Thursday, December 29, 2005

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Christmas holidays bring family and friends together

Happy New Year to everyone!

Pray for J.T. Gravatt who is having surgery. He is the husband of my cousin, Ernestine Watts Gravatt. They live in Memphis.

On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Smith family members met at Olive Branch for dinner and a reunion. Attending were Joyce Clayton, Verla Mae Stanton, Faye Stanton and their brother, Jamie Smith and wife, Faye. (Their other brother, Wayne, was unable to attend.) Their mother, Dayle Smith, was a friend of mine and a member of our church.

On December 20, Danny and Elizabeth and three teenage sons, Luke, Clark and Jake, visited in my home before driving to Memphis on a shopping trip.

Lela and Haven Hale visited with Betty Greer at my home on Friday and brought gifts for us. On Sunday when Betty and Bobbie Clayton visited the home of Lela and Kerry Hale, they were all saddened. Their favorite dogs were killed on the highway. Haven, Brook and Alana are their daughters.

Dinner guests of Joel and Joyce Clayton on Christmas Day were her children, Mirion and David Hunsucker of Ashland; Tammie and daughter, Kinsey, of Myrte; and Lynn and Martha Goolsby and children, Hanna and Jamie.

Jimmy Hollingsworth of Tupelo is recuperating nicely in his home from recent surgery. We are thankful for his recovery.

Mary Lois Gurley was honored by family and friends on her birthday, Dec. 23. She has a wonderful family. Mary Lois and her late sister, Thelma, were my classmates in the first grade in the new school built in 1925. (Still part of Potts Camp School.)

The family of Cary and Joann Mayer were at home for the holidays. They are Casey and wife, Kym and boys; Keith and Bonnie and two boys; Chad and Mary Beth and son; and daughter, Julie, home from college.


In a world where the rich and famous are offered special treatment, it’s encouraging to know that every child of God has access to the heavenly Father.

Psalm 145:18 says, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”

We feel the warmth of Christ’s love when we obey His commandment to love and serve others.

We all may accomplish great things in life, but the greatest thing is to love. Of all that we have done or will ever do, only love endures.

“Now abide faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13.

We send our sympathy and love to the family of Mr. Lyles Dehart of Waterford in his death. His wife worked several years in the Potts Camp School cafeteria.

We also send our love and sympathy to the family of Richard Paul Robinson of Waterford, age 51, in his recent death.

Happy birthday to Mary Ellen Bowling, (she is a special friend), on Dec. 26, and to Jamie Elizabeth Baker, Dec. 26, my sister Ann’s granddaughter.

Happy birthday to my brother-in-law, Herman Hill, on Dec. 27 and granddaughter, Brittany Griffin on Dec. 31, and Pebble Gadd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone on Dec. 31.

Bob Hollingsworth, my late husband’s youngest brother, suffered a light stroke recently and spent a few days in Amory hospital. Get well wishes to him. Bob and his wife, Lula, live in a home he built on the site of the old Hollingsworth homeplace in Athens, a few miles from Aberdeen. They had a large farm with truck patches and orchards when L.D. took me there in 1936 for the first time. I have many happy memories of those Depression years.

Eddie Mosley and wife, Misty, and children of Alabama, visited his mother, Shirley Smithwick and her sister, Annie Sue, and Ashley Colellas during Christmas.

Thanks to friends and relatives who made my recent birthday a happy one. Among the guests who brought me gifts of food and fruit were Janis Alderson and young grandson, Jac Tyler; Mable Day, Dorothy Dickey, David Fuller, Jeanette Dunning, who brought a fruit basket from Bethlehem United Methodist Church, and Susan Howell from Potts Camp Methodist Church.

We are thankful that T.M. Stone is feeling better. Remember him in your prayers. He and Annie Ruth are special friends.

Thanks to Temperance Hill Baptist Church for the nice basket of fruit they left on my porch. I enjoyed reading the devotional in it, also.

Every Christmas and birthday card I have received is like a gift; I treasure all of them, and love the people who sent them.

We were saddened by the death of Everett Cooper, age 78. We send love and sympathy to his wife, Kathryn; his two sons, Mike and Larry; his two brothers, Joe and Dan; his sister, June Hayes; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were held Thursday with Bro. Don Newton officiating. Burial was in Cornersville.

Prayer list: Lina Mae Rhea, Jean Derryberry, Roy Foote, the grandson of Floy and Flick Ash, Evan Watts; Martha Ross, Lucille Hutchens, Terrell Lowery, June Pearson, Lena Faye Work, Pauline Hutchens, Ollie Mansel, Hazel Foote, Dorothy Forester, Mary Lois Gurley, Betty Fincher, Ladine Randolph, Willie Miller, Donna Marett, Mary Jo McCallum, and Willie Thomas Wicker.

Happy birthday to Rhonda R. Smothers and Will Forester on Dec. 29; to Pam Gurley on Dec. 30; and Sarah Grace Knight on Dec. 31.


One of God’s special blessings is the sound of music. When we sing hymns we feel God’s presence, or when we sing patriotic songs we feel the love of our country. Christmas Carols are very special.

When we had the old Victrola standing in the hall, I learned the power of music as a child. My dad brought home Jimmie Rodgers records when he went to the railroad hospital in St. Louis every year for a check-up.

We played them so much, I felt like I was standing by the watertank just waiting for that train. At school we had chapel programs. Sometimes we sang songs like “My Country Tis of Thee” or “God Bless America”. Miss Eugenia Eason, our music teacher, had glee club. Some of the girls who sang it it were Ruth Cook, Rosalie James, Ruth Watson, Lurline Cook, Warrene Cook, Annie R. Holley, Mary and Margaret Alvis, Dale Potts, Bessie E. Bellew and others.

Miss Eason and Sarah Myers, tap dancing and expression teacher, presented some wonderful musical program. We really enjoyed being in those special programs.

My dad bought a radio in the early days. We listened to the Grand Ole Opry in the dining room on Saturday night. Late at night, I listened to the sounds of the Big Music Band, broadcast from the roof of Hotel Peabody, where people danced. Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller were two of my favorites. Listening to music can give us many hours of enjoyment. It makes you forget your troubles and feel good all over. I’m glad God made music.

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