Thursday, July 14, 2005

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Bridal shower honors couple

Ms. Mary Lois Gurley and daughter Joan hosted a Fourth of July Celebration on Monday, July 4th for family members and friends including John and Susan Nelson, Edward Gurley, Kym White, Nikki White, Jennah Morris, Mary Minor, Brad, Beverly, Abby & Hunter Farr; Arthur and Doris Poole; Jay, Roxanne and Christopher Rowland; Charles and Jean Gurley; Mitch, Jeanette and Emily Stone; Pam Gurley; Harold & Nancy Green; Kathy Hart and son, Jim; and Wanda Lowry. Arthur Poole said the invocation prior to the meal provided by family members. Later in the afternoon, Joan, Kym, Nikki, Jennah, and Abby attended the festivities at Ballard Park in Tupelo.

Eddie and Misty Mosley and children of Alabama visited relatives-his mother, Shirley Smithwick, her sister, Annie Sue Colella, and Ashley during the Fourth of July week. He grew up in Potts Camp.

Thanks to friends, Don Randolph and Mary Minor! He sent me a copy of an old Potts Camp School catalogue printed in 1913-14; Mary Minor delivered it and brought her lovely niece, Emily Stone, with her. I was glad to see them.

The family of T.M. Stone and Annie Ruth Stone met in their home on Sat., July 2 to honor their mother on her birthday, June 30; and to celebrate Fourth of July. Everyone enjoyed this special day.

Congratulations to Irene Strickland on her retirement from Potts Camp High School. She was a very special home economics teacher. We love her, and send our best wishes for her new business in flowers.

The youth of Temperance Hill Baptist Church spent last week at camp. The camp is located at Triple S Christian Ranch in Rosebud, Ark. Attending were Hanna Goolsby, Nathan Smith, Levi Smith, Kurt Sanders, Kyle Swinford, Pat Akin, E.J. Hill, Nick Byrd, Ben Hogue, Matt Swinford, Cary Smith, Brittany Byrd, Beth Conlee and Emily Conlee. Counselors were Bro. Phillips, Bro. Jerry, Mrs. Perri and Mrs. Jerri.

We send our love and sympathy to the family of Helen Stanton Moore, age 59, of Holly Springs, in her recent death. She grew up in Potts Camp and attended school here. She was my friend.

A large crowd of friends and relatives attended the bridal shower for Felecia Clayton, bride-elect of Anthony Fincher, on Sunday afternoon, July 3. It was held in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Clayton. Special guests were grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clayton, and several of her aunts and uncles; also Anthony’s father, Tony Fincher; grandmother, Betty Fincher; and aunt Connie Work. Felecia received many nice and useful gifts.

We appreciate the new pastor of the Potts Camp Charge, Rev. Don Newton; he has visited in my home twice recently. He also visited Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone, Mary Lois Gurley and Joan, and many others. I thank him for his visits and also for his special prayers for me, my family and friends. He plans to start a newsletter for members of the churches on the charge, Potts Camp, Bethlehem and Cornersville. It will include information for special events and programs for the following weeks.


“A few lessons I’ve learned over the years.”

1. If you depend on others to make you happy, you’ll always be disappointed.

2. Love is a great investment; no matter whom you give it to, it returns great dividends.

3. It’s okay to be content with what you have; but never what you are.

4. If you like yourself and who you are, then you will probably like or love everyone you meet, regardless of who they are.

5. Regardless of how little you have, you can always give love, comfort and encouragement.

6. If you want to do something for your children; live a Christian life, and teach them to always put God first in their lives.

7. All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purposes. Romans 8:28.

8. Christ showed His love by dying for us; we can show love by living for Him.

9. By grace you have been saved, through faith, and not of ourselves; it is a gift of God. Ephesians 2:8.

The first official Potts Camp board meeting since the election was held on Tuesday night, July 5 at the Potts Camp City Hall.

The family members of Casey Mayer, the only new board member were all there to see him sworn in that night. Casey’s dad, Cary Mayer, was the mayor of Potts Camp in 1988, when we celebrated the town’s 100th birthday.

