Thursday, June 8, 2006
Celebration honors Jerry Paul Mills on his 65th birthday
A birthday party to honor Jerry Paul Mills on his 65th birthday was held at Bethlehem United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 27. Family members and a large group of friends and some relatives attended the event. Happy birthday Jerry Paul!
Congratulations to Pam Boren and Tamara Hilmer, second grade teachers at Mary Reid School in Potts Camp. They both graduated from the University of Mississippi with a master’s degree in elementary education. (Pictured in The South Reporter.)
Congratulations to Brooke Hale, a student at Blue Mountain College, who will serve as a missionary in Canada this summer, along with many more students. She is a special girl.
Thanks to Mary Clay Brooks for her write-up last week about Flick’s Place in Potts Camp and the good food they serve. I enjoy her news from Holly Springs every week.
Vickie Winter, a special granddaughter from Nashville, Tenn., spent Saturday, May 27 with me. She is the daughter of Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo. I really enjoyed her visit. She is a nurse.
Liesa G. Blond, another special granddaughter from San Antonio, Tx., called on Sunday. Her mother, Betty Greer, was here when she called, so we both enjoyed a visit with her on the phone.
Thanks to Mary Minor, who has prepared tapes of former Potts Camp School reunions and pictures of past events and teachers at the Potts Camp School, also the old Potts Camp Gym that has been demolished and coach T.M. Stone and Annie R. Stone. The music with the tape was by Mitch and Jeanette Stone. She showed it Saturday at the Potts Camp reunion and also brought it to my home. I enjoyed it.
I. Jesus said, “Because I live, ye shall live also.” John 14:19. If Jesus Christ’s resurrection is astonishing to us today, just think of the people of His time, those who had seen Him walking and talking to them. Think of the effect His resurrection must have had on them.
II. Christ still lives! Many of us go from day to day as if He is still in the grave. How much better to look beyond the empty grave to the one who can fill our lives with the power of His resurrection.
Christ left the grave one glorious day
IV. When you let God’s love fill your heart, it will show on your face.
Walter Wicker of Prescott Memorial Library at Louisiana University wrote a letter to me about the Potts Camp High School reunion. He graduated from Potts Camp High in 1949. Because of business meetings, he will not be able to attend this year again. He had visited Joyce Tate Cutrer in Baton Rogue. It was his first time to see her since their graduation in 1947. She is almost blind and unable to travel without help. Her sister, Teresa Tate, lives there also. Joyce would like to hear from her classmates. Walter is hopeful that his class of 1949 might get together while some are alive.
Mike and Holley Muraco of Las Vegas and young son Jordan, age 4, are visiting relatives in Potts Camp for a few days. Mary Minor brought Holley and son to visit me and took our pictures together. Holley, granddaughter of the T.M. Stones and Mary Lois Gurley, enjoys The South Reporter every week.
Memorial Day weekend guests of Dorothy and George Dickey were their sons, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dickey and children, Tom Dickey and girls, and Pat Dickey and family.
Happy wedding anniversary to Mike and Holley Muraco on June 9.
Happy birthday to Mary Jo Whaley on June 11.
Happy wedding anniversary to George and Dorothy Dickey on June 18. Happy birthday to Maxine Thomas, a special friend, on June 19. Happy birthday to Mike Murphy on June 15 and Steve Gurley on June 18.
Mitch and Jeanette Stone drove to Savannah, Ga., over the weekend June 3 and 4, to attend the graduation of their daughter, Emily Stone from the School of Arts. Congratulations Emily!
When Emily’s dad was Potts Camp principal, she was a small girl who didn’t want to attend ball games with her parents and sister, Holley; so she stayed with me. They lived across the street from me. She would draw and color even then. When she got tired she would rock and sing. I’ve always loved her.
A benefit fish dinner will be held Saturday for James Earl Turnage at the home of Frank and Janie Turnage at 45 Edwards Street.
Those visiting Dale Hollingsworth were Jimmy Hollingsworth, Sylvia S. Akin, John Hunsucker, Roy Lee Cox (Sonny), Jim and Jean Lindsey. They had attended the reunion.
We were sorry to hear Roy lost his wife.
One day a third grade Potts Camp School teacher was trying to explain how the state of Mississippi is operated. She asked the students if they knew who our governor was at that time. A little boy held up his hand and said, I do; it’s Harry Jones.” He knew that Mr. Jones was the man his mother called if the lights went out, or the water stopped, and also where she paid her utility bills.
Harry lived most of his life in Potts Camp; his grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Vaughn, were among the first four families who moved to Potts Camp. He married a Potts Camp School teacher, Rose Jones, and they lived in Amory a few years while he worked as a brakeman on the Frisco Railroad. Later he built a business in Potts Camp. It lasted 60 years. The couple had three daughters, Betty Rose Jones, Mary Frances Jones (Fitts) and Kathryn Jones (Scarbrough). They are wonderful girls. We love them.
Harry and Rose were active in the Potts Camp Methodist Church, serving on boards or wherever needed. She taught a Sunday school class for children; she and our friend, Ruth Powell, both received a service pin for teaching 50 years. Every summer they held Vacation Bible School for the children, along with Mary Ella Greer and others. They taught all of our children. Harry was like my dad, Benton Potts, who worked for the railroad. They loved the sounds of a train. Hayes Henderson and Harry made several trips to Meridian and Amory for celebrations of trains. The Frisco sold the railroad to Burlington Northern. A special designed train called “The Glaiser View” in the 1980s by the Burlington Northern Railroad, invited a special group of men to make a trip on it. Harry was among the 40 people who were chosen. They served them a special dinner on the trip from Memphis to Amory. When the train passed through town, people said, “There goes Harry!” We miss Rose and Harry!
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