Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wilsons rejoice over birth of new grandson
The people of Potts Camp and our school were sorry to hear that Ken Basil, principal of the school, will be leaving our school and town, after three wonderful years. Our thoughts and prayers will go with him as he goes, and we wish him much success in the election of Superintendent of Education in Union County. (Pictured in South Reporter.) My daughter, Betty Greers, taught school with him at West Union School many years ago.
I was happy to see my son, Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo, when they visited me after church services on Easter Sunday.
Dinner guests of Joyce Clayton on Easter Sunday were her son, Lynn Goolsby and his wife, Martha, and two children Hanna and Jamie, also her daughter, Mirion Hunsucker of Ashland and her daughter, Tammie Cobb and daughter Kinsey of Myrtle.
We are thankful that Francis Redding is improving after his recent stroke; he needs our prayers.
Bro. Steve and Pat Wilson have been in Alexandria, La., welcoming their new grandson, Wilson Klein Dean, born March 25, weighing seven pounds, four ounces and was 20 inches. Parents are Carla and Johnathan Dean.
The Bible tells us to be thankful at all times and in all circumstances. We can be especially thankful for God’s greatest blessing, “the amazing grace we see in Jesus Christ.”
“God is Always Near”
I feel his spirit around me, at the dawning
of the day
Lord, may I always do your will. It matters not how small the task. Oh, may I have a humble heart, and do whatever you ask. For Christ’s sake, Amen.
Happy birthday to Jason Pannell and Lindsey M. Potts on April 23, also Hunter Farr on April 23. Happy birthday to Olivia Dickey, granddaughter of George and Dorothy Dickey on April 26, to Brook Hale, Blue Mountain College student, and Weston Rowland on April 28; to Tracy Pipkin, my granddaughter, and David Qualls on April 29, and to Lauren Dickey on April 30, also granddaughter of George and Dorothy Dickey.
Easter visitors of Henry and Mary Jarrett were Clark and Miriam Orman of Hickory Flat; Mark and Vicki Jarrett of Tupelo; Troy and Courtney Wilemon of Tupelo; John Mark Jarrett of Blue Mountain; Ben and Jennifer Rakestraw of Blue Springs and Angela Orman of Hickory Flat.
Congratulations to Josh Hilmer, a 10th grade student of Potts Camp School, who has been selected to represent Potts Camp in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference at Milsaps College in June. Josh is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mills of Potts Camp and Mr. and Mrs. Casey Hilmer of Waterford.
History Correction: Potts Camp United Methodist Church was organized in 1889, not 1879, one year after the first board meeting.
Jan Morris drove her aunt, Dorothy Nowlin, of New Albany to Memphis on Monday. Dorothy’s daughter, Patricia Hall’s husband, Bill Hall, had open heart surgery that day in the hospital there. Get well wishes to him. Dorothy Wayne Nowlin is Mattie Gurley’s only sister. She stayed overnight with Mattie on Sunday night.
A former neighbor, Korrie Stanton of Potts Camp, was among the Blue Mountain students who spent their spring break at Lake Michigan, just outside of Chicago at McHenry Baptist Church and Mission School. They were invited to attend by a former graduate of Blue Mountain and pastor of the church, Ruben Raquel.
We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Bonnie Lou Powell, age 56, of Byhalia in her recent death. As a child, she was adopted by the late Joe and Mary Elizabeth Stone of Potts Camp. She leaves two daughters, four brothers and three sisters. Burial was in Carey Chapel Cemetery in Byhalia.
We are thankful that Clyde Wright Alderson is feeling better after taking treatments; keep him in your prayers.
We were sorry to hear about Larry and Kristie Foreman’s house burning over the weekend in Horn Lake. Larry grew up in and attended school in Potts Camp. They lost everything. The couple have three small children, two boys ages 6 and 4, and a girl age 2. Pray for them. D.L. Ford is his grandfather. I wish we could help them.
Prayer list: Jean Derryberry, Francis Redding, Clyde Wright Alderson, Lina Mae Rhea, Mary Jo McCallum, Donna Marrett, Jodie Edwards, Jene and Joe McCallum, June Pearson, Juanita Howell, Bob Young, Martha Ross. Pray for peace and an end to the war.
Sometimes I enjoy looking at old pictures. In 1934 Mr. Lloyd Thomas had a special football team. Players were first row, Milton Steele, Ralph Overton, Andrew Watson, E.J. Marrett (captain of the team), Clinton Boren, Ralph Greer, Frank Greer, Williard Overton, Mitchell Stone, Herbert Cook, Bob Bennett, Dooley Stone, Walter Dunn, Wyatt Kidd, Johnny Watson and Ben Henderson. Coach Thomas is also in the picture.
They crowned Aileen Jones (Warren) football queen one day. We sang “There’s no team like our team, no captain like Marrett, no center like Steele is, he’s just the best yet.” I was in 10th grade.
After school one afternoon someone yelled, “The depot is on fire.” I ran there as fast as I could. My dad, Benton Potts, was the depot agent. The football team was on the field; they ran there also and hooked up the big hose on two large wheels in front of Greer and Greer’s two-story store.
We didn’t have a fire department at that time. A large crowd had gathered there. It was located on Front Street across the road from the depot. I was worried because I couldn’t see my dad; later, I saw him with two ball players, helping him bring his desk and important records out of the burning building. The ball players wet all the nearby stores to keep them from catching fire. Two box cars with explosives were near the depot, so they made a loud noise and shot flames into the air. Water was shot on them also to keep the flames under control. The football players were our heroes that day; they saved the town.
Later, a box car was placed between the railroad tracks, and my dad worked there until a new depot could be built. I miss the old Potts Camp depot and also the old coal chute; they were both demolished. I have happy memories of both of them. We had a football team for only four years.
We always had a good basketball team, even on an outdoor court.
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