R. Hezekiah Green, 76, barber, Navy veteran

April 01, 2004

Robert Hezekiah Green, a barber for more than 50 years, died of congestive heart failure March 25 at his East Baltimore home. He was 76.

Known as "Kiah," he was born on a farm in Brunswick County, Va., and moved to Baltimore in 1947, after serving in the Navy during World War II. He received a diploma from the old Apex Beauty and Barber School on Pennsylvania Avenue. He initially cut hair in Turners Station.

In 1957, he opened Green's Barber Shop at Oliver and Rose streets and several years later bought a building at Luzerne Avenue and Oliver Street, where he taught many apprentice barbers their trade.

Mr. Green often visited hospitals and homes to serve elderly patrons who could no longer travel to his shop.

He retired last year from Arthur's Barber Shop at Luzerne Avenue and Hoffman Street.

Mr. Green hunted deer, rabbit and squirrels.

Services were held Tuesday.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Edith Hardy; five sons, Robert H. Greene Jr., Wendell James Green, Arthur Herbert Green, Samuel Green and Munroe Tyler, all of Baltimore; five daughters, Connie Miles of Richmond, Va., Celest Burrell and Cynthia Monk Green, both of Baltimore, Carolyn Wallace of Clarksville and Cora Green-Berry of Houston; three brothers, William D. Green of Norfolk, Va., and Chester M. Green and Charles F. Green, both of Baltimore; three sisters, Laura Lindsey of Willingboro, N.J., Augusta Macklin of Lawrenceville, Va., and Lucy G. Davis of Palm Coast, Fla.; 31 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren. A son, John W. Green, died in 1989.

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