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This profile was last updated on 3/19/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Raymond C. Boles

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Phone: (480) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Carbon Hill , Alabama , United States
ASU Barber Shop
905 E. Lemon
Tempe , Arizona 85281
United States


Employment History

  • Owner
6 Total References
Web References
The Official Ray's ASU Barber Shop, 19 Mar 2008 [cached]
Raymond C. Boles.
As the family gathered around Ray during his final hours, childhood stories that captured the idiosyncrasies of the Boles clan filled the room with animation and laughter. The only voice missing was that of Ray, but no doubt his listening spirit was joining in. His last waking moments were listening to his sweetheart of 50 years tell him how much she loved him. He listened, as he always did, sweetly puckered his lips, and gave his wife his famous three-peck act of affection with the smile that lit up his eyes.
Ray was the right hand and Betty was his left-helping him in every way she could in business and life.
These were the eyes of the best barber in Tempe. His eyes watched our city grow, change and prosper. His involvement in real estate development, the Chamber, the Zoning board, the Masons and so much more were all testaments to his belief in our little town. Ray, in his 50 years of barbering cut the hair of nearly every VIP at ASU, Tempe, and the state of Arizona. While, no doubt the skills were intact long before, it was through his maturity as a barber that he learned to watch and listen to people. For all those who really knew him, he did far more than cut hair. A few of his accomplishments would include Charter Member of the Tempe Boys Club, Recipient of the Gold Medallion from the National Boys Club of America, admission to the Barbers Hall of Fame, Founding member of the Rio Salado Bank and Chairman of the Bank at the time of its sale to Zion's Bancorporation.
These were the eyes of a subtle, no-frills philanthropic soul. Ray would see a need and help find an answer, whether that was a $100 loan to a perfect stranger or traveling to give a haircut to someone who was too ill to come to the shop. Ray made the shop the center of our city for many years.
Ray was known for his constant journeys to make a deal. His deals were everything from prime real estate in Tempe to artifacts of Arizona history. If there was a deal to be cut, Ray was the one to go to...we think he must have originated the definition of negotiator!
These were the eyes of a great storyteller. Ray loved people. He would listen to their stories, and in a short time would be ready to share his own. While Ray's stories were great and almost always filled with some element of humor, what was most entertaining was the way he told them. His contagious laughter, sparkling eyes and earnest interest in engaging those around him always left you wanting to hear more.
These were the eyes of a good husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. Steve, Stan, Randy, Deborah and Charles all treasured their dad. Ray ran a "tight ship" and expected a lot out of his children, which was a phrase he extended to daughters and sons in-laws alike. Ray loved to brag on his family and their accomplishments to anyone who might show an interest in listening.
These were the eyes of a man who embraced integrity. Honesty, honor, compassion and love were all qualities he lived every day. As we looked into Ray's eyes for the last time, we couldn't help but think of the ways he had touched our lives. He lived his life as a good, Christian man and a member of Arizona Community Church. He was our patriarch, our leader, our director.
Ray was a good, genuine and kind man. His spot in this world cannot be replaced. For those who were lucky enough to know him he will be greatly missed.
Raymond Boles - Owner ..., 17 Sept 2012 [cached]
Raymond Boles - Owner
- Ray Boles of Ray ..., 5 Feb 2006 [cached]
- Ray Boles of Ray Boles Farm, Carbon Hill, Alabama
RAY BOLES of Alabama drew the filmmaker to Alabama when he called her and said, "You can't do a documentary about cockfighting without covering the Alabama tradition.Some of the best cockers in the world came from around here."He takes us to his farm where he's raising Sweaters and talks about bragging rights, breeding and backyards.
The Official Ray's ASU Barber Shop, 23 April 1997 [cached]
On Thursday, the shop's owner Ray Boles, 72, will celebrate 50 years of cutting hair in Tempe. The anniversary celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the shop on 23 E. Ninth St. in Tempe Center. Refreshments and cake will be served, and Boles' clients, family and friends will be on hand to honor the barber-shop milestone. His shop has become a Tempe icon since taking root in 1956. In that time, Boles has cut the hair of almost every ASU president - Grady Gammage being the first - and all of Tempe's mayors, except Neil Giuliano.
Boles started cutting hair in 1943 after attending a barber college at the age of 21. He knows most of his frequent customers by name and said he will give them any cut they want. "Not really anyone wants to cut this guy's hair this short," Boles said as he buzzed an inch of hair from customer Barry Rover with an electric razor. "If they want it short, I cut it short. If they want it long, I cut it long. It don't make any difference to me," he said. Boles' first shop was located where Cookies from Home used to be near Fifth Street and Mill Avenue. He then bought the building where the downtown Jack in the Box restaurant is now located. Over the past five decades, Boles has seen a lot of changes in Tempe and ASU. "When I started here, Tempe High was still sitting in this shopping center," he said, referring to Tempe Center. He also said that ASU only had 2,509 students at the time, most of them going to school on the GI bill. Boles has also noticed changes in hair styles. "This type of hair style was what we used to do in the late 40s," he said, pointing at Rover's buzz cut. "Then, in the '60s, that's when there was the long hair with the hippies." After he stopped working full time 10 years ago, Boles began spending his summers in Carlsbad, Calif., and his winters in Tempe. He still works Tuesdays when in town. Boles' son, Charles, is carrying on the family tradition as a barber. He has been cutting hair in his father's shop for 17 years, and now runs the shop. "We have a pretty steady stream of customers. After 50 years, you build a clientele," he said. Many of Boles' customers like to boast of his skills. Rover has been a frequent customer of Boles over the past few decades, he said. "I come back because I like the way Ray cuts my hair," he said. Rover's 5-month-old grandson Joshua will receive his first haircut at the shop Saturday, becoming the third generation of the family to have his hair cut by Boles.
Boles cannot even begin to estimate how many haircuts he has given over the years. "Don't ask me that," he said laughing.
Tallahassee Democrat | 04/18/2005 | Wakulla chamber honors excellence in local business, 18 April 2005 [cached]
Owner Ray Boles has been in business in Wakulla for 20 years.He has also contributed his time and money into community and civic organizations.
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