Thursday, June 1, 2006
Several from community attend Smith family reunion at Wall Doxey May 20
A huge crowd attended the Potts Camp High school graduation May 20 at the Carl White Memorial Gymnasium.
Ken Basil, principal, welcomed the people; he also presented the awards, along with Jerry Moore, Don Randolph and Ray Kennedy presented the diplomas. Opha Ash presented awards to the salutatorian, Amanda Alyse Anderson, and to the valedictorian, Jacqueline Nicole Byrd. Congratulations to all the Potts Camp graduates. We wish them much success!
Doris Goode and Gerry Vanzant of Hickory Flat and several members of their family attended the wedding of their niece, Lauren Potts and David Wilson at Hernando Methodist Church on Saturday, May 20. Lauren is also my niece, granddaughter of my late brother, Rev. Charles (Lindy) Potts and Joann Potts of Olive Branch. Congratulations!
The Smith reunion was held at Wall Doxey State Park on Saturday, May 20. Joyce and Joel Clayton attended, also Faye Stanton and family; Verla Mae Stanton and family, and Jamie Smith and family. Wayne Smith, their other brother, was unable to attend. They had a wonderful time. Mrs. Doyle Smith, their mother, was a special person.
On Saturday night, Joyce Clayton attended a singing with her daughter, Merion and David Hunsucker of Ashland; it was held at Fulton. Guest singers were the Primitive Quartet from North Carolina.
Rev. Don Newton, pastor of Potts Camp Methodist Church, visited Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone on Sunday afternoon, and also visited me in my home. We thank him for his visits and special prayers for us.
I. America needs God’s healing power! Times have changed since I was a child; many people didn’t have much money, but we worshiped God in both schools and church and loved each other. We never locked a door!
Happiness is something you have for a day
There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “If there is any righteousness in the heart there will be beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home; if there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation, if there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.” It all begins in the heart.
Help me dear lord, to reach out to people in the world with loving and caring deeds and thoughts.
The Savior is waiting to save you, and cleanse every sin stain away. By faith you can know full forgiveness, and be a new creation today.
Tommie Ann Goode of Greenwood spent last weekend with her parents, Annie Ruth and T.M. Stone.
Happy birthday to Sue Rowland on June 1, also to Makaha Martin on June 1, daughter of Carrie Jewell Taylor; to John Sharp Williams, grandson of my sister, Ann and Herman Hill on June 2; to Jimmy Cobbs on June 6 and Elaine Hardison, daughter of Juanita Howell on June 7.
Happy wedding anniversary to Mike and Holly Muraco on June 9. She is the daughter of Mitch and Jeanette Stone. Happy birthday to my friend, Mary Jo Whaley on June 11.
(Correction - Juanita Howell has a birthday in June, not in May. My records are in June.)
Don’t forget the Potts Camp reunion on June 3.
Thanks to Alana Hale for the delicious dinners she brought to my home on Monday.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Charles Marty Farr, age 35, of Myrtle, in his death on Sunday, May 21. Booker Farr is his dad.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Peggy Simpson, age 70, in her recent death. She was a retired Hickory Flat School teacher. Services were held Saturday at Hickory Flat Baptist Church. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery in Hickory Flat.
Prayer list: Friends in the nursing home, Lucille Hutchens, Roy Foote, Ollie Mansel, Ella Rea Whaley, Willie Thomas Wicker, Jessie Pipkin. Others at home, Lena Faye Work, Doris Goode, Betty Fincher, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Ladine Randolph, Donna Marett, Jimmy Hill, Evan Watts, Hazel Foote. Pray for peace everywhere! May God bless our country. Until next week, God bless.
One of my worse nightmares as a child was going into my grandparents’ storm cellar when they lived next door to us. It was a large hole in the ground with steps into it, and dirt seats on each side. Daddy would take his family there when we had a storm; when they closed the door on top, made of wood, I felt like a trapped rat. We could hear the thunder, rain and tree limbs breaking. I just knew we would never get out alive.
One day James and I saw Grandpa come out of the storm cellar with a snake he had killed. We refused to go there again! That was the last of the storm cellar.
We enjoyed our grandparents living next door; they rented out the two-story Potts House several years when they moved there.
One early morning during the Christmas season in 1929, I ran over to see Grandma; Grandpa had gone to his store. When I looked out the large window facing town, I almost fainted; only smoking bricks were left of our new two-story brick Potts Camp Methodist Church. It had burned during the night and we didn’t know it. Potts Camp had no fire department at that time. Robert Greer was the Potts Camp banker; he and other businessmen in town had the church fully insured, so it was rebuilt, almost like the first one, but the pews had to be replaced, and the piano and pulpit. Each family bought a pew (they are still being used, after they were renovated). Several other bad things happened during those years; one night a mad dog came through town and bit Grandpa’s cow. It went mad and bawled all night. People watched on the fence side as she jumped and pawed the ground. I watched from our kitchen window as a man stood behind a tree on our land and shot her. It was sad.
Grandpa was the mayor of Potts Camp for 28 years. They built the two-story Potts house in 1910 and moved to town from a country home on Potts Creek, a few miles from town. In the big house, they rented rooms to people who rode the trains (salesmen). Daddy would tell us many tales about old Macedonia Church where they attended Hoggs County School where Miss Susie Henderson and Miss Nettie, her sister, were teachers; also about Eagle Springs, near Potts Camp.
Daddy was a young depot agent, at age 18, before they moved to town. Also Uncle Sal Potts had become a Methodist pastor.
He was the oldest child, and Grace was a school teacher.
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