Thursday, April 20, 2006
Fish fry benefits Evan Watts
Special services were held at all the local churches. We hope everyone had a happy, safe Easter. Children enjoyed Easter egg hunts in several families. Mary Lois Gurley’s family always have a big Easter egg hunt for her large family.
Some of the historical accounts in The Heritage News were very interesting. Thanks to Ann Babin, editor. “A Long Time Suffering” by Sylvia Seymour Akin on tuberculosis should be read by everyone. People today don’t realize how serious it was. I remember when people were fined for spitting on the streets in Potts Camp. My mother’s dad was Dr. T.C. Harris, so she warned me not to let my great aunts kiss me at my grandparents’ house; Aunt Ida and Aunt Betty always did anyway. They were grandpa’s sisters. Later, one of Aunt Betty’s daughters died with TB while very young. That was a wakeup call for me! Sylvia also had pictures drawn by someone of her late mother, Margaret Alvis Seymour (a special friend of mine). She had a twin sister, Mary. Allene Teel’s memories were good. Some of her childhood years were similar to mine.
The first meeting of the Marshall County Genealogical Society was held in the Holly Springs Library in January. Chuck Thomas, marshall County chancery clerk, was the speaker. Records at the Marshall County Courthouse need to be stored; he asked for volunteers to place them in the new cabinets.
Michelle Woodham presented two CDs of photos she had made at Hill Crest Cemetery. She spent hours making pictures of graves there.
Also Judy Otto and the Search and Rescue dogs presented the program in February. Michelle Woodham was the program leader for March. Her hobby is making pictures of graves at cemeteries (including Hill Crest). She donated them to the library.
President Johnnie Carter and husband recently completed a project at the Marshall County Courthouse. They are to be commended for their work. They presented the last program in April.
A benefit fish fry for Evan Watts was held at FBC on Thursday. Evan is the grandson of Floy Ash and Flick Ash.
Thanks to Lela Hale and family for the nice Easter gifts and a photo of their family members.
On Thursday, friends Don Clayton, Estelle and Ganus Gadd, James and Louise Jennings visited Trinity Missions and sang for them.
Thank you everyone for the beautiful Easter cards received.
Betty Greer attended a bridal shower for friends Abbey Speck and Quince Stroud on Sunday afternoon, April 9, at Salem Methodist Church in Etta. They received many lovely gifts.
I was happy to see my friend, Mary Jo Whaley on Tuesday when she visited in my home. She and her husband, Fred Whaley and their families are special to me; they are also relatives.
Happy birthday to Jason Pannell on April 23, grandson of my sister, Ann and Herman Hill.
Happy birthday to Lindsey Morgan Potts on April 23. Happy birthday to Olivia Dickey on April 26; granddaughter of friends George and Dorothy Dickey; to Brooke Hale, daughter of Kerry and Lela Hale on April 28; also to Western Rowland on April 28. Happy birthday to my granddaughter, Tracy H. Pipkin of Saltillo on April 29 and to David Qualls on April 29, husband of my niece Pam; to Lauren Dickey on April 30; also granddaughter of Dorothy and George Dickey.
Prayer list: Mary Jo McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Donna Marett, Evan Watts, Roy and Hazel Foote, Lena Faye Work, Ella Rea Whaley, Lucille Hutchens, Willie Thomas Wicker, Jessie Pipkin, Lena Mae Rhea, Juanita Howell, Diane Clayton, Martha Ross. Pray for those who have lost loved ones; for our leaders and most of all, men who are dying for us in service for our country.
Pray for the sick and people who suffer.
When everything seems hopeless, and life
is hard to bear
Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. We are thankful that He arose the third day. We praise His holy name!
I’ll never forget Miss Faye Vaughan (later Peel) the daughter of Potts Camp’s first doctor. She was the music teacher at the first Potts Camp School located near the Potts Camp Methodist Church in 1913. She presented the first Tom Thumb wedding that year. The lovely bride was Annie Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Taylor who owned a business in town. I loved Florence Taylor, her mother. Oscar Williams, son of Julia Williams, who owned Williams Hotel, was the handsome groom. Later, Annie Taylor married a Potts Camp doctor, Dr. Grant, and they moved to Holly Springs. They had two children and they lived there until their deaths. Daddy liked Dr. Grant.
Others in the wedding were Henry Jones, nephew of Miss Faye Vaughan; Faye Mayer, my cousin, was one of the bridesmaids; Wesley Cook, a neighbor was one of the groomsmen; others were Lewis Potts (my uncle), Anna Cook, Lurline Bellew, Myrtle Cook, Louis Powell, Effie and Alana Fuller and Roy Bellew. (Louie was my dad’s cousin).
Miss Faye married Mr. Peel and he died young. He brought the first car to town, a one-seated turnabout. She worked in Potts Camp State Bank with Robert Greer, then became postmistress in 1932. Miss Faye played the organ at Potts Camp Methodist Church and taught an adult Sunday school class.
She sold war bonds during the war, and helped families in this area who needed to contact their soldier relatives overseas. After she retired as postmistress, she was called to attend a convention of Mississippi Chapter of National Association in Jackson. She was presented a citation of Merit for her wonderful work by the postmaster general.
Miss Faye, as we called her, was a lovely person who helped everyone. She played for weddings and funerals. She loved dogs; one day when she was playing for a wedding, her dog came down the aisle in front of the couple and started howling. (She thought he was at home.) He had to be taken out.
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