Five Questions with retired meat market manager Frank Ellis

May 25, 2014 

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerFrank Ellis recently retired as a market manager. His years as a butcher taught him the value of pleasing customers, he said.


How did you become a butcher?

I was a machinist at Golden's Foundry after high school in 1961. I worked part time in the meat market at Brooks Grocery to supplement my income. After 9 1/2 years I left Golden's and began managing a meat market full-time. I spent some time at McCoy's Grocery and Frank's Warehouse Foods. I was with Piggly Wiggly for 24 years. In total, 50 years in the meat business.

You recently retired. What did 50 years of cutting meat teach you?

The importance of managing employees and taking care of the customers.

What is your favorite cut of meat and why?

The rib-eye. Always flavorful, tender and tasty.

Talk about your relationship over the years with Tommy Milligan, owner of the local Piggly Wiggly stores.

He was a great boss and became a greater friend. It was important that my work pleased him.

What is the best kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?

Nothing worthwhile is a secret for long.

Name: Frank Ellis

Age: 70

Job: Retired Market Manager

Hometown: Columbus

Current home: Cataula

Family: Wife Lynelle; Children: Kathy and Frank; Grandchildren Will, Baine, Reese and Grace.

Education: Jordan High School

Favorite book: "The Bear Bryant Story"

Favorite movie: "The Godfather"

Favorite restaurant: Rose Hill Seafood

Favorite quote: "If there's not an issue, don't cause one."

Best concert attended: Hank Williams, Jr.

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