bank & Trust in Longview to help pay for Mayhall's funeral expenses.  It is called "The Terrell Mayhall Memorial Fund." If you are interested in donating, contact Texas Bank and Trust at 903-237-5500.

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