Thursday, May 25, 2006
Congratulations to Jack and Pebble Gadd on anniversary
A large crowd attended graduation from Mary Reid School on May 16 at Potts Camp School auditorium.
Don’t forget the Potts Camp School reunion on June 3.
A Mother’s Day dinner and celebration was held to honor Annie Ruth at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone on May 13, for family members. Tommie and Gale Goode were at home from Greenwood.
Rodney and Betty Whaley’s oldest daughter, Amanda Whaley Smith and her husband Kent Smith, hosted a Mother’s Day dinner on Sunday night at their home in Holly Springs. Grandparents, Fred and Mary Jo Whaley and Ruby Churchill, were also invited to attend. The Smiths have one child, Jack Whaley Smith.
Happy wedding anniversary to Pebble and Jack Gadd on May 26. Happy birthday to Jean Thompson on May 28, to my niece, Belinda Ann (Hill) Russell on May 29; also to Selma Mosely on May 29.
Thanks for all the Mother’s Day visits, calls and gifts!
I. Put God first in your life, and love your neighbor as yourself! “A heart that is filled with love has no room for hate.”
II. There are three things that remain, faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13
III. Kneeling At the Altar
When the world falls around you
Congratulations to Potts Camp seniors!
Thanks to Brook White and Alana Hale for the invitations to the graduation!
Jay Derryberry and his children honored his mother, Jean Derryberry, on Mother’s Day. He took them all out to eat.
We are sorry that my friend, Virgie Kelly, fell recently and broke her arm. Get well wishes to her.
Betty Fincher’s two children and her grandchildren honored her on Mother’s Day at her home with a dinner; friends attended also.
Martha Ross of Byhalia, daughter of Berniece Young and Martha, and daughter Robin O’Neal, visited her on Mother’s Day. Mrs. Young’s other daughter, Colette and young sons also visited her that day.
Juanita Howell’s birthday is on May 26; her family helped her celebrate early on May 24. Happy birthday, Juanita!
Mother’s Day guests of Joyce and Joel Clayton were her children, Mirion and David Hunsucker of Ashland; Tammie and Kinsey Cobb of Myrtle and Lynn and Martha Goolsby, Hannah and Jamie.
Prayer list: Virgie Kelly, Jimmy Hill, Roy Foote, Evan Watts, Ollie Mansel, Donna Marett, Jean Derryberry, Dorothy Forester, Mary Jo McCallum, Jessie Pipkin, Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Faye Work, Betty Fincher, Terry Lowery (moved to New Albany), Adelle Hudson, Elizabeth Williams. Pray for all the sick and for our service men, also those who have lost loved ones.
The Class of 1956 from Potts Camp will be honored at the annual school reunion on Saturday, June 3 in the school cafeteria. Members of that class were: William Austin, Betty Bowen, Shirley Clayton, Philip Dixon, Ladine & Lorene Gandy, Louise Gurley, Thomas Humphreys, John Hunsucker, Emmet Jarrett, Cecil Johnson, Jim Lindsey, Billie Newsom, Kenneth Randolph, Ella Jane Sanders, E. B. Sanders, Sylvia Seymour, Ann Shaw, Ralph Wicker, Becky Wilson, Corrie Mae Work, and Earnestine Young. Superintendent was K. C. O’Kelley, Ms Jennie Sue Coltharp was the librarian, Mrs. Harvey Germany taught English, Miss Sula Majure was the home economics teacher, Miss Kay McKenzie taught math and was senior sponsor, Mrs. K. C. O’Kelley was the commercial teacher and annual sponsor, James L. Spencer taught agriculture, and T. M. Stone was the basketball coach and social science teacher.
For more information on the school reunion or to make reservations for the catered meal, contact Mrs. Annie Ruth Stone at 662-333-6350.
The poems of “Monty Greer” in the book “Dance of the Butterflies” always brings back happy memories to me!
Like her father before her, Dr. Franklin P. Boatner, Mrs. Greer was a born leader; he was the second Potts Camp doctor, moving here from Cornersville; during the Civil War, he was a small child.
Mr. Lester Greer, son of the first Potts Camp banker A.Q. Greer, married Montgomery Boatner, and built a home for them near the Potts Camp Methodist Church, on the site of the first Potts Camp School (about 1917 a new two-story school was built on the present lot.) Mrs. Greer named their lovely home “Sunset View.” (Ernest Cruse, a former Potts Camp mayor, lives in the house now.)
Mrs. Greer organized the first PTAs in North Mississippi; Potts Camp was the very first one. She also held an office in the state PTA, and was a member of the North Mississippi Methodist Conference (now the North and South are together).
The couple reared four children, Louise, Dan, Frank and Ralph Greer (all deceased).
“Greer and Greer Store,” operated by Lester Greer and Mrs. Curtis Greer, was a general business store in Potts Camp. They sold almost anything people needed, and were cotton buyers. They also owned Eagle Springs, a famous health retreat near town, after 1900.
For many years, Monty Greer, as she called herself, was an active member of Potts Camp Methodist Church; she taught a young boy’s Sunday school class. Sometimes she would drive a group of young girls to Holly Springs in her big car and buy us ice cream.
We would meet at her home where she taught us to sing Christmas carols and other songs, while she played her piano. She also built a playground for us in her backyard and would play games with us. We loved and admired her.
Louise had married and lived in a northern state. They had one son, Eddie Turner. Louise died while he was a young boy, and he came to Potts Camp to live with Mr. and Mrs. Greer for awhile and attend school. Monty was so sad over her daughter’s death that she wrote her famous book of poems. Only a few copies were printed and she gave them to friends.
Ralph Greer served overseas during World War II (I don’t know about the others). Ralph married my friend, Martha Woodard, after her first husband, whose name was Hurdle, was killed in action. Martha had a small son whose name was Hurdle, then she and Ralph had a son named Ralph Jr.
When Ralph returned home from the war, he remarked, “I’ll never leave Marshall County again.” They lived in Holly Springs. Both of Martha’s sons live in Collierville.
Frank Greer, a friend of my late husband (they served jury duty together many times), was really proud of his grandfathers, Dr. Boatner and A.Q. Greer, banker. The two of them were successful in having Potts Camp change from a village to a town, so money could be borrowed to put down the first deep well, and water could be piped to the homes.
I can almost see Mrs. Greer now walking down the street with her head held high, and the laugh she had as she threw back her head. She was quite a lady!
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