Thursday, September 8, 2005

Community News

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Wedding shower honors Jodi Pennington

We are concerned for the people on the coast, Florida and New Orleans; they need our prayers. Many of us have relatives there; my granddaughter and husband, Sonya and Greg Kidd, live at Pass Christian. Reports from them are that trees have blown down in their yard, and the patio damaged. We haven’t heard from others, in-laws and cousins. Jimmy and Martha were really blessed; they sold their home in Gulfport only a few weeks ago and have moved back to Tupelo. I thought I spotted their former home on TV; it was damaged badly. Their bridal shop there was probably demolished. We need to pray for all these people; many of them have lost everything, including loved ones.

Patrick Alderson and Jodi Pennington were honored with a bridal shower Sunday at the home of Heather and Perry Pipkin. They will be married Saturday, Sept. 17 in an outdoor wedding at the home of her parents in Mt. Pleasant.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hickory Flat held a Ladies Retreat Conference. Joyce Clayton was among those who enjoyed attending it. Guest speakers were Lola Autry and Linda Hicks.

A birthday dinner to honor Betty Fincher was held in her home on Sunday by her children, Tony Fincher and Connie Work. A group of her family members and friends attended. She received many pretty cards and gifts. The 30th was her birthday.

Ernestine Gravatt, a cousin, called from Memphis. She is looking for her sister, Mary Ann, to fly in from California this week; they plan to visit me.

One of my friends called to tell me that lightning had run into several trailers on Gadd St. near Hickory Flat and one house. A baby had a burn on his face, but is all right. It could have been worse.

Chad and Mary Beth Mayer and young son Jackson have built a new home in Myrtle and moved from Potts Camp.

We hope they are happy there.

Nancy Gurley Green celebrated her birthday on Aug. 27 and Jennifer Rowland on Aug. 28. We hope they had happy ones. Happy birthday to Amanda Worth on Sept. 8, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Dickey, and to their grandson, Ross Dickey on Sept. 10.

Happy birthday to Tommie Ann Goode, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone, and a friend, Willie Thomas Wicker, on Sept. 11.

Happy birthday to Shirley Smithwick on Sept. 12, also my special nephew, Charles Alan Potts of Tupelo on Sept. 12. He is Lindy’s older son.

Happy wedding anniversary to Mitch and Jeanette Stone on Sept. 13. They are a lovely couple. Also to other special friends, Don and Dene Randolph on their wedding anniversary on Sept. 15.

Happy birthday to another wonderful nephew, Charles Harmon Hill, who celebrated his birthday on Sept. 15. He is my sister Ann and Herman’s only son.


Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

I. God promises us strength when we are weak and power when we feel helpless. If we will only ask Him for help our strength will be renewed.

Don’t forget to ask God’s blessing on the people everywhere who are suffering and need help.

Pray for the father-in-law of pastor Don Newton, who had surgery on Friday. Rev. Newton is the pastor of Potts Camp Methodist Charge.

Prayer list: Linda Theison, Mary Lee Barker, Adelle Hudson, Donna Marett, Maxine Potts, Betty Fincher, Lena Fay Work, Mary Lois Gurley, Davis Jo Humpreys, Lucille Hutchens, Tilden Ash, Evelyn Bready, Ann Feathers, Dudley Thompson, Jene McCallum, Mary Jo McCallum, Lillie Mae Ford, Ollie Mansel, Martha Ross, Juanita Howell, Dene Randolph, Willie Miller, Dorothy Forester, Audine Cooper, Lucille Pierce. Pray for the men and women in service.

The Potts Camp Memorial Museum was a wonderful place to visit; we were sad when it had to be sold. Dallas and Louise King were the owners. It was the result of Mr. King’s dream to leave a lasting memorial to his brother, Cary C. King, who died while serving as a U.S. Navy pilot in May 1945.

Maud King, a Potts Camp mayor at one time, died two years before his younger son, Cary C. King. Louise Gooch, a Memphis nurse, read of his death in the newspaper and sent Dallas a sympathy card, so he called her. They had dated 15 years before at Ole Miss. A short time later, they married.

In 1978, Mr. King started the museum, and it slowly became famous. Visitors from 32 states, the District of Columbia and Canada visited there.

As the front door of the museum opened, there was a picture of Cary C. King in his uniform. Beneath the picture frame burned a gas lighted flame. On the wall was a picture of the Marshall County monument to their war dead with the names of those of World War I and II printed below. A frame of the boys who died in Korea and Vietnam was printed also.

The museum was filled with pictures, books and interesting items.

