Thursday, May 3, 2007
Gholston girls attend services at Winborn Methodist Church
The Gholston girls, Maxine Avent, Elizabeth Hunsucker and Jo Ann Cox, visited Annie Ruth and T.M. Stone last Sunday. They had attended the 60th wedding anniversary of Billy and Billie Fay Courson in Benton County, and attended church services at Winborn Methodist Church. A new fellowship hall is being added to the church and other improvements.
A ladies conference was held at First Baptist Church on Saturday, with many visitors attending. They enjoyed a delicious lunch.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of C.M. Alvis in his recent death. He grew up here and lived at Olive Branch. He attended school here with my late brother, Rev. Lindy Potts. He leaves a sister, Rhetta Lou (Boots) Alvis and two nieces, Sylvia Seymour Alvis and Jill Seymour.
Congratulations to Johnny Westmoreland, who won the special town election for the Potts Camp Board.
On May 5, a fish fry and cake walk will be held at the home of mayor Jimmie Collins. It is sponsored by Mt. Olive Church. