Thursday, July 6, 2006
Congratulations to Chad and Mary Beth Mayer on the birth of a baby girl who was named Emma after a special aunt
Congratulations to the Carey Mayer family! A beautiful baby girl was born to their son, Chad and Mary Beth Mayer of Myrtle on June 28. They named her for a favorite aunt, Emma Mayer, who would be almost 100 years old if she was living. The child’s name is Emma Beth. She weighed eight pounds, five ounces. Joel Clayton is the child’s great-grandfather.
Jeanette Stone flew to Las Vegas, Nev., last week to help celebrate the birthday of her young grandson, Jordon Muraco, on his fourth birthday. He is the son of Holley and Mike Muraco.
Thanks to Barbara Clark, her granddaughter, Christy Taylor, and her nephew, Wesley Gray of Holly Springs for the lovely pink rose arrangement and their visit on Wednesday. Barbara lives at Mt. Pleasant. David Alderson is her son.
We send our deepest love and sympathy to the family of Bobby Bennett, age 51, in his recent death.
We are thankful that Lois Swanee has recovered from a serious condition caused by pills. She is a very special person. I enjoy her writings about Holly Springs.
Danny and Elizabeth Hollingsworth of Starkville and two of their sons, Jake and Clark, were here on Tuesday; I was happy to see them. Luke, their other son, is a college student who plays in the band. (Danny and Jake boarded a plane in Memphis for New Mexico to attend the Boy Scouts convention.)
Happy birthday to Abby Farr on July 5; to Kylie Morgan Gurley on July 8; to Deanna Rowland and Thomas P. on July 9 and to Aaron Luke Gurley on July 10. Happy birthday to David Greer Jr. on July 9, my grandson.
The Kirk reunion was held on Sunday, July 2 at Cornersville.
The Smithwick reunion was held at Chewalla Lake.
Kristie Fincher and friend Ann visited her grandmother, Betty Fincher recently.
Jean Derryberry continues to be recuperating from foot surgery in New Albany Hospital. Get well wishes to her.
Thanks to James Johnston of Rome, Ga. for his letters and pictures of him and his wife, Linda, and other relatives. He has never lived in Potts Camp but has visited relatives here many times over the years. He enjoys reading about our town in The South Reporter.
Prayer list: Joel Clayton, Jean Derryberry, Lena Faye Work, Betty Fincher, Roy Foote, Connie Work, Hazel Foote, Evan Watts, Jessie Pipkin, Jerry Work, Connie Work, Mary Jo McCallum, Ollie Mansel, Willie Thomas Wicker and others who are ill.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Eddie Boatwright, age 71, in his death on Tuesday.
Correction: Last week it should have been Joel Clayton on the sick list, not his wife, Joyce.
The 4-H Clubs of Marshall County spent a happy weekend in the early 30s at the old Synodical College in Holly Springs. We called it “short course.” Older Potts Camp girls had attended the college before going on to Ole Miss; they were Lum Cook, Elizabeth Boren, Louise Greer and others.
We packed our bags and my dad drove several of us to the college, where we met other Potts Camp friends, Ruth Watson, Bessie Evelyn Bellew, Rosalie James, Estelle Martin, Ruth Cook, Quinn Holley, Lucille Wilson and my roommates Louise and Geraldine Alvis, other friends. The Alvis twins, Mary and Margaret, were there also. Mrs. Rogers was our club leader; her daughter, Ika Haddock, was our supervisor for the week. We really gave her a rough way to go! We were sent there to learn but all we wanted to do was have fun. The older girls cooked the meals, but we had to set the table three times a day, shell the peas, peel the potatoes, and prepare the food to be cooked. Lights were out at 9 p.m., but we laughed and talked until 12 a.m. Lectures were held by special teachers during the day, but some of the girls hid in their rooms. I always like to be with the crowd.
One day I heard a noise in the hall; Geraldine was hiding food under her shirt when she saw Ika coming around the corner. She tried to run and fell on the floor, spilling popcorn and cookies. I laughed at her; she wasn’t hurt, but it was against the rules to have food in the rooms.
Later she had the last laugh on me. The club leaders accompanied the girls to a senior play at Holly Springs School. It was the last of May and was wonderful! I met some of the girls who lived in town; they invited me to attend a recital there the next night. I put on my best dress and went along with them without asking for permission and really enjoyed it.
When I returned to the college I was told by friends that I was in bad trouble. I worried all night. However, the next day we returned home and no one scolded me. I will never forget what fun it was. I was ready to babysit my young brother and sister, Lindy and Ann.
Advice to young people: you should study hard, but have fun along the way. Life is short.
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