Thursday, March 30, 2006
Dave Greer honored on birthday
Recent guests of T.M. and Annie Ruth Stone were Lela Nichols, Elizabeth G. Hunsucker and Mae Wynn Wren, all former residents of this area. Mae Wynn is a former Potts Camp teacher; all of them attended school here.
Dave Greer, age 6, was honored with a birthday party on March 18 in his home by his parents, David Greer Jr. and Amy Greer; he has a 2-year-old sister, Mary Elizabeth Greer. Dave’s birthday was the 20th. Others attending were his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Junior Williams of Etta and Mr. and Mrs. David Greer Sr. of Cornersville (also other relatives). He received many nice gifts. (This is my family.)
We send our love and sympathy to the family of a friend, Willie Miller, age 76, in her recent death. She had many relatives and friends. Services were held on Saturday at Reid’s Gift Church.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love, for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
We send love and sympathy to the family of Billy Wayne Britt, age 60, in his sudden death on March 16. Services were held on March 18 at Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, where he was a member. Rev. Steve Wilson and Rev. John Vazquez officiated. Survivors include his wife, Frances Britt; a daughter, a sister and two grandchildren, all of Potts Camp.
Happy birthday to Julie Mayer, my neighbor and friend, on March 29; to Judy Hart Forester on April 2, to Coby Bridges on April 3. Happy birthday to Barbara Pipkin, a special friend on April 8, and to Zach Mayer on April 9 and to Lisa Goolsby Murphy on April 10.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of St. Claire (Quiet) Miller in his recent death in Memphis. He was the brother of Lucille Isom of Hickory Flat; they all grew up in Potts Camp.
Prayer list: Lena Faye Work, J.T. Gravatt, Jean Conlee, Don Jamison, Robbie Taylor, Martha Ross, Evan Watts, Robert Hugh King, Adelle Hudson, Roy Foote, Dean Randolph, Pauline Hutchens, Hazel Foote, Mary Jo McCallum, Alene Randolph, Jean Derryberry, her son Jay Derryberry, Lucille Hutchens, Ella Rea Whaley, Willie Thomas Wicker.
Many of us remember the old Dixie Theater located in the first “Greer and Greer” store on Front St.; it was used as a sewing room during the war in the ’40s. It was Potts Camp’s first theater since the silent movies in the ’20s. James and I always enjoyed the silent movies in a large tent on the town square (it cost us five cents). Now it is covered with buildings.
The Dixie Theater in the ’50s soon became very famous. It had a huge colored screen and the movies were brought out of Memphis every weekend. People came from Winborn, Cornersville, Hickory Flat and other surrounding places to enjoy the movie. Willa Floyd sold the tickets and a teenage boy, Charles Burris, ran the projector. A fire one day in the projector room burned both Mrs. Floyd and Charles, but not for long. Soon they were open for business again.
One Sunday afternoon, L.D. kept the younger children so I could go to the Dixie Theater to see “Gone with the Wind.” The show had started when I bought my ticket and some popcorn. Suddenly they called out my name; I had won the door prize, $10. That made me happy! Later one Sunday afternoon Charles Burris was riding his new motorcycle through town. He ran into a car and was killed; he was the age of my younger brother and sister, Lindy and Ann. We attended the funeral; it was so sad. Charles was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Burris, our friends. He had one brother, Edward Burris, who lives in Cordova.
When I visited them, Mr. Eddie told funny stories of his young days in Bethlehem, near Potts Camp. He came to town one day with his dad; he had talked him into letting him wear his new suit of clothes. Potts Camp was a big town to him then. While en route home in the wagon, it rained and his suit started getting wet. It drew up and he could never get into it again. (Mr. Burris lived to be 107. I loved the Burris family.)
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