Thursday, January 5, 2006

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Family and friends honor Willie Miller on her birthday

Happy New Year to all! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas; I did. I heard from friends and South Reporter readers and relatives from many states, with lovely cards and some gifts. I thank them.

Francis and Andrea Redding attended the recent wedding of their grandson, Jason Green; Emily Green, daughter of the Reddings, is Jason’s mother. The lovely bride was Megen Evans; Jason met her at college. The lovely wedding was held at the Church of The Latter Day Saints in Washington, DC. Jason spent two years at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and two years stationed in Russia. Congratulations to the couple.

When Rev. Steve Wilson of the Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ brought me a large basket of fruit, I remembered the Christmas Day many years ago, about 1994, when I was home alone; the roads and streets were frozen over. Bro. Steve and a friend came, bringing me a basket of goodies and visited me and prayed for me. They were the only people I saw that day!

Joyce Clayton and Faye Stanton drove to Baptist DeSoto Hospital on Tuesday to visit their brother, Jamie Smith. He had passed out for a long period of time, and the doctors were running tests to find his trouble. Jamie and wife Faye Smith live in Olive Branch.

Mitch and Jeanette Stone and daughter Emily spent the Christmas holidays in Las Vegas, Nev., visiting their other daughter, Holley and Mike Muraco and son, Jordan.

Bernice Young and daughter, Martha Ross enjoyed a trip to Memphis on Christmas Day.

Willie Miller was honored by her family and friends on her birthday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day.

Christmas Day guests of Jean Whaley were her family, Kathy and David Pannell, Daryl and Joanna; Joan and Charles Kelly; Dickey and Anita Day, and Joanna Whaley; Daryl and Angela, Andrea and Anna Grace Whaley; Laura and Mike Davis, Carrie, Dillard, Zach and Leslie; Leslie and Bits, Gary and Chelsea Stanton and her friend, Kyle Pointer. They had a wonderful day!

Kathy Pannell celebrated her birthday on Dec. 27. We hope she had a happy one. Kathy grew up in Potts Camp; she is Jean Whaley’s sister.

The family of Pauline Hutchens honored her on Christmas Day with a birthday dinner. Her birthday was Dec. 26. Those attending were her children, Sonny Skelton, Sue Erwin and Stanley Skelton; great-grandchildren and other relatives also attended. Thirty-three people enjoyed the celebration.

I enjoyed Rodney Whaley and daughter Lori when they visited me recently and brought some useful items from Potts Camp Bank. Rodney and Danny are special friends!

I also enjoyed other friends during Christmas, Travis and Annie Spears, Mary Minor, Charles Henderson. Thanks to Temperance Hill Baptist Church, who left us nice basket of fruit on my porch; and others, Bethlehem Methodist Church; Jeanette Dunning brought it.


Friendship is a priceless treasure, and a gift from God! Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times. There is something that is more healing than miracle drugs and more valuable than all the money the world offers. It is friendship, of course! It lifts our spirit when we know that someone cares, and is concerned about us.

Christ is our greatest friend. He loves us, trusts us and believes in us. When there is no love, there can be no friend. That is why Christ did not give up on us, even when man did his worse at the cross.

Kneeling At the Alter

I had a burden in my heart
It weighed so much right from the start
The Spirit’s peace made it depart
I left my burden there
I doubted all the coming days
With atom bombs and future haze
Can Satan triumph in his ways?
I left my doubts right there
I felt while kneeling down in prayer
His holy presence bright and fair
My fears, my doubts, my great despair
I left them all right there
   —Lindy’s Newsletter

Put God first in your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself.Get well wishes to Earl Taylor, who is very ill. He needs our prayers.

Betty Fincher had her Christmas dinner on Friday; her daughter, Connie Work, had hers on Sunday. Family members attended both days.

Henry Tutor and his grandson, William, drove to Pontotoc on Christmas Day to the home of his stepdaughter, Penne, for a family Christmas dinner. Henry’s daughter, Reginia Thompson, is in a nursing home in Pontotoc. We are sorry. Pray for her.

Happy birthday to anyone who has a January birthday. That page is missing from my birthday book, which is 10 years old.

Keith and Bonnie Mayer of Olive Branch mailed me a picture of their two cute sons, Ethan and Mason, and Chad and Mary Beth Mayer of Myrtle sent a picture of their cute son, Jackson. Thanks to them! They are sons of Cary and Jo Ann Mayer, special friends.

Mary and Jimmy hosted the Hollingsworth Christmas dinner at their home in Tupelo. All of their four children and their families attended. I received many gifts and calls from them, also from Betty’s family and Danny and Elizabeth.

Prayer list: J.T. Gravatt, Martha Ross, Dovie Jo Humphreys, Ollie Mansel, Hazel Foote, Ray Foote, Lina May Rhea, Terrell Lowery, Jean Derryberry, Juanita Howell, Betty Fincher, Donna Marrett, Dene Randolph, Maxine Potts, Lena Fay Work, Adelle Hudson, June Pearson, Mary Jo McCallum, Lucille Hutchens, Willie Thomas Wicker.


Cornersville, a community where Marshall, Benton and Union counties meet, was once a horse station for stage coaches; it is older than Holly Springs and was incorporated at one time. (Later the charter was surrendered.)

Supplies for the famous store of Kent Marett, who died at the age of 96 in 1972, came to Potts Camp depot in the early days. The roads were so rough, a wagon drawn by mules was used to pick up barrels of flour, sugar and boxes of many items, all sizes.

Mr. Kent and his wife had three sons, Fred, Miller and E.J. Marrett; they are all deceased. E.J. will be remembered as our football hero. All of their sons were special; I really liked Miller and wife Jean, and I love Donna, E.J.’s wife.

Mr. Kent’s father was Capt. E.J. Marett, who served in the Mississippi legislature before 1900, and helped write the present state Constitution. He was a civil engineer and surveyed all the land in the surrounding area. Capt. Marett fought in the Civil War; he was captured and taken to a Federal prison camp on Johnson Island in the Mississippi River. He married America Ann Jones Massey, widow of Potts Massey, who died in the war. Capt. Marett died in 1917.

Mr. Kent sold hundreds of items in his large store, including hats, shoes, clothes, groceries, medicine, etc. Ben Kirk was his helper, then later Mr. Nelms. The store has been sold.

I remember visiting the old store with its pot-bellied stove, sitting in a box of dirt; men sat around chewing tobacco. I was amused by the old fashion cheese slicer, the coffee grinder, the platform scales and the old school bell used by Mr. Kent’s sister, Dot Marett, who taught in county school for many years. I remember meeting her many years ago; she was very friendly. Most of all I enjoyed the walls of the old store, covered with all advertisements from the past. A few of them were The Phillip Morris Bell boy, Gulf Oil posters and huge, beautiful calendars of the past.

At one time all the people in Cornersville worshiped in one church. In 1930 Mr. Kent helped build a brick Methodist church next door to the store. It is a part of the Potts Camp Methodist charge. The Baptists also built a lovely brick church in that area, also a parsonage.

The children in that area attend Potts Camp School and West Union School. Most of the families receive mail from Potts Camp post office; however, some of it comes from Hickory Flat post office.

When I was teenager, I remember attending revivals, singings and homecomings in the first church with friends. Several of my classmates lived in Cornersville. The roads were so bad, some of them stayed overnight with me if they wanted to attend a program or a ball game at night.

We enjoyed “dinner on the ground.” Those were happy days!

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