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Former downtown business owner dies

By Michael Butler

She was a school teacher, a business owner and much more. Shirley Moncrief wore many hats in her 80 years. She died last Wednesday.

Moncrief and her husband of 53 years, Buddy, owned and operated the Company Store in downtown Tallassee for years. The property is still owned by the Moncriefs and is the current location of the Heritage House on Barnett Boulevard.

"Buddy's father, Willie Moncrief, purchased the Tallassee Mills Company Store No. 1. That's how Buddy and Shirley became the owners," Historian Bill Goss said. "Willie was the manager of the dry goods department at Tallassee Mills Company Store No. 2 in East Tallassee. He then came to the Store No. 1 to manage the dry goods department."

Those who attended Tallassee City Schools remember Moncrief as their English teacher. Proper grammar was practiced outside of the classroom also, as listed in her obituary, "Momsy especially loved assisting her grandchildren with their grammar and manners."

Moncrief also coordinated wedding teas and bridal showers in the Tallassee area. She was an active member of the Literary Club, Tirones, Tallassee Bridge Club, the First Baptist Church Gleamers Sunday School Class and Tallassee Historical Preservation Society.

"She was the chair of the Pioneer Exhibit at the Tallassee Falls Museum when it opened in 2013," added Goss, who serves as curator at the museum. "She was always willing to help us preserve Tallassee's rich culture and history. She will be missed."

Read Mrs. Moncrief's Obituary

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