Thursday, January 6, 2005

Community News

Potts Camp News
By Dale Hollingsworth

Local residents enjoy Christmas holidays with family and friends

Happy New Year to all of you! I wish you a healthy, happy year.

Rex and Martha Ross of Byhalia were Christmas dinner guests of Bernice Young, Martha’s mother, on Christmas Day.

T.M. and Annie Ruth Stone hosted the Christmas holiday celebration for all their family; also on Sunday, Dec. 26. They are: Tommie and Gale Goode of Greenwood, also their two sons and families; Mitch and Jeanette Stone and Emily; Cherrie and Tim Shaw of Waterford and their family; and Pebble and Jack Gadd and family of Hickory Flat.

Happy birthday to Tyler Mayer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Casey Mayor on Jan. 4; happy birthday to JoAnn Mayer on Jan. 7; also to Joann Potts on Jan. 7 and to her granddaughter Andrea E. Potts, my great-niece on Jan. 7. Happy birthday to Sarah Lambert Hollingsworth on Jan. 8.

Rev. David Lowery, former Potts Camp pastor of Potts Camp charge, and wife, Jay, who moved to Picayune last year, are new grandparents. Their daughter, Lindsay, and Ben Rossetti have a boy, born Sept. 9, 2004. His name is Isaac David. Congratulations to the family.

Jean Whaley visited her uncle Wilborn Gurley recently. Jean is the daughter of the late Stella Mae Pierce Shaw and Delbert Shaw. Wilborn Gurley’s wife was the late Dorothy Shaw, sister of Delbert Shaw. Jean also visited Lucille Pierce, a relative in the nursing home. She is also feeling better, but has poor eyesight. We are thankful. She is about 100 years old.

The entire family of Jean Whaley celebrated Christmas with her in her home, including her sister, Ann Feathers of Myrtle. Jean has always been one of my special (younger) friends.

We were glad to hear that a cousin and friend, Sank Owen of Aberdeen, is feeling better after returning home from the hospital. We hope he continues to improve. Many of his pupils in Potts Camp School remember him.

We send our love and sympathy to the family of Mary Goode in her recent death.

We send our love and sympathy to the family of Wilborn Gurley in his death.

The family of Mary Lois Gurley honored her with a birthday celebration on her special day, Dec. 23.


(1) There are two kinds of missionaries, one is sent to other countries by the board of missions to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Another kind of missionary has been at work since the Christian Church began. We are called to love people like Jesus loves us, even when we feel that they don’t deserve it (It is God’s love). Our task is to be concerned and care for others, regardless of who they are or what they have done. Every person is worth caring about; that is the Christian faith. We are God’s missionaries when we learn to love and care for all people.

(2) In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-35) Jesus asked “Which of these three men were a good neighbor to the man who fell among thieves?” The answer - “He who showed mercy on him.” “Who in our neighborhood needs a kind word or act of friendship today?” Jesus calls us to show compassion and to love others and love God with all our hearts, and our neighbors as ourselves.

(3) Christ left the grave one glorious day and vanquished death and sin. He opened wide the gates of heaven that we might enter in.

(4) God’s angels are watching over us every day.

(5) “There is a Destiny that makes us brothers,
None can go his way alone;
What we send into the lives of others,
Comes back into our own.”

We send our love and sympathy to the family of Dina Taylor, who was killed in a recent automobile accident.

The family of Joyce Clayton was Christmas Day dinner guests of Joel and Joyce Clayton. They are her daughter, Merion and David Hunsucker of Ashland; Tammie Cobb and daughter Kinsey of Myrtle; and Lynn and Martha Goolsby and children Hanna and Jamie.

Cary and JoAnn Mayer enjoyed having their family with them during the Christmas holidays. They are Casey and Kim Mayer and two sons, Keith and Bonnie Mayer and two sons; and Chad and Mary Beth and son, Jackson; and their daughter, Julie, a lovely college student. (Carey and I have some of the same relatives, the Powell and Mayer families. My grandmother was a Powell, her brother and sister married into the Mayer family.)

The family of Betty Fincher was dinner guests in her home on Christmas Day.

The family of Fred and Mary Jo Whaley met at their home on Christmas Eve for supper and to celebrate the season.

Prayer list: Ollie Mansel, Maxine Potts, Mike Owen, Larry Edwards, Evelyn Bready, Doris Goode, Willa Floyd, Lena Fay Work, Jene McCallum, Lucille Hutchens, Hazel Cox, Jean Derryberry, Louise King, Evelyn Hudson, Donna Marett, Jennie Houston, Edwin Churchill, Dorothy Forester, Roy Foote, Ladine Randolph, Mary Jo McCallum, Betty Fincher, J.C. Pruitt, Lucille Pierce.

Memories of 1961

One of the exciting events in our town happened in 1961! The Potts Camp High Flying Cardinals under coach T.M. Stone became Overall State Champions for the first and only time. Our basketball team had placed first and second in the state, district and county many times but had never gone that far before.

The winning team was Jimmy Siddall, Robert Phillips, Jimmy Bennett, Billy Cupp, DeWit Stroud, Jr., Myra Cupp, James Lee Spencer, Gale Goode, Ralph Clayton, Charles Shaw, Jimmy Beckworth and Quinton Day. Managers were James Carl Pipkin and Gary (Butch) Morris.

The 1961 annual was dedicated to the agri teacher, James L. Spencer; Christine, a nurse, was his wife.

Mr. Hutchens was school principal. He died in 1962 following surgery. Many of us drove to his funeral and burial at Big Creek.

Linda Howell was chosen most beautiful in 1961 and Teddy Howell most handsome; also Tommie Ann Stone and Gale Goode were chosen Miss and Mr. Potts Camp. Betty Holland, English teacher, and Carey Hearn, a teacher, were married. They both became teachers at Blue Mountain College and he died several years ago.

Seniors of 1961 were James Lee Spencer, Mary Sue Whaley, Linda Howell, Tommie Ann Stone, Shirley Alderson, Lester Brisco, Betty Sue Ash, Lynda Gay Ash, Jimmy Bennett, Billy Clayton, Betty Fletcher, Gale Goode, Teddy Howell, Mary Ann Johnson, James Carl Pipkin, Charles Shaw, Jimmy Siddall, Jimmy Walton, Kathleen Whaley, Lanier Young and Irene Wilkerson.

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