Thursday, May 18, 2006
Jarrett home setting for family celebration
Many people who attended Potts Camp School look forward to the Potts Camp reunion, to be held this year on June 3. Sylvia Seymour Akin of Memphis is planning a reunion of her class there.
Henry and Mary Jarrett hosted a birthday party on Sunday, May 7 for her brother, Clyde Alderson, and sister, Loretta Houston. They both have May birthdays.
Relatives visiting in my home recently were David Hollingsworth of Tupelo, Joan Potts of Olive Branch, Beth Potts and daughters, Lauren Potts and Lindsey Potts of Hernando. Lauren’s shower was held at Hickory Flat that day.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Blane Bates, age 51, of New Albany in his recent death. He was born in Potts Camp and grew up here; also his sister, Shelia.
On the front page of The Daily Journal on Wednesday was a picture of two girls and a dog. The dog, named Beethoven, showed up on the doorsteps of the girls’ grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Sides, one rainy morning; their daughter Alisa Sides found him there, at Palmetto, near Tupelo. (It was a hurricane dog with a name tag, St. Bernard Parish, La.) The girls, Suzette and Sarah Lambert, are the daughters of my grandson, David and Teresa Hollingsworth. Betty and David Greer have kept the honey colored cocker spaniel for several weeks. They finally found the owner and plan to return the dog to them soon (after school turns out) in Humble, Tx.
Thanks to everyone who sent cards and gifts for Mother’s Day!
O, God when I have food, help me to remember the hungry; when I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless. When I am well, help me to remember the sick; when I am happy, help me to remember the sad and lonely, and remembering help me to show compassion and love enough to help by word or deed those things we take for granted.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35
To make your light shine; work with joy, pray with love, share what you have, love deeply and thank God always.
Prayer of Renewal
Free me this day, O Lord, from all the fears of the future, all anxiety about tomorrow, all bitterness toward anyone, all cowardice in the face of danger, all laziness in the face of work, all failure before opportunity, and all weakness when thy power is at hand.
But fill me—
Happy birthday to Cathy Edwards on May 16; and Leah Paige Goolsby on May 16; to Mary Jo Tillman on May 17; to Kevin Poole on May 23; to Fred Whaley on May 24; to April Shaw on May 25; to Mike Muraco and Beverly Goolsby on May 26.
Happy wedding anniversary to Pebble and Jack Gadd on May 26.
Shirley Bready of Covington, Tenn. and her mother, Lucille Kimery of Ashland, visited Joyce and Joel Clayton on Tuesday.
Prayer list: Jimmy Hill, son of Lisa and Freddie Rhynes (he is better); Evan Watts, grandson of Flick and Floy Ash (he has improved); Jean Derryberry; Donna Marett; Mary Jo McCallum; Lena Faye Work; Ladine Randolph; Betty Fincher. Pray for the servicemen, those who have lost loved ones and the sick and lonely.
Gazing at the sky after a refreshing rain, and viewing the handiwork of our Maker, many of us will exclaim, “What a beautiful rainbow!” Those words remind me of a music and dance program in the ’30s, presented by our music and Glee Club teacher, Eugenia Eason. We wore soft pastel colors as we danced out on the stage; we were her chorus girls.
A huge rainbow was painted on the back of the stage with a pot of gold at the end. She called it “The Rainbow Follies.”
Speaking of a pot of gold, many people buried their money during the Civil War, including Colonel Potts, the first settler.
The first house owned by the first Potts Camp banker, A.Q. Greer, was located on Pontotoc St. Later he rented it after building a lovely, large home for his wife and family on Mulberry St.
Lester Greer was the first baby, of Mr. and Mrs. A.Q. Greer, born in Potts Camp in 1887, one year after the Potts Camp depot was built in 1886. The first board meeting was in 1888.
One day, Dave Hamilton was plowing in his field near town and dug up a box of money. He was so excited that he jumped in his wagon and drove his horses to the Potts Camp Bank to tell Mr. Greer. He really needed a home for his family, so he bought Mr. Greer’s first home on Pontotoc St. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton had only one daughter, Nellie Hamilton. Several years later he died, leaving Mrs. Hamilton and his daughter in their home.
They were happy for several years.
Gas was piped to our homes about 1950; Mrs. Hamilton was sick, so she depended on Nellie. One day, Nellie turned on the gas and it blew up the whole house, killing her mother and, later, she died also. It was a sad day for our town!
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