Thursday, September 15, 2005

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Mary Frances Clayton honored

Our thoughts and prayers are for the many victims of the recent hurricane. May God bless them!

Donald Armstrong, father-in-law of Pastor Don Newton, had a serious operation recently. We are thankful that he is doing well. Brother Don is the pastor of Potts Camp Methodist Charge, Bethlehem, Cornersville and Potts Camp Methodist Churches. Please pray for Mr. Armstrong’s complete recovery.

We extend our deepest sympathy and our love to Janice Canerdy of Potts Camp and others in the recent death of her mother, Carrie Elizabeth Goolsby Potts, age 80, of Myrtle. Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 7 at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Rev. Leonard Howell and Rev. Jim Buchanan officiating; burial was in Macedonia Cemetery. She leaves two other daughters, Betty Rhea and Shelia Potts of Myrtle and a son, Wayne Potts of New Albany; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Sunday afternoon guests of T.M. and Annie Ruth Stone were cousins Craig Brewer and wife, Mary Margaret and two children, Sophia and Tess of New Orleans, La. Craig, who is a lawyer, is the son of Marilyn Brewer, daughter of Mae Wayne Wren. Mae Wayne was a Potts Camp school teacher for many years; she grew up in the Winborn area and attended school with my sister, Ann Hill. We all love her.

Recent guests of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone were friends who once lived in this area and have relatives here. They were Mrs. Pauline Mauney and daughter Jo of Florida, and another daughter, Coleen of Texas.

Terry and Jane Goode of New Albany visited his mother, Doris Goode and his aunt, Evelyn Bready on Monday. The couple helped clean the yard for their family.

The first meeting of the Marshall County Genealogical Society was held Aug. 27 at the Marshall County Library. President Bobby Joe Mitchell welcomed the members and guests Sheryl Bowen and Ashly Jones, who became the newest members.

Former president Johnnie Carter presented an interesting program on her family history. She traced her Barber line back to England. She also had pictures to help illustrate 14 generations. Two new books have been added to the Genealogical Library; they are “A Bachelor’s Life” and “North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee.”

In the Heritage News with Ann Babin, editor, was a picture of “Dr. Franklin Pierce Boatner,” during his younger years, made in Louisville, Ky. It was sent to Sylvia Akin by Michell Gilmer of Sikeston, Mo. We loved Dr. Boatner. I knew Dr. Boatner when I was a child; he was our neighbor and also our doctor, but he was an old man. He came to our home to visit us and when we were sick, and saved my dad’s life. He traveled the county roads in his horse and buggy.

Another picture of interest was Miss Addie Lee Cox surrounded by her students in a one-room school. She married Adolphus Hollida. Mary Jo (Hollida) Whaley is her daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Hollida were also our neighbors and friends. She was my guardian angel after my mother died. Many other interesting pictures and items were featured in the Heritage News.


We ask God’s blessings on the people who are suffering because of the recent hurricane, also for others who hurt.

Poem and prayer that express most of our feelings-

O God,
When I have food, help me to remember the hungry;
When I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless;
When I am not in pain, help me to remember those who suffer;
And remembering, show me how to help by word and deed
Those who cry out for what we take for granted.
(Lindy’s Newsletter)

When the world falls down around you
And a prayer will see you through
Say an extra prayer for someone who
May need it more than you.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

“Help us to reach out to help others, and love the Lord with all our hearts.”

Congratulations to Miss Jodi Pennington and David Patrick Alderson on their forthcoming wedding, Sept. 17. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Pennington of Mt. Pleasant and he is the son of friends David and Janis Alderson of Potts Camp.

The family of Mary Frances Clayton honored her with a birthday dinner on Monday, Sept. 5 at the home of her son, Tommie and Belinda Clayton. A large group attended, and she received many nice gifts.

Henry Tutor attended a family reunion in Potts Camp on Sunday, Sept. 4. His grandson, William Thomason, is visiting him.

Get well wishes to a friend, Frankie Howell of Glenfield, who is on the sick list. She has visited in my home several times. Her husband is a song leader for a Myrtle church.

Happy birthday to five-year-old Jennah Morris on Sept. 15. Happy birthday to Tyler Cooper on Sept. 17; to Billie Baum on Sept. 18 and Mable Day on Sept. 19. Happy birthday to Jean Rochelle Gurley on Sept. 21, to Shade White on Sept. 22, and to Jacob Riley on Sept. 23.

Mary Frances Clayton’s brother, Robert Allen, is on the sick list again; she and husband Leo visited him at Hornsby, Tenn on Tuesday. Get well wishes to him.

Prayer list: Ricky Clayton, Robert Allen, Adelle Hudson, Maxine Potts, Dene Randolph, Martha Ross, Ollie Mansel, Donna Marett, Evelyn Bready, Juanita Howell, Roy Foote, Dorothy Forester, Mary Jo McCallum, Ann Feathers, Hazel Cox, Jene McCallum, Lucille Hutchens, Robbie Taylor, Betty Fincher, Ella Rea Whaley and daughter Sue, Willie Thomas Wicker,Terrell Lowery, Willie Mae Ford, Jean Derryberry, Lucille Pierce, Davie Jo Humphreys.


Sometimes I enjoy reading a book of poems, written by Monty Greer in the ’40s, entitled “Dance of the Butterfly.” Mrs. Greer was the wife of Lester Greer, the first baby born in Potts Camp in 1887.

Monty, as she called herself, was the daughter of Dr. Boatner. Like her dad before her, Monty was a born leader. He served two terms in the ’20s as a state senator. She organized the first PTAs in Potts Camp and other northern towns, and also served several years as a member of the North Miss. Methodist Conference (now the North and South have joined).

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Greer’s home was located on Church Street near the Potts Camp Methodist Church. At one time, the first real Potts Camp School was located there, but in 1917 it was sold and a two-story brick school was built on the present school ground. (It burned in 1924.) The couple had four children, Louise Greer Turner, Dan Greer, Frank Greer and Ralph Greer. Mrs. Greer taught a boys’ Sunday school class at the Potts Camp Methodist Church. She also took a special interest in the young girls (my age) in town; she had a fenced playground and would play games with us twice a week.

He was proud of both of his grandparents, Mr. A.Q. Greer and Dr. Boatner. Because of these two men, Potts Camp was changed from a village to a town, making it possible for the town to have a deep well put down, and water piped to their homes in 1916.

The Greers purchased Eagle Springs about 1900. Frank Greer told about talking to an old man in Arkansas who had visited Eagle Springs in his younger years and spent a week there. When Frank came to Potts Camp, he went to Eagle Springs, and took several jugs of water back to the old man in the nursing home in Arkansas. He made the man happy. I will always remember “Monty Greer,” I can almost see her now as she was walking down the street, with her head held high; she would throw back her head and laugh. Mrs. Greer and other Potts Camp women set a good example for us to follow.

Until next time, God bless.

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