Highwaymen of Florida

Oceanscape by Alfred Hair


Alfred Hair, nicknamed “Freddie,” was born May 20, 1941, in Fort Pierce, Florida, and was killed at the age of twenty-nine in a barroom brawl in 1970. Accounts of what happened the night he died varied from the start. Some accounts said he was hit accidentally by a bullet meant for someone else. The Fort Pierce News Tribune story of the event, which took place at a popular hangout called Eddie’s Place (also known as Eddie’s Drive Inn), stated that Julius Funderberk “hit a man named Castro Roberts, then hit Hair. Hair reportedly ran out of the
building, police said, and Funderberk chased him into the street and shot him. . . . Hair apparently died of two gunshot wounds.” When word got out that Hair had been shot, it is said that hundreds of people gathered at Fort Pierce Memorial Hospital. Funderberk was convicted of second degree murder for the crime.


The true “organizer” among the painters, Hair was the only one of the group who actually took lessons from Backus. He selected the materials commonly identified with the Highwaymen—the Upson board used as canvas and the crown molding that was used for frames—along with the idea of “fast painting.” With his wife, Doretha, Hair had four children: Alfred Hair Jr., Sherry Jones, Roderick Hair, and Lisa Polletti. Another son, Kelvin, is also an artist and possesses the same talent, charm, and charisma for which his father was known.

  • Dimensions: 40in x 28in x 3in
  • Medium: Paint on upson board framed in crown moulding
  • Item: ah-cnaw0318

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