Thursday, March 16, 2006

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Congratulations to Darrell and Rhonda Lewis

We are so thankful that Evan Watts has greatly improved. (He called his grandmother, Floy Ash, and asked about his dog.) He is also Flick Ash’s grandson. God answers prayers!

The Foreman boys who were injured in the wreck on Hwy. 349 recently are doing well. James, who was airlifted to Tupelo, has come home; his broken leg is healing. We are thankful!

My grandson, Davis Hollingsworth, came back to see me on Tuesday. I’m thankful for him. His other grandmother, Mrs. Hawkins, is very ill. Get well wishes to her. Pray for her.

We ask for special prayers for David Brower in Tupelo Hospital; he is very ill.

Congratulations to the Lynn McCallum family on the birth of a new grandson. Jill and Rodney Stevenson are the proud parents; his name is Hutton Anderson Stevenson. He was born Feb. 3 and weighed nine pounds and three ounces.


I. A favorite Bible verse is “By grace you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8

II. This time of the year we begin to read, study and think about Easter. Jesus Christ was the most perfect person who ever walked the earth, yet He died on the cross for you and me.

III. We can never do enough to thank Him, but we can praise Him every day, and let him lead us to be like Him. I enjoy the song, “He Touched Me.” He touches everyone who wants to live a Christian life. He teaches us to love people more and have compassion for them.

IV. God really loves us to send His only son in our place to die on the cross!

V. A picture of the Emmaus Road is hanging in the Potts Camp Methodist Church. It is a wonderful story about Jesus as he joined two men enroute home, after he had risen from the dead. They did not recognize Him.

Prayer: Help me, dear Lord, to be honest and true in all that I say and all that I do. Give me the courage to do what is right, to give to your world, a glimpse of your light. For Christ’s sake. Amen.

We send our love and sympathy to the family of Samual Eugene Rhea in his recent death. Kay Brownlee is his daughter.

Brooke Hale, a student at Blue Mountain College, is enjoying spring break. She came to see me and brought delicious food. She plans to go back to Canada as a missionary this summer. Brooke is one of the special daughters of Kerry and Lela Hale. Lela is a Potts Camp teacher. Other daughters are Haven Hale, a teacher at Horn Lake this year, and Alana, a Potts Camp High School student.

Lela was named for her great-grandmother, Lela Reed, one of the sweetest women I have ever known. Lela Stevens was also named for her; she is the daughter of the late T.L. and Edith Reed (our friends), so Lela Reed would be her grandmother. I would go to the Reed home when I was a child with my other brother, James. He liked to play ball with the Reed boys, Walter, T.L., Ben, Grant and others. Sally Ball, who married a Smithwick, was their sister; she was older than me, but played with me anyway. We wore black bloomers.

Their home was located down the hill, back of where the Memorial Museum stood (now the fellowship house for the Church of Christ). I have happy memories of the Reeds and Smithwicks.

Happy birthday to Cory Henderson on March 13. He is the grandson of Charles Henderson; also to Melanie D. Poole on March 13; to Makenzee Whaley on March 14; to Ella Rea Whaley on March 15 and Connie Work on March 15; to Kristie Fincher on March 16 and Bob Young on March 17; also Lindsey Sanderson on March 17; to Annie R. Nodd on March 18. Happy birthday to Nathan Carl Blond on March 23. He is the son of Liesa and Carl Blond of San Antonio, Tx., who was hurt in a car-bike accident. He has a broken leg. He is 7 years old.

Doris Walsh, who had recent surgery in Jackson, has returned home from the hospital. She is Fred Whaley’s sister, and a distant cousin of mine.

I received a thank you card from her oldest daughter, Clair Walsh, for the card I sent her while she was hospitalized.

Congratulations to Darrell and Rhonda Lewis, who are proud parents of a new daughter, Jorja Rea Lewis, born Feb. 16. She weighed eight pounds, four ounces. Grandparents are Stanley and Joyce Skelton and Dorothy Lewis and the late Roy Lewis, all of Potts Camp.

Prayer list: Robbie Taylor, Jean Conlee, Randy Harville, L.B. Sides, Doris Walsh, Nathan Blond, Lynda Alexander, Roy Foote, Mary Jo McCallum, Martha Ross, Jean Derryberry, Dean Randolph, Evan Watts, Lucille Hutchens, Ollie Mansel, Don Jamieson, Lena Faye Work, Betty Fincher, J.F. Gravatt, James Earl Turnage and Robert Hugh King.


In the late 1980s, a Potts Camp elementary teacher was teaching her class about the laws of Mississippi. She asked, “Who is the governor of our state?” A small boy called out “Harry Jones!” He knew that if his mom had problems with the lights or water, she always called Harry Jones; they also paid the utility bills at his business.

Harry Jones was born and reared in Potts Camp; he was a descendant of the first Potts Camp doctor and his wife, Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Vaughan. Other first families of Potts Camp were Mr. Jones (also Harry’s grandfather) and Mr. and Mrs. A.Q Greer, the first banker, and Mary Reid, daughter of Colonel and Elizabeth Potts, the first settlers of this entire area, and Mary’s husband, Charlie Reid.

Harry and wife, Rose Jones, tried to make our town a better place to live. She was a Potts Camp School teacher and Methodist Sunday school teacher. Both of them served on the church board and he was mayor several times. At one time, for four years, Harry was a brakesman for the Frisco Railroad.

He also had a fascination for trains and would meet most of them at the crossing when they stopped in Potts Camp.

In 1989, the Burlington Northern Railroad (who bought out the Frisco) made a good will tour from Memphis to Amory in a specially designed train called the “Glacier View.” I

t had five cars and hosted 40 special passengers with a free dinner. Harry was one of the guests chosen for the trip. When the train passed through our town we all said, “There goes Harry!”

Two Barkley buses met the train in Amory and drove the passengers home. Harry talked about it for weeks!

(Both Harry and Rose are deceased; we miss them.)

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