Thursday, April 14, 2005

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Memorial tree honors Evelyn Hudson

Fourteen women from Temperance Hill Baptist Church rode the church bus to Grenada on Saturday, April 2 for a special meeting. Joyce Clayton and Martha Goolsby were among the group. Guest speaker was Nancy Stafford, a former actor on TV (she played on Matlock). The group enjoyed the trip and the speaker.

Joel Clayton’s oldest son, Jack Clayton of Bardwell, Ky., his son, Tommy, also his sons-in-law and five friends were in the nearby area last week on a fishing trip for several days with his dad, Joel, and two brothers, Ralph Clayton and Roger Clayton.

Phillip Brock, son of former Temperance Hill Baptist Church pastor Malcolm Brock and wife Dorothy, was ordained there on Sunday. He has been working with the youth at Temperance Hill, but now plans to go into full-time ministry. (Our prayers are with him.)

Berniece Young visited her daughter, Martha and Rex Ross, one day recently in Byhalia. He is recuperating from recent surgery and she is not well. We ask for special prayers for them.

Henry Tutor is on the sick list; he visited his doctor in Memphis recently. Pray for him.

Friends, Polly Churchill and Linda Thieson spent Tuesday with Betty Fincher.

We send our love and sympathy to the family of Mary (Barbor) Poole, age 96, in her recent death. Services were held on Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home, with Rev. Paul Knight officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Church Cemetery. She was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and a former Potts Camp School teacher. She leaves two sons, one daughter, nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Mary was my friend.

The April newsletter for the Marshall County Genealogical Society was interesting. Speaker for the January meeting was Mark Renick, director of Education, at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. He told about finding and restoring old cemeteries. President Bobby Joe Mitchell said he had recorded 199 cemeteries in Marshall County.

Darrell Brown, registered land surveyor for Mississippi, was the guest speaker for the February meeting. He told about his ancestors in the Laws Hill area. Another large group of members and guest attended the March 26 meeting to hear Fred Whaley, the guests speaker. Sylvia Akin introduced him as a great story teller. He is not only a descendant of Colonel E.F. Potts, he is also a descendant of the Malinda and John Stone family. They lived in Marshall County between Spring Creek and Waterford before Potts Camp began.

Ann Babin is editor of “The Heritage News,” the newsletter. We are proud of her.

A tree will be planted in a national forest as a living memorial to Evelyn (Howell) Hudson of Potts Camp. This service is offered by J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home. Thanks to her son, Jack Hudson, for the wonderful history and picture of my friend Evelyn Hudson’s life. She was 90 years old and a special lifetime friend of mine. She loved the Lord! Love and sympathy to her family!


You don’t have to tell how you live each day;
You don’t have to say if you work or play.
A tried true barometer served in the place
However you live, it will show in your face.
The faults and deceit, that you bear in your heart,
Will not stay inside where it first got its start,
For sinew and blood are a thin veil of lace
What you wear on your heart, you wear on your face.
If your life is unselfish, if for others you live,
Are not what you get, but how much you give
If you live close to God in His infinite grace
You don’t have to tell it, it shows on your face.

—From Lindy’s Methodist Newsletter


Our God has the power to answer our prayers, meet our needs, and change our lives. So when we have problems, help us to call upon our wonderful Savior.

Jesus asks us to follow Him, to love Him, obey Him and tell others about Him. We never know what a commitment to Christ might bright.

Lord, help us to show compassion
To a world that’s lost in sin,
So when we share the gospel
Hungry souls for Christ to win.

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. Have faith; God is always with you; have hope; God’s love surrounds you, more than you know; have peace; God has special plans for you. Have joy; God will see you through no matter what may come. Pray for God to change hearts, so they will believe that Jesus Christ died for their sins.

Happy birthday to Ann Hill on April 15 and Kim Gurley Morris on April 15, to Robbie Taylor on April 16, to Wesley Poole on April 17, to Lauren Beth Goolsby on April 20, to Jacob McMinn on April 22 and happy birthday to relatives Jason Pannell and Lindsey Morgan Potts on April 23 and also Hunter Farr on April 23.

Prayer list: Jean Derryberry, Maxine Potts, Henry Tutor, Roy Foote, Dorothy Forester, Larry Edwards, Donna Marett, Rex Ross, Martha Ross, Mary Jo McCallum, Ella Rea Whaley, Ollie Mansel, Lena Faye Work, Willie Miller, L.D. Ford, Lillie Mae Ford (age 96), Juanita Howell, Hazel Cox, Evelyn Bready, Lucille Hutchens, Diane Clayton, Fred Taylor, Mary Lee Barker. Pray for pace among nations!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Sylvia Akin, whose family members were my special friends, brought a picture of “Potts Camp Class of 1938” to my home. It was wonderful! Her mother, Margaret (Alvis) Seymour had a twin sister, Mary (Akin) Fowler, whose picture appeared with the group. The twins’ grandparents lived across the street from us when I was a child, so I started playing with them early, also their cousins.

The twins’ dad, Charlie Alvis, and his brother, Joe Alvis, operated a lumber business in the ’20s. They built twin houses about a mile from Potts Camp for their families. Many Sundays after church services in the old white, frame Methodist church with a tall steeple that my grandfather J.A. Potts built in 1904, several of the twins’ girlfriends were invited to come to their home. We would ride in Mr. Charlie’s T Model Ford; some of us even had to ride on the fenders and hang onto the door to get there.

Miss Myrtle (their mom) always had a table full of delicious food. The twins had an older brother, Bob, and a sister, Rhetta Lou, who was younger; we called her “Boots.” The twin houses were separated by a wire fence and a running brook nearby. We would wade in the brook and play in the nearby barn (across the road). During the Depression, the lumber company went broke, like thousands of other businesses; they sold their homes and moved to town (Potts Camp).

Another friend in the picture was Berniece (McLeroy) Beaird. She had a younger sister, Genette; their parents were Burnice and Hattie McLeroy. Bernice married a railroad man, Mack Beaird. He was really friendly, especially to children. One Christmas, he wanted L.D. and me to go to Memphis with them and take Jimmy to see Santa Claus; I was about broke, during those Depression days but we went anyway. Jimmy was really cute sitting on Santa’s lap.

During World War II, people were really riding the rails; the depots had to stay open 24 hours because of the troop trains.

My dad was the Depot agent during the day shift, so they had to hire women at night (the young men were away fighting). So Bernice began working at night; I’m sure her husband was a great help to her. Another girl was hired and fired that night. She forgot to give the correct orders and two trains almost wrecked. The engines saw each other in time to stop the trains. Mack is deceased and Bernice lives in Florida with her daughter. (We keep in touch.)

Iva (Brownlee) Smith of Thaxton was also in the picture. Her family moved to Jackson during World War II. Iva and her sister, Dot White, always came back to the Potts Camp reunion. Mr. and Mrs. Claude Brownlee were their parents. I remember attending parties at their home when I was young. They had an older sister, Florence Tucker (deceased).

Pauline Brownlee and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brownlee, lived in a tall wooden store on Center St. It had living quarters behind the store and a front porch. In the early ’30s, Miss Stella, as we called her, gave the new Baptist pastor his board, free of charge. (They were Methodists.) We all loved Bro. Dennis Renick, he was very kind and good to all of us. He went on to preach in a Memphis church, but came back for funerals, homecomings and revivals until his death.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brownlee had two older children, Will Tom and Ruby, who had gone to Memphis to work.

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