Thursday, April 6, 2006
Locals attend art exhibit and reception at Ole Miss recently
A large group of students from Jerry Martin’s student government class at Potts Camp School and a group of teachers and their families enjoyed a trip to Washington, D.C. over spring break. Fifty-two people were in the group.
Among them were Ray and Pat Kennedy, Jerry Martin and wife Articue and Lynn McCallum, coach Chris Ferrell, Todd Sanderson, Lorene Mitchell, Cary and JoAnn Mayer and their daughter, Julie Mayer.
Don Randolph’s write-up in The South Reporter about the old gym and Coach Stone was interesting. I remember that before the first game was played, “Open House” was held there. On the wall was a huge picture of Colonel E.F. Potts, first settler of the Potts Camp area. He was my great-great-grandfather. (I didn’t know it until then.)
Molly and William Byers of Big Sandy, Tenn., visited relatives in this area last week. She is the sister of David Greer Sr. Jackie Greer and Lynn Greer are also her brothers. They stayed overnight with her sister-in-law, Billie Margaret Benefield.
Happy birthday to Judy Hart Forester and also Coby Bridges on April 2; to Barbara Pipkin on April 8; to Zach Mayer on April 9; to Lisa Goolsby Murphy on April 10; to Denise Cook on April 11; to Hailey McMinn on the 12th; happy birthday to my sister, Ann P. Hill on April 15; also Kym Gurley Morris on April 15.
My granddaughter, Liesa Blond, called from San Antonio, Tx. Her son, Nathan, is doing fine. Her daughter, Julia, age 13, also talked to me. She wants me to send her the story of Potts Camp and how it was started. I’m happy when family members become interested in it.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Billie Jean Conlee, age 68, in her recent death. Services were held on Sunday, March 26 at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial was in the Temperance Hill Cemetery. She leaves her mother, Lena Westmoreland; her husband, Herbert Conlee; three sons, Jerry Conlee, Bobby Conlee and Allen Conlee; two daughters, Sherry Ritcher and Debbie Ralph; two brothers, Jimmy Westmoreland; one sister, Shirley Brandon; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Lillie Mae Ford in her recent death. She leaves a large family. Services were held on Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Thanks to Jackie Luther for the delicious vegetable soup and cornbread and for her visit. She has been a friend for a long time.
Attending the art exhibit and reception on the Ole Miss campus last Thursday evening for Rev. Don Newton, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Potts Camp Charge, were Rev. and Mrs. Don Newton, Mr. and Mrs. Talmadge Edwards, Mrs. Mabel Day, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Poole, Mr. and Mrs. Mitch Stone Jr., and Mary Minor. Rev. Newton’s pottery exhibit, “The Human Condition” is part of his bachelor of fine arts thesis work.
John Nelson and wife, Susan, visited his sister, Mary Lois Gurley and family on Saturday and enjoyed “breakfast with the family.” That afternoon Susan accompanied Joan Gurley, Lisa, Keri and Mark Murphy and Mary Minor to the park for the school’s “Spring Fling.” At 2 p.m. the group attended the third grade class play, “The Crowded House,” directed by Heather Joyner. Joan’s grandson, Hunter Farr, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Brad Farr, was one of the characters. Everyone was impressed with the presentation, stage setting, costumes and overall performance of the students. Costumes were made by Hayden Wilkerson’s great-grandmother “Maw” Wilkerson.
Prayer list: Lena Fay Work, Roy Foote, Martha Ross, Ollie Mansel, Lucille Hutchens, Mary Jo McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Don Jamieson, Evan Watts, Diane Clayton, Robert Hugh King, Donna Marrett, Betty Fincher, Pauline Hutchens and Hazel Foote (sisters). Pray for those who have lost loved ones, also for the American soldiers fighting overseas.
The small boy who lived next door when I was a child was Hayes Henderson; I would meet him at the fence and laugh at his jokes. Later he moved away with his family.
Hayes was the son of George Henderson, brother of one my favorite teachers, Susie Henderson and her sister, Nettie Henderson. Later Hayes came back to Potts Camp to attend Potts Camp High School and live with his aunts.
Our new Methodist pastor was Rev. Lester James; he was also our school teacher. He took us on field trips; we enjoyed that. Rosalie James, the older daughter, was my special friend; he and Hayes began to like each other, he came around the parsonage when he could. He also had a girlfriend in Holly Springs; they danced together. One day Hayes visited his cousin Mary Ann and family in Arkansas; while on vacation he wrote to both girls.
After returning home he went to the parsonage, but Rosalie and her sister saw him coming so they ran in the house; his friend in Holly Springs also gave him the cold shoulder. He said, “What is wrong with you?” She said, “My name is not Rosalie.” He had put the letters in the wrong envelopes.
After graduation Hayes moved away, married and helped rear three children.
Later he came back to this area and bought the Hitching Post at Holly Springs.
His aunts Susie and Nettie Henderson were getting old, so he moved in with them and cared for them; they left their home to him.
Hayes became a member of Potts Camp Methodist Church; T.M. Stone was the adult Sunday school teacher of a large class. Hayes drove his friends, Harry and Rose Jones, wherever they wanted to go. Sometimes the entire Sunday school class would drive to New Albany for lunch after church services. Mr. Stone always treated the class to lunch on Christmas. Those were happy days!
Hayes became bailiff at Marshall County Courthouse and really enjoyed his job. One day he fell down the steps and was rushed to the hospital where he died.
We miss our friend Hayes and his funny jokes!
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