In Their Own Words

Story by Jim Fahy and Rhys Ferguson, and photos by Brit Huckabay

Howard, Katie, and Eric Campbell
Homewood Barbershop owners

This October will mark Howard Campbell’s 18th year at the Homewood “Old Timey” Barbershop, which he bought in 2009 and runs with his two children, Katie and Eric. Despite Homewood’s progress, the “old timey” shop seems stuck in time—which suits the stoic barber just fine. “There’s been a barbershop [here] since 1965. It was other things before that. We don’t even know how old this building is. The guy who owns it don’t even know. People are coming and going all the time. The college students—the one’s that are going into a profession—tend to get their hair cut quite often. About the time we get to know ‘em good, they’re graduating and moving on. That’s probably our biggest turnover. The other is people who started with us—been coming here for years—get sick, die, or retire and move. Life goes on. Sometimes it’s hard. You cut people’s hair a long time…But a lot of the college students will ask someone, ‘I like your haircut. Where’d you get your hair cut?’ And they’ll tell them. And they’ll start coming.”

David Primus
Director of Homewood’s Lee Community Center and Director of Homewood Park’s popular summer day camp

David Primus has worked for the Homewood Parks & Recreation Department for the last six years, after spending the previous four years with Birmingham Parks and Recreation. Homewood Parks’ Summer Camp runs from June 3rd–July 26th. “I graduated from Samford in Business Administration and worked in sales for nearly 15 years…And then I had an epiphany: This wasn’t what I needed to be doing. I had an athletic background—I played football at Samford. I knew some guys that were in Recreation. I got in, and I wish I was doing it 20 years ago. When I came to Homewood, I became more of an administrator. Still, I have an opportunity to get out and talk to kids and play that role: the person that they need us to be. Kids have a lot of stuff on the inside that they just wanna get it out. They still need that face-to-face time. A lot of times I go out to speak to different kids, or I go to career fairs, and I just tell them—just like I tell my own kids—find your passion. It will never seem like you’re going to work.”

Boy Scout Troop 79 Eagle Scout
Keefer Boone, Jacob Churchman, Henry Horn, Hill Jones, Brooks Roney, Mac Woole

Since 1909, the Boy Scouts of America have been instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Law in young leaders across the country and preparing them to impact the world in a positive way as they exit the program. Over the past year, All Saints Episcopal Church in Homewood has been celebrating the 10th anniversary of their troop, Troop 79. Six of the troop’s original members—Keefer Boone, Jacob Churchman, Henry Horn, Hill Jones, Brooks Roney, and Mac Wooley—recently graduated from Homewood High School and all earned the highest achievement in the Scouts program, the rank of Eagle Scout.

Henry Horn: “The reason I joined Boy Scouts is because I thought it would be cool. I remember seeing the Boy Scouts handbook with all the kids making fires, camping, and doing other fun activities and knew that would be something I wanted to do.”

Jacob Churchman: “My Eagle Scout project was doing a bit of trail cleaning and adding steps to a steep section of the trail at the Homewood Nature Preserve. I knew I wanted to do something not quite as big as other projects because I wanted the project to be more personalized and special.”

Brooks Roney: “My favorite memory of Boy Scouts was when we were up at Northern Tier in Minnesota. One day, we had been out canoeing and when we returned to camp, it started to storm. Our only choice was to sit in the rain for hours upon hours until it stopped. The experience taught me how persevere through anything.”

Hill Jones: “For my Eagle Scout project, I built a ‘Gaga Pit’ at the Fresh Air Farm. I did that because they had some open space,and I was able to help them build a fun game for their campers.”

Keefer Boone: “My time as a Boy Scout was fun, adventurous, and gratifying.”

Mac Wooley: “My favorite scouting memory was attempting to carry canoes and heavy packs in waist deep mud with some of my closest friends. Even though it was grueling, it taught me to make the most of difficult situations.”

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