Rip knew Silas Morefield for years--in fact, at one point, Silas was his boss. Later, Rip was his barber for decades. Sam & Sharon Dunaway helped me catch up with Rip Willis on November 30, 2017.
The 4 of us set out one sunny morning from Rip's house, to see the sights in Amelia Court House, Virginia (the town closest to Morefield mine). His story and explanation in this video 📽️ helped me understand Silas' medical condition--and although I was already impressed with what Silas had accomplished in his hometown, I was shocked by how much of a challenge it had been for him.
Rip passed away on June 29, 2019, according to his Richmond Times-Dispatch obituary, after having operated his barbershop for over 50 years.
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