Thursday, April 13, 2006
Joel and Jack Clayton enjoy fishing outing
A large group of children and adults enjoyed the Spring Festival at Potts Camp Park on Saturday. It was sponsored by both schools, Mary Reid and Potts Camp. Food was served at the concession stand and games were played by the children. A singing program with children dressed in pretty costumes was held for an hour at Potts Camp School. They all had fun.
Many of us spent Sunday night watching the weather. We are so sorry for those who lost loved ones and their homes, etc. in the storms and tornadoes. Pray for them.
When David Greer Sr. returned from San Antonio, Tx., recently on his motorcycle after visiting his daughter, Liesa and Carl Blond and family, he brought back large pictures of all the children (Nathan was in his wheelchair). I hadn’t seen them since they moved from France.
Joyce Clayton and her sister, Verla Mae Stanton, who lives in Hickory Flat, visited their brother, Wayne Smith in Southaven on Tuesday, then came by Olive Branch to visit their other brother, Jamie Smith. We are glad that Jamie is feeling better.
Jack Clayton of Bardwell, Ky., and a group of his family members and friends have been fishing at Sardis during last week and staying in a cabin near Holly Springs. Jack’s dad, Joel Clayton, enjoyed fishing with them a few days.
Congratulations to Shaina M. Stanton of Potts Camp and Adam Dowdy of Pontotoc who will be married April 14 in a lovely outdoor wedding at the home of the bride’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gillian Holmes, Old Hwy 78, Potts Camp. She is the daughter of Tammy and Michael Westmoreland of Potts Camp and Allen Stanton of Ripley. The groom is the son of Terry and Holly Dowdy of Pontotoc. Shaina was my friend as a child.
Happy birthday to my sister, Ann P. Hill of Aberdeen and also to Kym Gurley Morris on April 15; to Robbie Taylor on April 16, and Wesley Poole on April 17, to Laura Berta Goolsby on April 20.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Loyd Overall of Falkner in his recent death. His two brothers, Edward Overall and R.L. (Jr.) Overall live in Potts Camp.
Ernestine Gravatt, daughter of my late aunt Grace (Potts) Watts wrote me from Memphis. Her husband, J.T. Gravatt came through his recent operation with flying colors. We are so thankful. She thanked me for putting him on the prayer list. She is expecting her sister, Mary Ann Millican to visit from California. (I look forward to seeing them.)
My daughter, Betty Greer, and Bobbie put flowers on the spring graves of our relatives and family who were buried in Potts Camp Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon. (Bobbie Clayton’s mother is also buried there.)
Prayer: Ollie Mansel, Lena Faye Work, Hazel Foote, Jessie Pipkin, Roy Foote, Lucille Hutchens, Donna Marett, Evan Watts, Dianne Clayton, Don Jamieson, Betty Fincher, Dorothy Forester, Robbie Taylor, Dean Randolph, Adelle Hudson, Jean Derryberry, Robbie Taylor, Dean Randolph, Mary Jo McCallum. Pray for those who have recently lost loved ones. Pray for men in service, in hospitals and all who suffer.
In 1930, Mr. Copeland, a writer for the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, drove his wife to North Mississippi to visit friends in Byhalia and tour the town of Holly Springs and its lovely homes. Mr. Copeland wrote later that when he crossed the imaginary line to his home state of Mississippi, it seemed that the grass was a little bit greener and the birds sang a little sweeter.
When the couple reached Potts Camp they were tired, so when they saw the sign “William Hotel,” they decided to stop and stay overnight. Julia Williams and her daughters were wonderful hostesses, and the food was delicious. The Coplelands met several Potts Camp teachers at the hotel, who insisted they attend a musical program at the school that night. Miss Elizabeth Heard, home economics teacher had met Mr. Copeland before, so she asked him to speak at the program.
Miss Eugenia Eason was the music and glee club teacher, and Miss Sarah Myers of Holly Springs was expression and tap dancing teacher; they presented the program.
I remember the program well, because many friends and class- mates were in it with me. It was called “The Rainbow Follies” with a large rainbow painted on the back wall of the stage, and a pot of gold at the end of it.
Mr. Copeland spoke on “God and our Country.” The next morning he visited the Greers at “Greer and Greer Store,” and asked about the town’s history.
We were glad to read Mr. Copeland’s interesting article in Daddy’s Commercial Appeal the next day.
He told about the spacious bedroom at Williams Hotel with a warm fireplace and comfortable bed; also about the delicious food and delightful school teachers.
Then he mentioned the good actors in the program and the talented young boy who sang and danced “The Pullman Porter Blues;” he was my young brother, Bennie Potts.
As they drove out of town the next day, Mr. Copeland told that his wife said, “Why didn’t you tell me about the interesting people in the friendly town of Potts Camp?”
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