By Dale Hollingsworth
of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone celebrated the birthdays of
four family members, Pebble Gadd, Mitch Stone Jr., T.M.
Stone and Jeanette Stone on Saturday, Jan. 22 with a
birthday dinner at their home. Tommie and Gale Goode came
home for the weekend and joined them. T.M. Stones
birthday was the 24th, Jeanettes was Jan. 30, Mitch
Stone Jrs was the 24th of Jan. and Pebbles
birthday was Dec. 31.
surprised her daughter-in-law, Wendy Poole, wife of Kevin
Poole with a birthday party recently with many people
Margaret Benefield has returned home from visiting her
sister, Mary Louise Howard in Ohio for almost a month.
Mary Louises son drove her there, and also back
home. It snowed two times while she was there; her
daughter, Susan from Indiana, visited her twice at her
sisters home. (Her other daughter is Regina.)
I was happy
to have my friend, Martha Fant of Holly Springs, visit me
on Sunday, Jan. 23; her son Randy is my neighbor. She
told me about the meeting of the Marshall County
Genealogical Society at Marshall County Library on
Saturday, Jan. 23; she is the new secretary of the
Society. Cemetery Preservation was one of the
topics discussed at the meeting; Mr. Renick was a guest
speaker. He told of finding an old family cemetery with
only two or three headstones; he kept digging and found
many more graves, then scraped them clean of grass. He
had four preachers in his family. I thought of Bro.
Dennis Renick, pastor of the First Baptist Church here in
the 30s. He boarded with a Potts Camp Methodist
merchant and family, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brownlee (they
kept him rent free in the back of a Potts Camp store,
located where our present post office is now located.
At that time
the Baptist and Methodist Churches were attending
services, one weekend at the Methodist and the next at
the Baptist Churches.
my age really enjoyed Brother Renick. He went on to
preach in a Memphis church, but came back for funerals,
homecoming, etc. We will never forget him. Martha
Fants mother is Allene Teel, who writes for The
South Reporter. Marthas daughter, Amy, and her
husband have a 1-year-old son. She is a nurse. I love
With the love of God in our hearts, there is no room for
hate. Love is one of Gods greatest gifts. Without
it, nothing else is important. I Corinthians 13:1 says,
Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels,
and have not love, I am become as a sounding brass and
tinkling cymbal. God loves us.
2) We should
only speak words that God approves of, no unkind remarks,
gossips or disrespectful remarks using the Lords
name. Our prayer should be the same as Psalm 19,
Davids passionate prayer: Let the words of my
mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in
your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
God can enable us to speak words that build up others,
and glorify His name.
grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot
change, the courage to change the things I can, and the
wisdom to know the difference.
Claytons daughter, Merion and David Hunsucker of
Ashland, visited Joyce and Joel Clayton on Sunday, Jan.
We send our
love and sympathy to the large family of Chester
Hutchens, age 87, of Cornersville in his recent death.
Services were held at the Bethlehem Church of the Lord
Jesus Christ on Tuesday with Bro. Steve Wilson
officiating. He was buried in the church cemetery.
We also send
our love and sympathy to the family of Sara Jane
Wilkerson Evans, age 70, of Alabama, in her death.
Services were held on Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral
Home with burial in Lebanon Cemetery. I remember her as a
pretty, sweet girl in Potts Camp School.
birthday to Lamar Day on Feb. 9, to Lauren Brook Potts on
Feb. 10 and to Sank Owen on Feb. 12.
There are so
many people, old and young, rich and poor, who need our
prayers, in our country and also overseas. When we sit
down to eat, we should remember to pray for the hungry
people everywhere. Never stop praying for our troops
overseas and their families; many of them will never come
Donna Marett, Lucille Hutchens, Larry Edwards, Roy Foote,
Alan Taylor, Jean Derryberry, Ollie Mansel, Evelyn
Bready, Maxine Potts, Annie Spears, Lena Fay Work, Jessie
Pipkin, Juanita Howell, Willa Floyd, Hazel Cox, Martha
Ross, Ladine Randolph, Dorothy Forester, Louise King,
Mary Poole, Jene McCallum, Evelyn Hudson (West Memphis
Home), Mary Jo McCallum, Ruthie St. John, Willie Thomas
Wicker, Doris Goode, Henry Tutor, Ella Rea Whaley, Sue
Whaley, Lillie Mae Ford.
One day I
found an old letter my late mother, Mae Potts, had
written to her son, Lindy, while he was an MP in the Air
Force. It was dated 1951. She told him that when he
returned a new teachers home would be located
across the street from us.
old house with large concrete porches was owned by my
friends (the Alvis girls) grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. C.M. Alvis Sr.
deaths, the old house was sold to the school for a
teacher home. Mr. and Mrs. Rex Burrow,
principal and wife, were the first people who moved
there; she was my eighth grade teacher (she gave us a
hard way to go). Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Butler and children
came next; he was liked by everyone. He was our math
teacher; I ran across the street many times and asked him
for help. He was kind and good to all of us. The children
played with Ann and Lindy; Bobbie was a tomboy. She and
Lindy got in trouble with their BB guns many times.
the wonderful chapel programs we had at school. Everyone
had their own song book. Sometimes a minister from the
local churches would speak to us, and other times a class
would be in charge of the Bible reading, prayers and
singing. We sang God Bless America a lot.
In 1932 a
new agriculture and home economics building was
completed, also a new gym. We could have ball games
indoors for the first time. Mr. Loyd Thomas was the
coach; the boys sold chickens that had been donated to
buy red and white suits. They were named the Potts Camp
Cardinals for the first time. Mr. Thomas had good teams.
We also had
a new commercial department. Mrs. Dunn was the first
teacher; she helped us with our school paper The
Windy Waves. Later she married the superintendent
of education, Mr. Curd. He bought out The South
Reporter, and she quit teaching and helped him with
the county paper. Those were Depression years and we
didnt have much money but we enjoyed school. Miss
Eason, music teacher, presented many programs with glee
clubs and with Sarah Myers, tap dancing and expression
teacher. I will always love Potts Camp School!
years, Worth Dunn, an eye, ear, nose and throat
specialist in Florida, has been giving a full scholarship
to a deserving Potts Camp High School senior who would
not be able to attend otherwise. Dr. Dunns mother
died young, and his dad had to work. All the children
were in school, so Mr. Butler let Worth attend school at
age 4 with the other children. Mr. Butler was a good man!
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