The Potts Camp Civic Club met there many times; it gave me a chance to see many wonderful things.

Two file cabinets were filled with neat folders of histories of families and important papers collected over the years. I was interested in a collection of railroad memories; also in the Potts Camp CCC Camp. I had a book on the CCC camp when my late husband was there and I gave the book to Mary Stone; her husband was in it.

When I went to the museum to pick it up, someone had taken the wrong one and left a later group. I lost my book with L.D.’s picture in it.

One of the Museum’s items was a leather, agnew trunk brought from Scotland in 1800. John Robison’s grandfather owned it. His wife, Maurine Williams Robison, gave it to the museum.

Another item on display was a quilt loaned to the museum by Annie Sue Bright, daughter of Dr. Grant and Sue Taylor of Holly Springs. It was made by the Ladies Aid Society of Potts Camp Methodist Church about 1910. It had 150 names on it.

A gun case with an artillery man’s sword was owned by Dallas King’s grandfather, William Nathaniel King. There was also a “badge” once owned by his grandfather.

Dallas told the story about his grandfather who fought in the Civil War and was captured with six other Confederate soldiers while fighting at the Battle of Lookout Mountain and was sent to prison at Rock Island, Ill.

The yankees were offering pardons to prisoners who would take an oath of allegiance to the U.S. of America, and would go west to fight the Indians.

These seven men, including his great-great-grandfather William Nathaniel King, took an oath not to do that, and they made a Badge of the Seven Confederates. Carved in the badge is a star of seven points with links and letters.

Only two of the badges exist today; the other one is in the State Archive in Jackson.

Mr. King taught in Potts Camp School; he was principal of the grammar school. He showed magic shows to the children. He also served as rural mail carrier and substitute postmaster. That’s when he started saving articles and letters from people searching for their families.

Mrs. King was a nurse; she worked at Care Inn in Holly Springs and Memphis for several years. Louis Potts and Pearl Johnson were a great help to Dallas and Louise in the Potts Camp Memorial Museum. We miss them all!

Carey Chapel & Mt. Pleasant News
Allene Teel

Birthday party honors Myrtis Todd

Myrtis Todd was surprised with a birthday party, with all the trimmings, Sat., Aug. 27. A host of family and friends celebrated with her in the fellowship hall at Carey Chapel Baptist Church.

Carol Jean Wells, from Olive Branch and Zora Calder, from Bartlett, visited family in the community Saturday afternoon.

Carey Chapel members enjoyed a church-wide pancake breakfast on Sunday morning, September 4.

My 9th Day of Vacation

After having a good time at the beach the day before, we returned to Bill’s and Laura’s home. Of course, we had another delicious dinner. Laura has planned a big day for us tomorrow. Laura is a good planner (that is her job with the Chamber of Commerce in Salinas), and she had everything planned before we arrived. After a good night’s sleep we were up bright and early. We packed a picnic lunch and we were on our way to the California Coastal Redwood Forest. It was several miles and we arrived around 10 a.m.

The redwoods are the world’s tallest known trees and one of the world’s oldest trees. Some of the trees have been measured at more than 360 feet around and 280 feet tall. They can live more than 2000 years.

It has been over 100 years since the last fire; most fire cannot penetrate redwood bark since it is 7-12 inches thick. There are all kinds of plants which flourish under the trees including poison oak, huckleberry, ferns, and many more flowering plants. Living in the forest are deer, gray fox, fox squirrels, raccoons, skunks, black bear, elk, porcupines, weasels, minks and the ringtail cat. The birds are aconn, woodpeckers, the stellar jay, the spotted owl to name just a few.

In the area we visited there was an old steam engine that ran up into the hills of the forest. But, we decided to walk the trail. Kathy took a lot of pictures. It was really educational for me to see and learn about the redwood forest and its habitat. Before leaving we shopped in the gift shop and then ate our picnic lunch near a covered bridge. 

From the park we traveled to Monterey to visit an aquarium. It was a beautiful aquarium sitting right on the ocean’s edge displaying many fish from the ocean. It was housed in a large old cannery. There were exhibits where the children could touch stingray and other beautiful fish. There was a glass covered area to stand under while a wave rushed over our heads. There were so many people visiting the aquarium that it was hard to enjoy some of the exhibits. I came away with bumps and bruises on my legs from baby strollers. 

After leaving the aquarium we toured an old lighthouse on the edge of the ocean. I bought a lighthouse figurine for a souvenir.

We were tired after a long day and returned to Laura’s and Bill’s for another good dinner.

The next day is July 4th and we are planning to go to a parade. I will tell you about the parade next week.

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