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The family of Augustus McGrew, long-time owner of the Athens Barbershop located at the intersection of 120th and Vermont in Los Angeles, has announced his passing. Mr. McGrew passed away from complications with diabetes on Saturday, April 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada with his family by his side. Mr. Augustus McGrew was born August 21, 1927, in Dallas, Texas to William and Miriam McGrew. The youngest of five children, Mr. McGrew spent his early years in Dallas, but later migrated to Los Angeles, California along with his oldest brother Simuel. He would later meet his wife of 57 years Velma Conley of Corsicana, Texas, a supervisor at Servomation Corporation. This union produced one daughter, Patricia Geanett.
A veteran, Augustus McGrew served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army as sergeant. He also spent a number of years working on the railroad. Mr. McGrew was an accomplished chef having worked for the Fox Hills Country Club, the Catholic Archdiocese, Clifton’s Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles, and as the executive chef at Rockwell International for a number of years. He was active in his church and donated much of his talent as a chef for church functions. He loved cooking for family and friends.
Later in life, Mr. McGrew had a long distinguished career as a barber, starting out in partnership with his brother-in-law, and later owning his own barbershop, the Athens Barbershop, at the corner of 120th and Vermont Street in Los Angeles for over 30 years.
Mr. McGrew lived a rich and fulfilling life. After his retirement, he traveled extensively with his wife. After her death in 2005, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada with his daughter and family.
Mr. McGrew is preceded in death by his wife Velma, his mother and father, sister Geraldine McGrew, and brothers William and SimuelMcGrew. He leaves behind to cherish is memories and celebrate his life, his daughter Patricia Janjetovic (McGrew), sister Sammie O’Neal, grandchildren Jasmyne Cannick, Joeigh Cannick, Jorjanna Cannick, and Brian Aldrich, nephew Donnell Williams, great-granddaughter Erica, son-in-law Andrej Janjetovic, and a host of family, friends and acquaintances.
Mr. McGrew was loved deeply and will be greatly missed by his family.