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Manuel L. Stitt, master barber, shop partner

Sept. 3, 1951 – July 23, 2014

Manuel Lee Stitt, of Buffalo, a master barber, died Wednesday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 62.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Woodlawn Junior High School and graduated in 1968 from Emerson Vocational High School as a cabinetmaker.

After graduation, he worked for 18 years at Carton Craft as a machine operator and attended Roberts Barber College on Chippewa Street.

Mr. Stitt became a master barber in 1971 and went into partnership with his friend Luther “Woody” Woodson Sr., in his barbershop at 862 E. Delavan Ave., which became Woody and Manuel’s Afro Styles. After Woodson died in 2008, he began working with Gene Reed.

A former member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Lackawanna, he currently was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, where he served as an usher.

He was known as a sharp dresser, enjoyed fishing and loved cars, especially Cadillacs.

His wife of 10 years, Betty Ann Sykes Stitt, died in 1985.

Survivors include two daughters, Pascha Hall and Monica Leslie; a stepdaughter, Kimberly Brown; a stepson, Rudolph Cox; three sisters, Jackie Hunt, Elaine Baxter and Shirley Ann; three brothers, Gilbert Jr., Bobby and Gary; his fiancee, Jackie Cox; six grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.

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