Thursday, April 27, 2006
Lamar and Mable Day celebrate
We enjoyed reading about the 68th annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage in The South Reporter. It is a wonderful town with an interesting history.
Thanks again for the lovely gifts, cards and visits I received during Easter.
Dinner guests of Joel and Joyce Clayton on Easter Sunday were her children, Merion and David Hunsucker of Ashland and daughter Tammie of Myrtle, also Lynn and Martha Goolsby, Hanna and Jamie of Potts Camp.
Jack Clayton of Kentucky, son of Joel Clayton, has been visiting his dad, Joel and Joyce Clayton for several days. They went fishing, but the wind was too high to catch fish.
Congratulations to Dr. Walter Wicker, son of my friend, Willie Thomas Wicker and the late Richard Fenton Wicker. He is director of University Libraries at Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Wicker has been selected recipient of the Thomas Jackson Magee Ross Endowed Professorship at Louisiana Tech University. He is a graduate of Potts Camp High School, the University of Mississippi, Louisiana State University and Florida State University.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Faye Turpin in the death of her sister, Lorene Scott, age 85, of Florida.
Jean Whaley had 40 people for dinner on Easter Sunday; all her children and their families were present, also Kathy and David Pannell and their children and family. Others attending were cousins Bobby and Bonnie Pierce, who will be in their new home in Byhalia by May 1 (he grew up in Potts Camp). Also Joan and Charles Kelly were present. They are selling their home in Memphis and plan to move to Mississippi. The children had a large egg hunt after dinner.
Get well wishes to Liesa Rymes’ son, Jimmy, a teenager who is suffering from a bad injury. His neck was broken. Please pray for him.
Mike Ketterer of New Jersey spent a week recently with his mother, Annie Sue Colella, her daughter, Ashley and her sister, Shirley Smithwick. They drove him to the airport in Memphis. They all enjoyed his visit.
I. All things work together for good that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
II. For better or worse you and I are the ones Jesus depends on to tell the world how He lived, and died on the cross to save us from our sins.
III. Can He depend on us to strengthen the Kingdom of God, just as He depended on those first disciples? Today’s Christians are all He has, and He is depending on us.
IV. The millions of people who are still Christ’s followers are a tribute to the compassion of His command and the abiding fellowship of His presence and power.
By feeding on your blessed word, dear Lord, I will no longer weak and childlike be; As I listen to your spirit’s voice May Christlike love and grace be seen in me.
V. Do a deed of simple
kindness, though the end you may not see
VI. In Matthew 9, Jesus reminded His disciples that a good harvest was waiting, but the laborers were few. He also reminds us that today!
Thanks to friends, Jack and Mary Louise Merrill of Germantown, who sent a special Easter card and letter to me. Her mother, the late Warrine (Reid) Oakley, was also my friend; she was the granddaughter of the late Mary A. Reid (daughter of Colonel and Elizabeth Potts, the town’s first settlers). She gave land for Potts Camp schools and churches for both races, the Potts Camp Cemetery and the right-of-way for the Frisco Railroad. Mary Reid School and Reid’s Gift Baptist Church were named for her.
Happy birthday to Doris Poole and also her husband, Arthur Poole, who both have a birthday on May 1. Holley Stone Muraco, daughter of Mitch and Jeanette Stone, also has a birthday on Wednesday, May 1; and Jim Hart on May 1. Happy birthday to them!
Happy birthday to Lela Hale, a special friend, on May 1, and to George Dickey on May 3, and Robby Goolsby on May 2.
Happy wedding anniversary to Mable and Lamar Day on May 1.
Correction for two mistakes in last week’s South Reporter. In the memories, Annie Taylor’s sister, Sue Taylor, was the one who married Dr. Grant. Their daughter is Annie Sue Bright. She was a cute little girl. Also Joyce Clayton, not Don, is the one who sang with the Godds and Jennings at Trinity Missions Nursing Home.
Sometimes my oldest granddaughter, Vickie Winter, a nurse in a nursing home in Nashville, writes to me late at night when all her patients are asleep. Many nurses are angels of mercy, called by God. We are proud of Vickie, daughter of Martha and Jimmy Hollingsworth. She is working to send Vickie and Earl’s two children to college. Zach will graduate in May and plans to get married. Lindsey is their daughter who will graduate later.
Prayer list: Evan Watts, Lisa Rymes’ son Jimmy who fell and broke his neck, Donna Marett, Mary Jo McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Ollie Mansel, Jessie Pipkin, Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Faye Work, Hazel and Roy Foote, Martha Ross, Ella Rea Whaley.
Back in the ‘20s, there were no buildings on the large vacant lot leading to the streets where the stores, post office and depot were located. We walked a path in the middle of the square. Sometimes during the summer months a silent movie with cartoons would pitch a tent there; tickets were 5 cents and 10 cents. James, my older brother, would let me go with them. We liked Tom Mix.
Our family also attended revivals in the town square in a tent. Mother always took a quilt along for my young brother. One special day, about 1930 on Saturday we enjoyed “Traders Day.” The town was filled with people; the merchants thought the Depression was over, so they burned “old man depression” from a pole. Boys were running greased pigs to win a prize.
Now the Potts Camp City Hall, the fire department and stores are on the town square.
Mr. A.Q. Greer was the first Potts Camp Banker, and his wife and he were among the first people to move here, around 1886 when the depot was built and named Potts Camp. It was “Potts Camp State Bank” then and was passed on to Mr. A.Q. Greer’s sons. In 1950, when Robert Greer died, the bank was closed. After that the Bank of Holly Springs built a branch on the town square; it was known as Potts Camp Bank and still goes by that name. Over the years many nice bankers and friends worked there; it was renovated once. When the lovely new bank was built on Hwy. 178 near the old camping site of Colonel E.F. Potts, the Bank of Holly Springs gave our town a special gift, their first bank. It made a wonderful city hall, and the first city hall is now the fire department. Rodney Whaley has been a special Potts Camp banker for many years. We love him. Jimmie Collins has been the Potts Camp mayer for several years.
Until 1974 a small house known as the mayor’s office was located near the site of the present telephone building. The Town Council met there, and we also voted there.
When Roger Clayton became mayor of Potts Camp in 1974 a nice, new city hall was built (now the fire department).
Members of the board of aldermen that year were George (Wilford) Boren, Fred B. Clayton, Henry Jarrett and Maurine Robison was town clerk.
The Potts Camp Fire Department was chartered that year, and the first Potts Camp Fire truck was purchased.
The Fire Department was attached to the city hall; J.C. Pruitt was the first fire chief, then later Carey Mayer filled that position, then Billy Edlin served faithfully until 1985. It was made up of volunteers. Until 1974 we used a huge hose with large wheels that was pushed by hand to fight fires. Many people have served our town well over the years, beginning at the first board meeting in 1888 with only 75 people living here. God has really blessed us!
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