Lenoir City honors retiring barber

Wilburn Clemmer (center) receives the city proclamation from Mayor Tony Aikens, with his wife Carol Griffin Clemmer beside him.

Wilburn Clemmer, owner of Wilburn’s Barber Shop in downtown Lenoir City, was honored with a surprise celebration by the city.

The celebration on Thursday was held in Wilburn’s tiny shop and crammed with family, friends and customers wishing him well on his last day. Clemmer retired after 67 years and has seen the area go through a lifetime of changes. The city honored his decades-long dedication by surprising Clemmer in his shop with gifts honoring him.

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