Thursday, December 1, 2005

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Congratulations extended to Bruce and Lori Spencer on the birth of new baby boy

The Potts Camp First Baptist Church held a Thanksgiving revival last week; it was a big success.

On Friday night, Nov. 18, a homecoming was held at Potts Camp School, also a fish fry, sponsored by the track team. Thanks to Ann Edlin, who sent me a plate of fish by Julie Mayer.

Molly Byers of Big Sandy, Tenn., visited her brother, David Greer and Betty last weekend. She is one of my pen pals.

The Potts Camp Church of Christ delivered early Christmas fruit trays and a lovely card. Thanks to them.

Thanksgiving dinner guests of Joel and Joyce Clayton were her family, Merrion and David Hunsucker of Ashland, Tammy and Kinsey Cobb of Myrtle and Lynn and Martha Goolsby and children, Hannah and Jamie.

Thanks to four wonderful teenagers who brought delicious food and visited me on Thanksgiving evening! The girls are granddaughters of Sandra White. They are Beth White, Brook White and Lindsey White; the boy was Neil Whaley, the handsome grandson of Mary Jo and Fred Whaley. (I told him that we were kin.)

Congratulations to Bruce and Lori Spencer (daughter of Sandra White) on the birth of a son on Sept. 30; they named him Seth Bruce Spencer. She grew up in Potts Camp. They live in Jonesboro, Ark.

Get well wishes to a special family friend, Patsy Boggs of Clinton, who had recent surgery. She taught school with Betty at West Union for many years. During the past summer months she came and stayed in my home for several nights and visited relatives and friends in nearby towns. She had planned to come back during the holidays. Say a prayer for Patsy.

Happy birthday to Ricki Speckmann on Dec. 1, to Mattie Gurley on Dec. 2, also to my granddaughter, Liesa’s daughter, Lulia Mariette Blond, age 13, on Dec. 2. They have moved back to San Antonio, Tx., from France. I’m thankful. Happy birthday to Carson Watkins on Dec. 2 and to another daughter of Liesa’s, Mireille Hattie Blond, age 11, on Dec. 4, and to Charles Gurley on Dec. 4. Happy birthday to Ruby Churchill on Dec. 5, to Lynn Nelson on Dec. 6. Happy birthday to Jean King on Dec. 7 and her husband Robert King on Dec. 8.

Thoughts

I. The Bible tells us there is only one name we can call upon to receive salvation and admission to heaven. That name is Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12 says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men, by which we must be saved.”

II. God has no voice except our voices, and God has no hands except our hands. He can use us to speak uplifting words to people and He can use us to reach out and help the needs of people. We are human beings with shortcomings and faults and problems, but God can still choose to work through us.

III. If you think God can use you, the first move is yours. The Bible says that you first ask and then receive, first knock and the door will open, first seek and then you will find. Jesus said “It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35) for when you give, not only the person you give is helped, but God will give back to you much more than you receive.” I’ve found this to be true. God does need you and me to touch the hearts of those who are hurting.

IV. Lord, help us show compassion

To a world that’s lost in sin

So when we share the gospel

Hungry souls for Christ will win

Christmas is coming soon; remember whose birthday we are celebrating: Jesus, born in a manger. He is the son of God! Love comes down at Christmas!

A house on Hwy 349 was badly damaged last Sunday night; firemen rushed there and saved other homes nearby. The house belonged to the former Dean Harris.

Annie R. Stone called Stanley King Edwards in Paris, Tenn., after a tornado hit that area. Stanley said that her home was not damaged, but others were nearby — across the lake from her. Stanley is the daughter of the late Hugh and Sarah King, our neighbor for over 40 years. We miss them. Their son, Jeff King, a retired school principal, teaches in a private school at Tunica.

Bernice McLeroy Beaird, a former Potts Camp resident, lives in Clearwater, Fla., with her daughter, Cherry. She sent a Thanksgiving card and a note telling me that the hurricane didn’t hit them. They were lucky.

I was happy to see Jimmy and Martha on Tuesday; they stayed in New Albany to visit Betty and David before coming here. They brought some special goodies.

Prayer list: Patsy Boggs, Roy Foote, Mary Jo Whaley, Ollie Mansel, Lucille Hutchens, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Dene Randolph, Pauline Hutchens, Willie Miller, Dorothy Forester, Juanita Howell, Donna Marett, Lena Faye Work, Willie Thomas Wicker, Ella Rea Whaley.

Memories

Gazing at the sky after a refreshing rain, many of us will say, “What a beautiful rainbow!”

One of Miss Eugenia Eason’s wonderful 1930s musical programs was “Rainbow Follies,” a lovely rainbow with a pot of gold at the end was painted on the back of the stage.

A group of chorus girls came dancing out on the stage when the curtains opened. (Our frilly dresses were the lovely colors of the rainbow.)

Our “girls club” really enjoyed being in Miss Eason’s program; she was the music teacher for many years. I cherish her memory.

Speaking of a pot of gold, Dune Hamilton was playing with his horse on his farm near town one day, when he dug up a hidden treasure, silver and gold. (Many years ago, people buried their money because there were very few banks, especially during the Civil War. It was told that Colonel Potts, the first settler of this area, blindfolded two of his workers and had them bury his money, then blindfold them again, so they couldn’t remember how to find the way to the silver and gold. It was never found as far as we know.

Colonel Potts was my great-great-grandfather; others in this area are his descendants also.

Mr. Hamilton was so excited when he found the money, he jumped in his wagon drawn by horses, and came to the bank to tell A.Q. Greer, the first Potts Camp banker.

When Mr. Greer and his wife moved to Potts Camp, he built a nice, large home on Ponontoc St.; their first son, Lester Greer, was the first child born there in the new Potts Camp settlement in 1887, one year after the first Potts Camp depot was built and named “Potts Camp.” Later, A.Q. built a lovely, large home for his growing family, and rented out their first home. My late friend, Mary Jamison Stone was born there.

It was in the early ’20s when Mr. Hamilton came to the bank. He needed a home for his wife and child, so they could move to town, and Mr. Greer sold him his first home.

At one time the people in the new town of Potts Camp had to haul water from a large overflowing well near the old coal chute. (They were lined up waiting their turn.)

A.Q. Greer and Dr. Boatner were instrumental in getting our village changed to a town about 1912, so water could be piped to our homes later in 1916. (They put down the first deep well that year.)

Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton and daughter Nellie enjoyed living in Potts Camp. They attended the Christian church located near the two-story Boren house on Church St. It was similar to the Potts Camp Methodist white frame church with a high steeple that my grandfather, J.A. Potts, built in 1904. When Mr. Hamilton died, Mrs. Hamilton was old and depended on Nellie to help her. Gas heaters had been put in the homes in Potts Camp. I don’t remember the year (about 1950), but Nellie tried to light a heater one day, and it blew up, killing her mother; she died also after about two weeks. (The house burned to the ground.)

It was a sad day for all of us.


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