He is a lifelong Shallotte native, an active member of the Shallotte Planning Board, a member of the Save Sunnyside group, a historian and now a fiction author of “Once Upon a River.”
And his name is Leon Elwood Cheers.
Sitting in a window booth at McDonald’s on Main Street, Cheers reminisces about the way Shallotte used to be.
“Our family house was where the Purple Onion is now,” he said.
Cheers Plaza, which is home to the restaurant, was named after the Cheers family.