Thursday, January 27, 2005

Potts Camp News
By Dale Hollingsworth

Betty Love Shaw celebrates birthday

Betty Love Shaw of Holly Springs celebrated her recent birthday at the Cracker Barrel. Attending were her husband, Knowlton Shaw, and her children, Ervin Ray, Steve, Barry and Lela Hale, along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Betty Love grew up in Potts Camp; she was Betty Smithwick. Her mother was my dear friend, the late Sally Ball Clayton; her brother is Bobby Smithwick.

A bridal shower was held on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 16, for Heather Ray, daughter of Carol Gurley, at the home of Jonna and Kevin Shaw (her brother). She received many lovely gifts and many friends and relatives attended.

Congratulations to Heather Ray and John Michael Hodges, of Jackson, Tenn., on their recent engagement. The marriage will be held on April 30, 2005. Heather grew up in Potts Camp.

We extend our love and sympathy to Bill and Terri Kitchens and his family members in the recent death of his mother, Martha Holder, age 78, of New Albany. Services were held on Jan. 14, at United Funeral Chapel in New Albany; burial was in New Albany City Cemetery. She had a large family, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in New Albany.


1) Pray without ceasing
God hears what you say
From the moment you rise
To the close of the day
Don’t think for a moment
That He turns a deaf ear
Trust and have faith
And you’ll never know fear

2) Proverbs 3:5 says: “Lean not on your own understanding.” (Without the Lord as our guide through the fog of life, and His word as our compass, we will wander aimlessly.) So we should make Proverbs 3:6 our lifelong motto, “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”

3) My prayer – Dear Lord, I pray at the close of each day
You’ll find that I’ve held someone, somehow, some way
That I’ve not failed by word or deed
To lighten the heart of someone in need
Though my talents be few
I pray that you will find me a credit to you.
In Christ’s name. Amen.

Danny and Elizabeth Hollingsworth of Starkville were here on Monday; they were celebrating Elizabeth’s birthday. We all enjoyed a short visit with Mary Minor and Jeanette Stone, daughters of Mary Lois Gurley. They were walking their dog, Penny, and stopped to see us; Danny was their brother Mitchell Gurley’s classmate at Potts Camp School. They graduated high school in 1969.

A special friend, Sylvia Akin, called from Memphis; she plans to drive her aunt, the former Rhetta Lou Alvis (Boots) of Olive Branch, to her eye doctor on Feb. 5 for eye surgery. Sylvia is the daughter of the late Margaret Alvis Seymour; Margaret had a twin sister, the late Mary Alvis Flowler (Hogan). I grew up with them.

A.G. Maxey also plans to have eye surgery soon; we hope that it is a success, also Boots’ surgery.

Henry Tutor came home from the hospital last week and is feeling better. We are thankful; he is my neighbor.

The Lonnie Ash family next door have moved to Myrtle. I miss their three dogs, cats and rooster.

Happy wedding anniversary to Garrie and Sherry Colhoun on Jan. 20. Mitch Stone Jr. celebrated his birthday on Jan. 22 and his dad, T.M. Stone, on Jan. 24. We hope they have a happy day. Garrie and Sherry Colhoun, who were married in 1979, celebrated their wedding anniversary on Jan. 20. Happy anniversary to them!

Happy birthday to Jimmy Hart on Jan. 26, to Christopher Blake Rowland on Jan. 28 and Jeanette Gurley Stone on Jan. 30.

Happy birthday to Martha Ross of Byhalia on Feb. 1; she is the daughter of my friend, Berniece Young; to Lucille Isom on Feb. 2 and Colette Humpreys on Feb. 2 (also the daughter of Mrs. Young).

Happy fifth wedding anniversary to Jon and Jennifer Rowland on Feb. 5. They were married in 2000.

Pray for Sandy Byrd, who had recent surgery. He has many friends who love him.

Prayer list: Sandy Byrd, Lucille Hutchens, Larry Edwards, Evelyn Bready, Adelle Hudson, Ruthie St. John, Annie Spears, Ladine Randolph, Jean Derryberry, Jene McCallum, Roy Foote, Betty Fincher, Doris Goode, Chester Hutchens, Lillie Mae Ford, Donna Marett, Mary Poole, Louise King, Willa Floyd, Ella Rea Whaley and daughter Sue, Mary Jo McCallum, Ollie Mansel, Lucille Pierce, Maxine Potts, Dorothy Forester.

Remembering World War II

Many people today remember the patriotic feelings we all had during World War II; everyone seemed to be working together for the good of our country (1941-1945).

One day when I was cleaning the top of daddy’s old closet, I found a copy of “The American Magazine” published during the war in 1943.

Memories of those four terrible years suddenly come back to me! Frances Langford had just returned home from a five-month tour with Bob Hope and other actors, who were entertaining the U.S. troops. She wrote “I Saw Him Fighting For You.” She described the great courage of the wounded and dying soldiers in the hospitals. One soldiers who had no arms requested that she sing “Embraceable You.” After singing for him, she ran away so he would not see her tears. While returning home she saw the Statue of Liberty and remarked, “That is the lady the soldiers are really fighting for!”

Other interesting articles were “Green Stamps for the folks back home,” by Brigadier Gen. Harold Gilbert. He said that every soldier’s prayer is “Take care of the ones I love.”

Metro Goldwyn-Mayers mentioned the most extravagant movie in years, “Thousands Cheer” with Gene Kelly, Kathryn Grayson, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Lucille Ball, Lena Horne and others.

Another write-up was “What Victory will Bring Us.” It mentioned things we take for granted, homes, jobs, families, a right to vote and worship as we please, also education.

Other stories about the war were “Come Back to Me,” “Japan’s Mighty Empire,” “We are Running out of Oil” and “Too Young to be a Hero.”

Advertisements also mentioned the conflict. Bell Telephone says, “Help the war by making only vital calls.” Westinghouse promises, “Research for war time and wonders for peace.” Kodak makes “Complex topics of optical systems for our Army and Navy.”

Studebaker’s factories build “Flying fortress engines,” the U.S. Airlines say “If you can’t drop a bomb, buy Bonds.” Chrysler’s war products included, “engines for tanks, air raid sirens and gun boxes.” Chesterfield showed a lovely picture of the soldier pinup girl, Betty Grable.

An article on “Why You Can’t Get a Seat” reminded me of the days Jimmy and I spent in crowded depots, trains and buses, trying to get home to Potts Camp. We lived in Aberdeen. There were no items of metal for sale, not even toys. We bought Jimmy a wooden wagon with wooden wheels.

If people could work together so well during the war days, why not in peace time?

My prayers are for the men fighting for our country now.

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