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Clyde McKinney holds up the braid he trimmed from Larry Sudderth to be donated to Locks of Love. Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-06-25 15:12:24
Last modified: 2013-06-25 15:13:08

Friendly trim

Jamie Shell / (

Following four years of growth, the day finally came for Larry Sudderth to cut his hair.
Actually, the haircut at Clyde’s Cuts in Newland on Wednesday, June 19, ended up as a buzz cut, thanks to the requests of those who made donations to raise money for Avery High School coach and cancer patient Stacey Clark.
“It’s hard to put something like this into words,” Clark said as he watched shop owner Clyde McKinney send Sudderth’s hair falling to the floor of his shop. “You take somebody who’s been a friend for a long time and want to reach out and help. It’s hard to express the gratitude that my family and I feel. Saying thank you is never enough, but we appreciate Larry especially, and everyone in the community who has reached out and helped in his or her own way. We’re thankful and very blessed.”
For Sudderth, he was simply happy to be able to contribute in a small way to Locks of Love, as well as help out a friend to him and his family through the years.

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