Thursday, November 24, 2005

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Ervin Ray Smith celebrates 50th birthday with family and friends

We are so thankful that Liesa Blond, my granddaughter, and her husband, Dr. Carl Blond, have moved back to San Antonio, Tx. from France. Liesa is Betty and David Greer’s daughter.

On Saturday, a bus load of 35 members from Temperance Hill Baptist Church attended a singing at the Agri Center in Booneville. It was the Masters Group homecoming. Singers were the “Inspirations” and McCammys. Joyce Clayton and her son, Lynn and Martha Goolsby and children, Hanna and Janie were among the group who attended the singing.

A three-day revival was held at Temperance Hill Baptist Church last week, Monday through Wednesday, with Dr. Harold Clayton as guest preacher. A large crowd attended the services.

William Howell of Aberdeen, a relative of our family, died Nov. 11 at age 79. He was a retired veteran of World War II and Korea; a retired highway patrolman after 25 years of service, and a member of the Mississippi National Guard. He was a member of Aberdeen Church of Christ. The funeral was held at Tisdale Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen on Nov. 13, with full honors of the highway patrol. He leaves one daughter, two sons, one grandson and two sisters. We were saddened by his death.

William Howell ( we called him Bill) and his late wife, Tommie Carol, owned and operated Shaline Courts and Restaurant in Aberdeen at one time. Another relative, Sank Owen of Aberdeen, hosted the “Cousins Reunion” at Shaline dining room for several years and large crowds of relatives attended. L.D. and I never missed a one of them; our children attended also. The next day, Sunday, we attended the Hollingsworth reunion. These were the good old days!


I. Thank you God for saving my soul; thank you God for making me whole. Thank you God for giving to me, thy salvation, full and free. (I remember saying this in Sunday school as a child.)

II. The work of the Lord is not done by great people, but by ordinary people who are committed to Him! If we ask, “Can God use me?” The answer is clear, it is found in God’s word.

III. Records show that He used hesitant Moses to lead Israel to freedom, as well as fishermen and farmers to accomplish His work and record His Word. Ex. 3:13-4:10. For thousands of years He has used ordinary people like you and me to do His work. Why should He stop now?

IV. “The good news is that Christ demonstrated His love for us that while we were yet sinners, He died for us.” Romans 5:8

V. Others may not like the way we look, but God looks on our heart.

VI. “The greatest thing in life is to love God, and then love others.” (Also God loves a cheerful giver.)

Thanks to Bethany Baptist Church, located at 1946 Bethany Road, Potts Camp; the youth minister delivered a large Thanksgiving dinner to many residents of town. It was delicious! Pastor of the Church is Bro. Donald Worsham, music minister, Bro. Eric Wright and youth minister is Bro. Mark Newman. The girls who delivered the lunch were very pretty and nice.

Happy birthday to Jason Gurley on Nov. 22; also happy birthday to my grandson, Clark Grayson Hollingsworth of Starkville on Nov. 23. He is a high school student at the academy there; also to Tyler Knight on Nov. 24.

George Dickey drove to Knoxville last week to attend the funeral of his brother, Ross Dickey, age 88.

Ervin Ray Smith celebrated his 50th birthday on Friday night with his family and friends. Lola Hale is his sister.

We were saddened by the recent death of Rev. Adrian Rogers. He was a very special pastor of Bellvue Baptist Church in Memphis for 30 years. We have listened to him over TV for many of those years. We will miss him!

Prayer list: Roy Foote, Adelle Hudson, Martha Ross, Lina Mae Rhea, Dene Randolph, Lucille Hutchens, Terrelle Lowery, Jean Derryberry, Juanita Howell, Betty Fincher, Donna Marett, Mary Jo McCallum, Maxine Potts, Mary Elliott, Dorothy Forester, Willie Thomas Wicker, Ella Rea Whaley and daughter Sue, Willie Miller, Dovie Jo Humphreys, Ollie Mansel, Lena Faye Work, Donald Armstrong.

Memories of 1961

One of the exciting events in our town happened in 1961!

The Potts Camp High Flying Cardinals under coach T.M. Stone became overall State Champions for the first and only time. The Potts Camp Cardinals had placed first and second in the state, district and county, but had never gone that far before.

The winning team was Jimmy Siddall, Robert Phillips, Jimmy Bennett, Billy Cupp, Dewitt Straud, Myra Cupp, James Lee Spencer, Gale Goode, Ralph Clayton, Charles Shaw, Jimmy Beckworth and Quinton Day. Managers were James Carl Pipkin and Gary (Butch) Morris.

The 1961 annual was dedicated to the agri teacher, James L. Spencer; his wife, Christine Spencer, was a nurse.

Principal Frank Hutchens died in 1962. Many of us traveled to the funeral home in Calhoun City, then to the church at Big Creek for services and burial. They had one son, Frank Hutchens Jr. It was sad.

Linda Howell was chosen most beautiful in 1961 and Teddy Howell most handsome; also Tammie Ann Stone and Gale Goode were chosen Miss and Mr. Potts Camp. Betty Holland, English teacher, and Carey Hearn, a teacher, were married. They both become teachers at Blue Mountain College. He died several years later. Seniors of 1961 were James Lee Spencer, Mary Sue Whaley, Linda Howell, Tammie Ann Stone, Shirley Alderson, Lester Brisco, Betty Sue Ash, Linda Gray Ash, Jimmy Bennett, Billy Clayton, Betty Fletcher, Gale Goode, Teddy Howell, Mary Ann Johnson, James Carl Pipkin, Charles Shaw, Jimmy Siddall, Jimmy Watson, Kathleen Whaley, Lanier Young and Irene Wilkerson.

Correction in last week’s memories (names left out): 1936 class reunion, others members who attended the 1936 reunion were T.M. Stone, vice president; C.B. Bennett, Eugenia Gray and Juanita Jones, (she lived in Holly Springs and owned the Jones Furniture Store.) Annie R. Stone, wife of T.M. Stone, also attended.

Those were happy days!

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