Thursday, May 11, 2005

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Teachers enjoy cookout at Hale home

High school girls from Potts Camp School, Christy Taylor and Heather Bing (she lives at Waterford) visited my home on Tuesday. Christy was looking for information on the first Potts Camp School to make a report at school under Miss Hill. Christy asked about the old Potts Camp two-story school built in 1917 on the present lot. (Several of my aunts and uncles attended high school there.) It burned in 1924, the year I started to school.

Martha and Rex Ross of Byhalia visited her mother, Berniece Young, recently. They both continue to be on the sick list, but are slowly improving.

Congratulations to Mary Margaret Serio and Heath Andrew Holmes on their recent engagement. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Serio of McCarley; he is the son of Patricia Holmes of Potts Camps and Timothy Holmes of Hickory Flat. The wedding will be held on May 21 at Carrollton in Carrollton United Methodist Church. Both Patricia and the Holmes are my friends.

I enjoyed the pictures and writings about “Henderson Milan Day.” He has a host of friends and people who admire him.

Brother Jim Buchanan, Jean Whaley and several others from First Baptist Church of Potts Camp visited Lucille Pierce in the nursing home recently. She is 101 and very ill. Please pray for her.

Lela Hale hosted a cookout at her home on Friday night for the teachers at Potts Camp School. Lela teaches school there, too.

Betty Fincher’s family met at her home for dinner on Mother’s Day and to celebrate her son Tony’s birthday.

Two visitors of mine from Texas, Norma Jean Denison of Campbell, Tx., and Kay Morrison of Sulphur Springs, Tx., were in Marshall County on Tuesday searching for information on relatives; the King family of Potts Camp. Joyce Clayton, my neighbor, was here also; she made some copies of Maud King (in my Memories of Potts Camp Book) for them. He was a former Potts Camp mayor and father of Dallas King. They were very interesting people, we enjoyed meeting them. They went on to visit Willie V. Hunsucker and her sister, Mildred Marbury (former King girls).

Joann Potts of Olive Branch and Ann Mann of Memphis visited family members on Sunday at Hickory Flat. They were Evelyn Bready, Jo’s mother and Ann’s sister; Doris Goode, sister of Doris and Evelyn and Gerry Vanzant, another sister.

June 4 will be here before we know it. That’s the day a large crowd of people who love Potts Camp and attended school here will meet for the wonderful reunion at Potts Camp School cafeteria.

I received a letter from Bernice M. Beaird this week from Clearwater, Fla. Bernice and daughter Cherrie are fine. She enjoyed the clippings I sent her from The South Reporter about her class of ’38, and she told me to keep writing and keep Potts Camp on the map.

I. In Luke 9:20, Jesus told His disciples “If any many will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me daily.” We live in a world today that says “you are number one” or “have it your way,” but Jesus speaks a different message. He lived before them a life of love and sacrifice, for people of all walks of life. He changed the custom of the day by treating women and children with love and respect.

II. We as followers of Christ should get down on our knees and thank Him every day for coming into this cruel world and dying for our sins. We praise His holy name!

III. A true measure of an individual’s worth is how one gives to those who can give nothing in return.

IV. God has a purpose for our lives, and if we don’t do it no one else will. We need to know our purpose for being here. We must say no to sin and yes to God.

V. When we accept God’s gift of forgiveness, His Spirit comes to live in our lives.

Prayer of St. Francis (one of my favorite poems)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light and
Where there is sadness, joy

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love; for it is in giving we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Thanks to friends Mary Minor and Joyce Clayton who were successful in answering some questions sent to me by Pattie Solomon Mattix of Jonesboro, Ark. (she e-mailed The South Reporter.) Her great-grandmother was Angelica Clayton who died in 1932 and is buried in Potts Camp Cemetery. Her grandmother was Odella Clayton, who married Arthur Solomon in 1900. Their six children were born in Potts Camp and they moved to Arkansas in 1918. Pattie’s father was one of those sons, he was born in 1908.

Happy birthday to Irene Newsom on May 9; we miss her. Irene is in Graceway in Tupelo. Also her daughter, Billie Sue Baum of Saltillo. Also happy birthday to Tony Fincher on May 9, son of Betty Fincher, and Bob Hollingsworth on the 9th (my brother-in-law) and also Mike Schrour on the 9th. Happy birthday to Perry Pipkin on May 11 and Amandy Murphy. Happy birthday on May 15 to Sue Seitz; on May 11, to Leah Paige Goolsby and Cathy Edwards on May 16 and my cousin, May Jo Tillman on May 16.

I was happy to see Jimmy and Martha on Wednesday. They are back in Tupelo for a visit with their children, and also to be with Martha’s mother, Ovie Hawkins of Hamilton, age 90, in the hospital. She had surgery earlier and had returned home; now she is in a serious condition. Please pray for her; she and I have been friends for over 40 years.

Prayer list: Evelyn Bready, Ann Feathers, Martha Ross, Lucille Hutchens, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Larry Edwards, Donna Marett, Bobbie Clayton, Juanita Howell, Ollie Mansel, Adelle Hudson, Jene McCallum, Dene Randolph, Roy Foote, Maxine Potts, Marjorie Clifton, Lillie Mae Ford, Dorothy Forester, Jennie Houston, Ruthie St. John. Pray for the sad, lonely and those who suffer, also for the men and women in services to our country.

In 1957, the first grade teacher at Potts Camp School was Miss Mary Ann Sowell, daughter of our dentist, Dr. Sowell in Holly Springs. That was the year that our youngest son, Danny, started to school; by the end of the year, Miss Sowell had many of the students reading on a third-grade level. She planned exciting trips for her class, and invited the parents to come along. They visited the zoo in Memphis, had picnics at Wall Doxey Park, etc. A program using the talents of each child was planned by Miss Sowell; one was Elvis Presley. Some of them sang songs and danced, and others acted out roles like familiar characters. It was presented at the Potts Camp auditorium and at several different locations.

Randy Walkers’ parents, Laxine and Randolph Walker, always went along on the trips and would invite Danny and me to go with them and Randy. One day at the zoo, two young boys got lost; we were searching everywhere for them until someone spotted them in the bird house, looking at all the different birds. They didn’t know they were lost. (Their parents didn’t go along.)

Among Danny’s classmates were Rodney Whaley, Betty Churchill, Pam Cooper, Truman Jarrett, Judy Edwards, Charles Boren, Gava Hatcher, James Newman, also Bennie Clayton and Henry Mansel, both deceased.

The young group’s second grade teacher was my friend, Mrs. Robbie Germany.

In the third grade, Mrs. Clara Rose Jones taught this group. She always made the class interesting. (By that time I was working at the school. Harvey Jones was a railroad man for several years, so when Miss Rose found out that most of her pupils had never been on a train, she decided to take them on a train trip. Some of the parents went along on the trip, others drove the children to Holly Springs where they boarded the train, then they met them in New Albany and drove them back to the school. I watched them at the Potts Camp School window as they passed. That was a happy day for Danny’s class!

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