Thursday, January 12, 2006

Potts Camp News
Dale Hollingsworth

Billie Benefield visits family in Ohio during holidays

Happy New Year!

Thanks again to the wonderful people who helped make the last few weeks so special for me. God’s blessings to them!

Jamie Smith, brother of Joyce Clayton, has been home from the hospital for a week; he has been seriously ill. We are thankful that he is feeling better.

We were saddened by the recent death of Dovie Jo Humphreys, age 68. We send our sincere sympathy and love to her family; she was a member of First Baptist Church in Potts Camp, where her funeral was held on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 1. A large crowd attended. She was a kind, loving person with a large family and a host of friends. We all loved her!


Diane Stanton, my neighbor, will have surgery on Jan. 10. I had it a week earlier. Get well wishes to her!

Jimmy and Martha visited me on Wednesday. They were returning home to Tupelo from Memphis, where he had a checkup after recent surgery. I’m thankful he is all right.

Iva (Brownlee) Smith of Thaxton called on Wednesday to wish me a Happy New Year. She is a special friend!

Get well wishes to two former Potts Camp residents who are in the hospital, C.M. Alvis at Baptist East and his sister (Boots) Loretta Lou Alvis, who fell recently and broke her leg.

Happy birthday to Joann Potts on Jan. 7 and to Andrea Potts, her granddaughter, on Jan. 7; to John Forester and Sarah Lambert Hollingsworth on Jan. 8; to Audry Poole on Jan. 11 and Hazel Ferrell, and Suzette Hollingsworth on Jan. 12. Happy birthday to Olivia Blond on Jan. 16, also Wendy Lilas on Jan. 16, and to Elizabeth Hollingsworth on Jan. 17; and Leslie Vanstory Gurley on Jan. 17.

Young Evan Watts, son of the late Donna Ruth Ash Watts, and David Watts has made very little improvement after being badly injured in a jeep accident with his brother three weeks ago. Floy Ash, his grandmother, spends many days with him in Memphis hospital. Please pray for Evan’s recovery. Flick Ash is the grandfather of the boys.


Steps for a Happy New Year

1. Have hope for tomorrow, have faith in God and trust Him, and your fellow man.

2. The psalmist said, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” (He didn’t say next week, he said today.)

3. Don’t make money the most important thing in your life. We all need it, but don’t dwell on it all the time.

4. Find the purpose God has for your life. There is no one exactly like you, and He has a purpose for you.

5. Look for the beauty in others; we should overlook the flaws, and search for their beauty. Show people you love them.

6. Never think you are better than someone else. God made us all!

7. Smile, laugh and try not to dwell on misfortunes.

8. Study God’s word and pray, asking God what He wants you to do. Accept Christ as your savior and make Him Lord of your life.

9. Help those in need.

My Daily Creed

Let me be a little kinder, let me be a little blinder, To the faults of those about me; let me praise a little more.
Let me be when I am weary, just a little bit more cheering.
Let me serve a little better, Those who I am striving for.
Let me be a little braver, when temptation bids me waver.
Let me strive a little harder, to be all the things I should be.
Let me be a little meeker to a brother who is weaker.
Let me think more of my neighbor and a little less of me.
Happy wedding anniversary to Garrie and Sherry Colhoun on Jan. 20.
For many years we enjoyed the column in The South Reporter by Claiborne Thompson of Holly Springs. We are sorry about her recent death. Thanks to Rev. Milton Winter for his recent article about her. I enjoyed it. She was a wonderful reporter.

A cousin, Sank Owen, sent out his annual newsletter this year. It is always interesting. He lives in Aberdeen; some people remember when he taught in Potts Camp as a young man; then he was drafted.

Get well wishes to Diane Stanton, who had surgery on Tuesday at New Albany Hospital. She is the wife of David Stanton; they are my neighbors.

The picture “Sisters Only” from Waterford in last week’s paper caught my eye. I was surprised that most of the sisters were my friends of long ago, and their mother, Callee (Odell) Johnson was a former classmate of mine in the ’30s. The sisters are Frances Westmoreland, Mary Ann Day, Evelyn, Linda and Debbie.

Edward Burris and daughter, Virginia of Aberdeen, visited Mary Lois Gurley and several family members recently. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Burris, friends of long ago.

Betty drove me to Williams Clinic in Potts Camp on Tuesday for a checkup; we were glad to see friends, Barbara Pipkin and Jo Ann Mayer and daughter, Julie. Dr. Boatwright and staff are wonderful. I love all of them.

Billie Margaret Benefield visited her sister, Mary Howard in Ohio during Christmas. While she was there, Mary’s son, Terry, had gastro surgery (stomach) and passed away. We send them our love and sympathy.

Get well wishes to Mrs. Williams of New Albany, mother of Pat Westmoreland, Potts Camp librarian, who fell recently and injured her hand.

Emily Stone’s mother, Jeanette Stone and her sister, Nancy Green, drove her back to college a few days ago. She will graduate this spring.

Prayer list: Evan Watts, grandson of Floy and Flick Ash; Terrell Lowery, Lena Faye Work, Betty Fincher, Maxine Potts, Roy Foote, Lucille Hutchens, June Pearson, Ollie Mansel, Hazel Foote, Donna Marett, Willie Miller, Ladine Randolph, Pauline Hutchens, Dorothy Forester, Martha Ross, Jessie Pipkin, Willie Thomas Wicker.


My dad always looked forward to “The Commercial Appeal” every morning; he enjoyed the article written by Mr. Copeland about his advertisers.

In the ’30s Mr. Copeland drove his wife to his native state of Mississippi; first they stopped in Byhalia to see friends. He said that when he crossed that imaginary line into his home state it seem the grass was a little greener and the birds sang a little sweeter. In Holly Springs they enjoyed the historic homes and churches, but when they reached Potts Camp they were tired. A sign on Church St. with “Williams Hotel” on it caught his eye, so they stopped for the night.

Julia Williams and her daughters, who operated the hotel, had a delicious supper for their guests. Several Potts Camp teachers who were there invited Mr. and Mrs. Copeland to attend a musical at Potts Camp School that night; they also asked him to make a talk to the people. Miss Elizabeth Heard, home economics teacher, and Miss Eugenia Stroup, English teacher, were two of the teachers.

I remember the program well; my young brother, Bennie Potts, was dressed for the part, and sang “The Pullman Porter Blues” and also danced to it. Most of my friends were in the program with me. It was fun. Mr. Copeland spoke on “God and our country.” He was a smart man.

The next morning he visited Greer & Greer store and others before leaving for Memphis. He wanted to know the history of our town.

We were all anxious to read Mr. Copeland’s article in the paper the next day. He told about their trip and how they enjoyed the good food and the large bedroom at the Williams Hotel with the high ceilings and a warm fireplace. Then he told about the special, talented, young people who were in the program, also the friendly teachers at the school. He also mentioned the young boy who sang and danced so well to “The Pullman Porter Blues.” We are proud of our wonderful schools and special teachers we have had over the years.

God has blessed us!

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