Couple chosen as parade grand marshals

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Jessie and Barbara Anders will be the guests of honor at July 4 celebration


INDEPENDENCE – Jessie Anders and his wife Barbara, who reside in the Comers Rock community near Elk Creek, have been selected as the grand marshals of the July 4th parade that will be held at 10 a.m. in Independence
Anders operated Jessie’s Barber Shop in downtown Independence until it closed in October 2018 and he officially hung up his clippers.
Jessie began cutting hair with his father, Cerbert Anders, at the young age of 13. He spent 67 years in the profession before he retired. “I always enjoyed my job and especially meeting the people and listening to the stories they told in the barber shop,” he said.
“You didn’t have to have a license when I started cutting hair,” he said. “When licenses were later required, my dad’s license was the seventh issued in the state and mine was 13,” he said. “The licenses were issued alphabetically by name in those days.”
Barbara also worked in the shop for more than 30 years as a beautician.
Both Barbara and Jessie admitted that they missed the profession, especially their customers.
Jessie recalls when he was operating his shop that he always closed on Wednesday afternoon so he could go and play golf with his friends. He’s keeping that tradition alive, playing at New River Country Club in Twin Oaks last Wednesday.
They have three children, a daughter, Tammy Durham, and two sons, Chris and Bruce.
Both Jessie and Barbara said it was a great honor for them to serve as parade grand marshals. They are both looking forward to the event and the chance to meet more of their friends as they ride down Main Street.
This year’s theme for the parade is, “Hats off to America.”
A 5K Run and Downhill Mile will kick off the day-long activities at 8:10 a.m. The race will begin at Grayson County High School.
After the parade, a day of activities will be held at the town park, including children’s activities, pony rides, duck games and inflatables.
A cornhole tournament is scheduled at 4 p.m. The cost to participate is $15 per team. The winners will split the pot.
The Crystal River Band will perform during a free concert at the park, beginning at 7 p.m. and continuing until the fireworks show. Food and beverages will be provided by Creek Bottom Brewing Co., from Galax.

Anyone wanting more information can call (276) 768-8656, email maryann@independenceva.com or visit independenceva.com.