We are thankful that Ricky Clayton stood the operation on his back well. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Clayton, his wife and other family members were at the hospital in Collierville for the surgery on Wed., July 6. We send get well wishes to him. Also remember him in your prayers.

Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson of Olive Branch visited his sister, Mary Lois Gurley and other family members on July 4.

Happy birthday to my friend, Joan Gurley, July 16; Keri Murphy, July 17; Taylor Poole, July 19; Emily Stone (a special girl to many of us), July 22; and Ashley Forester, July 25.

Thanks to Diane and David Stanton for the nice vegetables they left on my porch and to Mr. Tutor for the vegetables also. They are my neighbors.

Say a special prayer for our great country; we are sorry that many Americans have forgotten God. Also pray for our service men and women overseas and for their safe return.

Prayer list: Adelle Hudson, Juanita Howell, Tilden Ash, Dene Randolph, Dorothy Forester, Evelyn Bready, Mary Lee Barker, Jean Derryberry, Larry Edwards, Terrell Lowery, Roy Foote, Martha Ross, Lucille Huthens, Lena Faye Work, Lucille Pierce, Mary Jo McCallum, Jessie Pipkin, Willie Thomas Wicker, Maxine Potts, Ollie Mansel, Diane Clayton, Betty Fincher, Ann Feathers, Jene McAlexander, Donna Marett, Robert Allen, G.S. Logan and Ricky Clayton.

They say “you can never go home again,” but I have news for them.

As I stand at my back door, in my mind I can clearly see the old barn in the lot located near a branch of running water. My older brother, James and I would play in the hay loft and swing down below where our mother was milking the cow. Sometimes we would wade in the branch and play in the white sand. James shucked the corn for the pigs and I shelled corn for the chickens. One day James started jumping up and down and yelling; suddenly a mouse ran out of his pants leg. We really laughed at him.

Our favorite cow was named Aggie. Daddy bought her from Mr. Todd near Hickory Flat. His wife was named Agnes and she had pretty reddish, golden hair; so we named the cow for her.

Daddy rented a pasture behind St. Mary’s Methodist Church, across the railroad tracks. The old creek ran near the pasture, so the cow had plenty of water to drink. (Aggie had a young calf in the back yard barn.) So one day when James and Bennie went after the cow, she started running to get her calf. Suddenly the fast train came around the corner and hit Aggie and killed her. It was really sad at our house; we all cried. At that time people milked their cows; milk was not sold in the stores.

My granddad, J.A. Potts, was mayor of Potts Camp for 28 years. When I was growing up, he had a store in town. They lived in the two story “Potts House” near the railroad tracks and old coal chute. When Mother sent me to town, I would go the back way (on Front Street), so I could stop and visit my grandmother, Nanny Potts. (Her name was Nancy Helen Powell Potts.) She was always neat and clean, wearing a white starched apron with a small pearl handled knife in her pocket. I loved my grandparents.

The depot where Daddy worked as agent for about 40 years, was my next stop. He always had a job for me to do. Robert Greer was the banker and Faye V. Peel was the postmaster; they were both friendly. (I remember their lovely Christmas cards we received from both of them every year and their lovely handwriting.) I can almost see the old two story Greer and Greer Store, across the street from the depot; also Yarbrough’s Cafe’, Churchill Store, Boren’s Drug Store, the Potts Camp Bank and Potts Camp Post Office, then the B.A. Edwards Store and Burris Grist Mill. My grandfather’s store was located near the First Baptist Church, with Harry Jones’ Garage and Filling Station nearby. Les James told about Bonnie and Clyde (famous robbers) visiting grandpa’s store one day. Les was waiting to deliver the afternoon paper when he saw a truck with a big dog and machine gun on it, so he went over to inspect it; about that time a man and woman came running out of the store and yelled at Les to get away from the truck. They drove away quickly. Grandpa came out on the porch waving bills in his hand.

He said “you forgot your change.” We read later that they were in the area that day.

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