Thursday, June 23, 2005

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Annual Dee Stone reunion held

Congratulations to Felicia Clayton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Clayton, and Anthony Fincher Jr., on their recent engagement. He is the son of Tony Fincher and Bonnie Gurley. The wedding will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Clayton, Old Hwy 78, Hickory Flat on Saturday, July 30, at 6:30 in the evening. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clayton and Sadie Rodgers; his grandparents are Louise Pruitt and Betty Fincher.

A benefit for a special cause was held last weekend at Temperance Hill Baptist Church. We hope it was a huge success.

Nancy Green, Jeanette Stone and Emily Stone enjoyed a recent trip to New York City. They saw many sights they had never seen before.

I’m so sorry I missed seeing Norris Boren of California when he came to see me after the Potts Camp reunion. I’ve always loved the Boren family! His grandmother, Mrs. Lizzie Boren, and his dad, Wilfred Boren, were my Sunday school teachers at church. His sister, Ann Armstrong of Jackson, is a special friend.

The Marshall County Genealogical Society met on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in the Marshall County Library. Sylvia Akin presented an interesting program entitled “Dating Old Photographs.” It appeared in the “Heritage News” this week. This was the last meeting until after summer break. The next meeting will be the fourth Saturday in August.

We ask for special prayers for Gillon Holmes, husband of Joan Holmes; they live on Old Hwy 78. On Tuesday, he had triple bypass heart surgery in Tupelo, after suffering a heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

The new girls basketball league in Marshall County schools and other schools in this area is a wonderful idea. Congratulations to Potts Camp head coach Kevin Harris, who organized the new league!

I. A good name is rather to be chosen than great wishes, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1

II. When a friend or loved one has died we realize how precious life really is to us! Do we really live, or are we just putting in time? The drama of life has no reruns, when the sun sets in the evening, the day is gone. Let us live it to the fullest and enjoy every moment. We need to cultivate a positive attitude, the opportunity to make new friends and never let dull, unpleasant thoughts control our minds. Be aware of the wonders around you — the smile of a baby, the beauty of nature, stars in the sky, music and recreation, but most of all the love of God. Give Him first place in your life! God is love!

Get well wishes to Gracie McCallum; her son drove her to Memphis to the doctor on Friday.

Connie Work drove Lena Faye Work to the doctor in Holly Springs on Tuesday, then to the foot doctor in Oxford on Friday. We hope she is feeling better.

The last of May, Edna Faye and Kenny Goode accompanied their son, Thomas, to Gulfport where he entered the Heavy Equipment Rodeo, and won second place. He works for the state highway department Later Thomas will compete in the finals in North Carolina. Good luck to him!

Happy birthday to Kristy Hudspeth on June 28, to Zach Winter, son of my granddaughter, Vickie and Earl Winter in Nashville; also happy birthday to Zach’s sister, Lindsey Winter, on June 30. Both Zach and Lindsey are college students.

Happy birthday to Annie R. Stone on June 30.

The annual Dee Stone reunion was held last Saturday and Sunday at Temperance Hill Baptist Church. They had lunch in the fellowship hall. Norma Marie Stone from Lakewood, Colo., was among those attending. She also visited relatives T.M. and Annie Ruth Stone on Sunday.

Prayer list: James Churchill, J.J. Pruitt, Larry Edwards, Tilden Ash, Tonia Clayton Brown, Evelyn Bready, Doris Goode, Lucille Hutchens, Maxine Potts, Juanita Howell, Terrell Lowery, Diane Clayton, Jean Derryberry, Billie M. Benefield, Dorothy Forester, Lucille Pierce, Donna Marett, Mary Jo McCallum, Ollie Mansel, Martha Ross, Dene Randolph, Mary Lois Gurley, Robbie Taylor, Ella Rea Whaley and daughter Sue. Pray for those who have lost loved ones, those who suffer and U.S. service men and women everywhere.

After the first Potts Camp Depot was built in 1886, the first three families who moved here were the A.Q. Greers (the first banker); Dr. and Mrs. Vaughan and Mary Potts Reid and husband, Charlie. I have special memories of all of their families!

Mr. D. Wright Greer, who lived to be over 100 years old, was a good friend; I enjoyed hearing him tell about early Potts Camp, before I was born. He told about the first airplane that landed across the railroad tracks in 1918, and how the children in the old two-story school jumped out the windows and doors to run to see it. The teachers couldn’t stop them. He also told about Eagle Springs and the train from Memphis that brought a load of visitors to Potts Camp on Sunday to visit Eagle Springs and then came back after them late in the afternoon. He said it was a sight to see the people dressed in the Sunday clothes as they walked the elevated board walk to Eagle Springs, about half a mile.

The Greers bought Eagle Springs about 1900; later the hotel burned and was never rebuilt. Mr. Robert Greer was Potts Camps’ banker until his death; Faye Vaughan Peel was his assistant until she became postmaster in 1932. Robbers locked Miss Faye and Mr. Roberts in the vault one day and drove away with the money. George Boren, druggist next door, hear the alarm and called the police. The two men who robbed the bank were tried in the school auditorium.

For many of us that was our first trial to attend. I’ll never forget it.

The two story Greer and Greer Store was purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Doug Laws. The first Greer store became the Dixie Theater years later.

Curtis Greer and Lester Greer operated the Greer and Greer store; they were cotton buyers and furnished farmers with supplies all the years. It was one of the largest businesses in town. My dad was a friend to all the Greers.

We loved all the Greer families. They were active in the Potts Camp Methodist Church, the Garden Club and the PTA. Some of the descendants live in Holly Springs and other places.

Wright Greer was a former banker and insurance man, also a Methodist.

We miss him!

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