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Augusta Barber Killed in Wednesday Rollover Accident on Interstate 520


An Augusta man is being remembered as a talented barber after dying Wednesday in a rollover accident on Interstate 520, authorities said.

William Heath Beasley, 42, lost control of his vehicle on the interstate at mile marker 12 and rolled over several times. Paramedics transported him to Wellstar MCG, where he was pronounced dead at 5:34 p.m., Coroner Mark Bowen said.

Beasley, who went by Heath, was remembered online with pictures of him as a barber, with some even calling him “the best barber in the CSRA.” He was a skilled stylist in the area who relied on word of mouth to practice his trade. On one of his last Facebook posts, he thanked a friend for giving him a Christmas gift of a barber jacket.

Dee Cutz remembered him this way: “If I had known this was our last time, I would’ve sat and talked to you a little longer. If I had known it was just sleep that u needed you could’ve slept on my couch, better yet if it would’ve saved your life you could’ve stayed long as you wanted. Your 10 year anniversary was coming up that u open your own barbershop where our brotherhood started, u seen my passion I had for cutting hair and gave me my first opportunity and from that we built a family.”

Beasley’s Facebook page says he studied at Augusta Tech and went to Harlem High School. He also attended Southern Barber College and was affectionately called “Fatbread.” Beasley was also a father.

Beasley cut the hair of Justin Gilstrap’s hair once after the boy lost 70% of his scalp in a pit bull attack. It was a memorable day that touched Justin’s mom, Ericka Stevens. She remembered him with this post:

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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