Thursday, December 7, 2006
Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson enjoy time with family
Congratulations to the Bank of Holly Springs on the opening of their new South Branch Bank! They have certainly served the Potts Camp Bank (a branch Bank of Holly Springs) well over the years. It was opened after Mr. Robert Greer, banker for Potts Camp State Bank, died in the 1950s. (His father, A.Q. Greer Sr., had opened the first bank in Potts Camp when the town was first started in 1888.
When the Bank of Holly Springs built a wonderful new Potts Camp Bank on the highway, they gave our town a wonderful gift, their first bank on Center St., to be used for a city hall. The former city hall became the fire department. Rodney Whaley is a very special banker at Potts Camp Bank.
Recent guests of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone were the Gholston sisters who grew up here. They are Maxine Avent, Elizabeth Hunsucker and JoAnn Cox.
We are saddened by the sudden death of a friend, Robbie Taylor, on Thursday. She had a cafe for many years.
Recent guests of Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson were their daughter, Stephanie McDonald, and grandchildren, Sydney and Symon. While here, they visited in Alexandria, La., with their other daughter and sister, Carla Dean. Pat returned home with them and spent 10 days in Eureka, Calif. They celebrated Symon’s third birthday on the 24th.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Jerry Ronald Black, age 54, who died on Monday, Nov. 27 at his home. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Cornersville Cemetery, with visitation at Cornersville Methodist Church. He leaves his mother, Katie Castleberry Black New of Cotton Plant; also two daughters and two grandchildren. United Funeral Services of New Albany was in charge.
On Sunday, Danny Hollingsworth, Elizabeth and two of their sons, Clark and Jake of Starkville, came to visit in my home. I was happy to see them. I received phone calls from grandchildren in Tupelo and San Antonio, Tx. and Nashville, Tenn.
We were sorry to hear of the death of Christine Cook, who lived in Potts Camp for many years. We send our sympathy to her family.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Davis Terrell Lowery, age 81, of New Albany, in his recent death. He lived in Potts Camp for many years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He leaves his wife, Jessie Cox Lowery; two daughters, Wanda Lowery and Linda Gail Taylor; and one sister, Billie Perkins. Services were held Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home; burial was in Flat Rock Cemetery in Hickory Flat.
Doris Goode of Hickory Flat and daughter Norma Rogers drove to Tupelo on Thursday for a doctor’s appointment for Doris. Later they drove to Clinton to visit Norma’s son, Scotty and Amy Rogers. They are special family friends.
Happy birthday to my daughter, Betty Greer, on Dec. 11, to little M.E. Stanton on Dec. 12, to Ollie Mansel on Dec. 14; to Kathy Sanders on Dec. 16. My birthday is Dec. 16. Happy birthday to David Fuller on Dec. 20
Happy birthday to Drew Gurley on Dec. 11, to Dana Gurley Holtzlander on Dec. 17; to Carol McAlexander Gurley on Dec. 18. Happy birthday to Mary Lois Gurley on Dec. 23. She is a special friend who reared a large family. They are all special.
We are thankful that Ann Mann, who had a recent stroke, is improving and will soon go to rehab. She is the sister of Doris Goode, who lives in Memphis.
Prayer list: Ruby Thompson, Jean Derryberry, Roy Foote, Lena Fay Work, Charles and Nadine Vest, Maxine Potts, Betty Fincher, Joe McCallum, Henry Jarrett, Joel Clayton, Maxine Thomas, Elizabeth Williams, Lina Mae Rhea, Jessie Pipkin, Donna Marett, Ann Mann and Ronald Henderson of Holly Springs.
Mary Reid is a familiar name in Potts Camp. She was the only daughter of the town’s first settler, Colonel E.F. Potts and wife, Elizabeth Brownlee Potts. Reid’s Gift Church was named for her, also Mary Reid School.
When Mary Reid and her husband, Charlie Reid, were married they had only one child, a son named Cornelius. She loved him so much that she wrote a poem, “To My Dear Boy,” and placed it in a Bible for him as a gift.
Cornelius married Mary Lou Anderson and they had one child, a daughter named Warrine Reid. Their home was located on Church St. Warrine was only 7 years old when her father, Cornelius, died suddenly; his mother, Mary Reid, had died three months before.
A few years later Mary Lou married Fred Young; he owned a men’s hat shop in town. Warrine, an attractive girl, was secretary of a relative, Judge Anderson of Blue Mountain. She received a good education.
Because of the deaths of Warrine’s dad and her grandmother Mary Reid, Warrine became owner of large areas of Potts Camp land, and also the famous “house on the hill” left to her by her grandmother.
Fred’s job took him to other towns, so they rented the two-story house to Lon Holley. Their daughter, Quinn Holley, was my best friend. We enjoyed playing on that hill.
Mary Louise married Jack Merrill, they have one son, Mark, and grandchildren. They live at Germantown.
Warrine was a special family friend until her death. We loved her. Fred, who died earlier, was also a good friend. My dad would send him to pick Jimmy and me up many times in the ’40s when the road was closed, and we could only get to New Albany or Hickory Flat by bus or train. They were putting down concrete and working on the road. I wish I could have known Mary Reid; her parents were my great-great-grandparents.
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