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Memories shared on final day

Memories shared on final day

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 5:53 am

Memories shared on final day | Memories shared on final day
Early today, Mackie Henderson and Morton Morris sat at a round table and sipped coffee at Shell Grocery Store at Harris Station community.
Nothing new about that. As “regulars,” they’ve been doing it for years.
But they won’t do it again. Today is the last day for the little store. Over a period of decades, there have been several owners, the latest of whom are Judy and James Shell. They bought it in March 2000.
As the minutes ticked away, Henderson and Morris talked of old times and their association with the store. Henderson said he’s 47 years old “and I’ve been coming here 47 years.”
His feelings on this last day? “Very sad, but very glad,” he said. “Sad that the store is closing; glad that Judy is getting a rest.”
He recalls that when he was a kid, he and others used to wait at the store for the school bus to take them to school at South Fulton. At that time, the store was owned by Oscar Faulkner, who has since passed away.
“Mr. Oscar drove the school bus, too,” he said. “We kids would meet here, eat breakfast, get on the bus and go to school.”
Morris, an Army veteran of Vietnam 1962-63, has lived in the community 20 years. “I’d come, eat breakfast and drink coffee,” he said. “I will miss it.”
“He was here every morning,” said James Shell.
Henderson spoke again.
“Say, have you ever had a cat’s head biscuit?” he asked this reporter. “Well, this is where you get ’em. They’re made from scratch and big as a cat’s head. A cat’s head biscuit and sausage and a cup of coffee. I’ll miss it.”
“It’s the end of an era,” Morris said.
The Shells would no doubt agree. The Messenger asked them their thoughts about this last day of business.
“I hate to leave everybody,” James said. “I know my wife needed a break. We made a lot of friends here. But I’m happy because she’s going to be with me and won’t be working as hard as she has. I gave her a 10-year plaque and a necklace for her 10 years’ service in the store.”
Judy Shell said that for her the last day is “bittersweet.” “I’m glad to get out of here but I sure am going to miss everybody,” she said. “I love them all. It’s like leaving your family.”
Published in The Messenger 6.30.10

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