Edwin Clarence Barnes (1947- ). Edwin was born in Batesburg, South Carolina. After high school he attended Midlands Technical College and graduated from Columbia Barber College in December 1966, where he was the only left-handed barber. He began his career at Mayfield's on Devine which was the first barber shop in Columbia to work by appointment. In 1968 he attended the Columbia Barber Styling School to further his education. In 1990 he became a certified barber teacher.
In 1969, Edwin and his partner Carl Bagwell opened Kings Row. It was the first barber shop to close on Saturday in Columbia. Edwin has cut every South Carolina Governor's hair, with the exception of two, and every head football coach of the University of South Carolina. For many years he had a mobile barbering service that visited nursing homes at night and on weekends as well as cutting home bound and hospitalized men.
In 1970 he placed second in the South Carolina Hair Styling Competition and won first place in 1971. In 1971 he place second in the Southeastern Hair Styling Competition.
Edwin worked for Thompson Learning editing and updating the Milady Publishing Company's Standard Textbook for Professional Barber Styling. He has also participated in the national test development of the national Interstate Council of Cosmetologists.
In 1995 Edwin was elected Chairperson of the South Carolina Barber Board having served 2lyears on the board. He also served on the National Association of Barber Boards of America being the first person from South Carolina to serve on this board. He was President of this board 2003-2004. He also was the president of the National Association of Barbering of South Carolina in 1972.
Edwin married Eva Sue Havird in 1967. They are the parents of a son Andrew and a daughter Paige and the grandparents of two granddaughters.