Thursday, March 2, 2005

Potts Camp News
By Dale Hollingsworth

Stork shower honors Amanda Smith

On Friday night, Feb. 18, the Gaither Homecoming was held at BanCorp South Center in Tupelo. Mrs. Joel Clayton (Joyce) and Mrs. Roger Clayton (Kathy) who lives in New Albany attended the event and enjoyed it very much.

The Staci Boone fish fry benefit on Saturday, Feb. 19 at First Baptist Church fellowship hall was a big success. Thanks to all who helped.

I was very happy to see my older son, Jimmy and Martha from Gulfport, last week. Jimmy had recent surgery with a laser beam. He said that it was the easiest surgery he ever had. We are thankful he is alright. Mary Lois Gurley and daughter Joan Gurley drove to Hernando on Sunday and visited the gravesite of her late brother, James Nelson, who died recently.

We are thankful that Larry Edwards’ condition has greatly improved after his illness. Henry Tutor is also feeling better after recovering from a blood clot in his leg.

Sandy Byrd was able to return to “The Parts Place” to work. We are thankful for that.

Members of the Potts Camp FFA, with their leader, Clark Orman, enjoyed a trip to Jackson on Monday, where they ate breakfast with Rep. Jack Gadd.

Get well wishes to Flick Ash, a patient at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Pray for him!

A stork shower was held at the home of Barbara Pipkin for Amanda (Whaley) Smith on Saturday, Feb. 19. A large crowd attended, and she received many nice gifts.

Thoughts

(1) Before Easter comes do you think of Jesus and what He did for you on the cross? Or do we worry about what a new outfit will cost? Are you laying up treasures in Heaven where it will mean the most? Or getting all dressed up so we can boast? Jesus bled, died and arose from the grave for our sinful souls; we should give Him our lives to mold.

(2) O, give us homes built firm upon the Savior.
Where Christ is counselor, head, and guide
Where every child is taught His love and favor,
And gives his heart to God the crucified.

(3) Love found a way to redeem my soul
Love found a way to make me whole
Love sent my Lord to the cross of shame
Love found a way, O, praise His Holy name!

(4) Believe in God’s world and its wonders, believe that the birds will sing.
Believe there is sunshine behind each cloud
And that winter is followed by spring
Believe every prayer is answered by the grace of Heaven above
Believe that a miracle happens every day
Believe in the gift of God’s love

(5) O, Lord, help me to be honest in all I do and say
And grant me grace and power, to live for you each day
For Christ’s sake
Amen.

Former Potts Camp principal of 17 years, A.L. Sanders of Belmont, died recently. We send love and sympathy to his family. Burial was Friday in Belmont.

Happy birthday on March 1 to Cody Gadd (son of Pebble and Jack Gadd), also to Chad Mayer on March 1; to Sherry Hart Colhoun on March 3, and to a special friend, Mary Minor on March 4, to Allyson Pipkin on March 5 and Pat Goode on March 6, also Laverne Nelson on March 5.

Happy birthday to my niece, Pam Qualls of Saltillo on March 8. Pam is the daughter of Joann Potts and the late Rev. C.L. Potts (my brother).

We are thankful that Mike Owen has improved; he and his wife and children have moved to this area, out of Gandy Circle.

The new president of Marshall County Genealogical Society, Bobby Joe Mitchell, wrote a letter to the members in the first 2005 copy of The Heritage News. He told about May 24, 1993 when 12 people who were interested in genealogy met to see if there was enough interest to organize a genealogical society in our county. He named some of the group he remembered. They were Jewell Stover, Dorothy Burkeen, Ruth Mitchell, Louis Potts, Candy Potts, Leona Harris, and Bobby Joe Mitchell. He said that since that time, thousands of dollars have been spent buying research materials for the Marshall County Room in the library, and hundreds of hours of research by the members. He said that the new officers are dedicated to making this one of the best years. (Many of us who are unable to help very much are really interested in the success of the society.)

Prayer list: Fred Taylor, Flick Ash, Jean Derryberry, Evelyn Bready, Lucille Hutchens, Talmadge Edwards, Jene McCallum, Mary Jo McCallum, Adelle Hudson, Maxine Potts, Betty Fincher, Willa Floyd, Diane Clayton, Donna Marett, Mary Lois Gurley, Larry Edwards, Jeannie Houston, Mary Poole, Evelyn Hudson, Roy Foote, Hazel Foote, Lena Faye Work, Jody Young. Pray for the lonely, sick people everywhere, and those who have lost loved ones; also the men and women in service.

Memories

In the ‘80s, a Potts Camp elementary teacher was explaining to her students about how Mississippi laws were made. She told them that the governor was very important; then asked how many of them knew who he was. One little boy raised his hand and answered, “Harry Jones.” He knew that when the lights were out or the water turned off, their parents called “Mr. Jones.”

The late Henry Jones was a busy, helpful man who lived most of his life in Potts Camp with his wife, the late Clara Rose Jones, a school teacher. He owned a business here for over 60 years.

They tried to make this a better town; he was mayor of the town several times, and they were both active members of Potts Camp Methodist Church, until their deaths. His grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Vaughn and Mr. and Mrs. Jones, were among the town’s first settlers after the railroad was built in 1886. Others were A.Q. Greer, first banker, and Mary A. Reid and husband, Charlie. Mary Reid, who was the daughter of Colonel E.F. Potts and wife, Elizabeth — first settlers of this area — gave land for the right of way for the railroad.

She also gave land for Potts Camp Cemetery and land for churches and schools for both races.

Harry and Rose have three daughters, Miss Bettye Rose Jones of Memphis, Mary Frances Fitts of Dallas, Tx., and Kathryn Scarbrough of Houston, Tx. Harry had worked for the railroad and, like my dad, Benton Potts, depot agent, had a love for trains.

In the spring of 1989, the Burlington Northern Railroad made a “good will trip” from Memphis to Amory.

The “Service by design” train with five cars hosted about 40 people with dinner. Henry Jones, who had worked as a brakesman for the Frisco Railroad in the ’30s, was one of the passengers. Most of Harry’s life, when a train passed through town, he was there to watch it. People would say, “Here comes Harry.”

But when the “Glacier View” passed through town they said, “There goes Harry!” Two Berkley buses were at Amory depot to meet the train and drive the passengers home.

(We miss Rose and Harry. They were my friends. I loved their family.)


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