Elmer Moree

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Elmer Eugene "Mo" Moree (born December 11, 1918 in Mt Zion, Missouri; died June 14, 2010 in Pell City) was a teacher, basketball coach, and school administrator.

Moree graduated from Shawnee Mound High School in Missouri. He was a varsity basketball star, named most valuable player during his senior year. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II, and met his wife, Charlie Mae, a Birmingham native, while stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. Moree was injured by an exploding shell while serving in the Appine Mountains of Northern Italy. He spent more than a year hospitalized and was discharged, with a Purple Heart, in November 1945.

Moree then earned a bachelor's degree from Howard College and began teaching and coaching at St Clair County High School in Odenville after he graduated in 1950. He continued his schooling, earning a master's in education at the University of Alabama in 1953. As a coach, Moree led the Saints to county championships in 1957 and 1958 and to four state tournaments (1954, 1956, 1957 and 1958).

Moree left St Clair County Schools for Birmingham City Schools and served as boy's advisor at Banks High School, principal at Robinson Elementary School, and then principal at Woodlawn High School. In 1972 he left to become the first headmaster of Franklin Academy.

In 1975 Moree returned to St Clair County and served as principal of Coosa Valley Elementary School before retiring in 1978. He was inducted into the St Clair County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.


  • "Former St. Clair coach, teacher dies at age 91." (June 15, 2010) St Clair Times