October 20, 2005

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Bonnie Gurley honored on 49th birthday

Bonnie Gurley was honored with a birthday celebration on her 49th birthday at the new home of her daughter, Kristy Fincher, at Horn Lake on Oct. 10; her birthday was Oct. 11. The new house was decorated with lovely flowers and a delicious birthday cake. Louise Pruitt is Bonnie’s mother.

Mary Jo McCallum’s stepdaughter Earlene Ray from Baton Rouge, La., had to leave home after the second hurricane hit that area. She has just now been able to return to her home. Pray for her.

Several people from this area have been helping build roads and clean up after the two recent hurricanes. They are Lindsey Work, Kenny and Gale Work and Jerry Work.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. James Shirley of the Macedonia area, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 15.

Jordan Muraco, 3-year-old son of Holley and Mike Muraco of Las Vegas, is spending a few days with his grandparents, Mitch and Jeanette Stone, and other relatives in Potts Camp. Great-grandparents of Jordan Muraco are Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone and Mary Lois Gurley.

A large crowd attended the Marshall County Fall Association meeting held last week, Oct. 11 at Potts Camp First Baptist Church with guest speaker Rev. Clyde Meador, vice president of the International Mission Board.

Joan Whaley visited relatives Joan and Charles Kelly of Cordova and spent last weekend with them.

Ann Shaw Feathers, sister of Jean Whaley and Kathy Pannell, died recently. We send our love and sympathy to the family.

David Pannell, Potts Camp policeman, had surgery on Friday in St. Francis Hospital. Kathy (Shaw) Pannell, who grew up in Potts Camp, is his wife. We ask for special prayers for him.

Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Pierce have built a home in Byhalia, and plan to move into it soon. Bobby grew up in Potts Camp; my late brother, Lindy Potts, was one of his best friends. Lindy married Bobby and his wife. He was a Methodist pastor for 42 years.


I. America needs the healing touch of God! Times have changed since I was a child; people didn’t have very much money or possessions, but they were not afraid. We never locked our doors. I believe people worshiped God more and loved each other, and helped one another.

II. People stayed married in the early days; we never heard of a divorce.

III. Jails were almost empty. During World War II, L.D., Jimmy and I lived near the Monroe County court house and jail house in Aberdeen. There were only two or three people in that jail on the hill from us at any time.

IV. Gambling used to be a crime; now it’s a hobby.

V. God has blessed us so much over the years and He expects us to do better. Pray for a better world.

II Chronicles 7:14 speaks for itself: “If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

VI. God’s forgiveness and love exist for you, as if you were the only person on earth.
The wise are they
who on earth’s sod
Seek first in their lives
The Kingdom of God

We had chapel programs and prayers in school.

Happy birthday to Bonnie Gurley on Oct. 11. Happy birthday to Bobby Smithwick on Oct. 15; to Madisyn Paula Cobbs on Oct 13; to Danny Hollingsworth on Oct. 18; and Brad Farr on Oct. 18; also Clair Edwards Harper on Oct. 18. Happy birthday to Joshua and Jeremy Green on Oct. 19; to Marla Canerdy Horne on Oct. 19 and Amanda McKeown on Oct. 19.

Happy birthday to Holley Holtzlander on Oct. 20, and to Bill Kitchens on Oct. 21.

Joyce Clayton enjoyed attending the Thompson reunion at Wall Doxey State Park on Saturday, Oct. 8. They are relatives of hers.

A large crowd attended the Beauty Revue held in Potts Camp School auditorium one night last week. Congratulations to the winners.

Congratulations to Faye and Thomas Stanton, who celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on Oct. 15.

My grandson, David Hollingsworth of Palmetto, near Tupelo, has gone back to the Gulf Coast to work on the home and bridal shop of his sister, Sonya Kidd, at Gulfport and Pass Christian.

Betty Greer spent Monday in Tupelo visiting her brother and his wife, Martha and Jimmy Hollingsworth, in their new home.

Pray for the people who are suffering because of the recent hurricanes.

Prayer list: Evelyn Bready, Minnie Lee Maxey, Dudley Thompson, Pauline Hutchens, Donna Marett, Ann Feathers, Roy Foote, Ladine Randolph, Terrell Lowery, Willie Miller, Adelle Hudson, Roy Foote, Dorothy Forester, Jean Derryberry, Lena Faye Work, Mary Jo McCallum, Juanita Howell, Betty Fincher, Martha Ross, David Jo Humphreys, Mr. Armstrong, Ollie Mansel, Maxine Potts, Mary Lois Gurley, Willie Thomas Wicker.

Remember to pray for our brave soldiers who are fighting for peace.

(From TomBigBee Country Magazine)

Historic House was ordered from Sears & Roebuck

The old landmark house in Winborn is still standing!

In 1913, when Will Allen came to the Post Office at Potts Camp to pick up his order from Sears and Roebuck and Co., he had to bring his wagon and horses.

Few people now remember that Sears and Roebuck offered houses in their catalogues from the year 1908 to 1937. They were priced from $650 to $2,500.

At that time, around 1913, iron ore had been discovered in the hills around Winborn, a small town two miles from Potts Camp, and the Memphis Mining Company moved in to work the mines. The mining company ordered the house for Allen’s use.

The house Will Allen ordered was a two-story house and it was shipped in bundles complete with directions for assembly. The first person Allen hired to build it looked at the blueprints and walked away.

In a short time, the mining company moved on and the house then became rental property.

About 1915, my father, Benton Potts, as a young man, was named the depot agent at Winborn, so my parents rented rooms in the new house and my brother, James Potts, was born there in 1916.

The two-story house was made of redwood and brick and had seven rooms and a bath. It was extremely modern for that time and was the first house in that area to have a bath tub. (The first bath tub in Potts Camp was at the old Williams Hotel.) The Sears & Roebuck house was able to have a bath tub because the mining company’s furnace supplied power. The house was built in 1913 complete with lights and running water, indoor plumbing and had huge steam radiators for heat.

Then about 1920, Dad was hired as agent at the Potts Camp Railway Depot so we moved to Potts Camp. Dad had grown up at Potts Camp and had met my mother in Plantersville, where he held his first job with the railroad.

When we moved, Tony Nichols’ father rented the entire house for his family and they lived there until his death. Then, in 1945, Tony and his wife, Eddie, purchased the famous house. They have one son, James Edward Nichols, who married Jean Simmons and live at Oxford. Jean was the daughter of my friend, Ethel Simmons.

Mr. and Mrs. Tony Nichols were wonderful friends and neighbors to all who knew them. He never met a stranger.

The Sears & Roebuck House at Winborn is owned by Don Smith.

Dale Hollingsworth, Mrs. L.D. Hollingsworth, is a columnist with The South Reporter. She may be contacted at P.O. Box 125, Potts Camp, MS 38659.

Her great-grandfather, Erasmus F. Potts settled in the Potts Camp area in 1836. The town of Potts Camp was founded when the railroad came through in 1886. Dale Potts married Leonidas DeKalb (L.D.) Hollingsworth, son of Cleveland (Cleve) Hollingsworth, of the Athens community of Monroe County. Dale and L.D. made their home at Potts Camp. Her sister, Ann, is married to Herman Hill and they reside in the Athens Community.

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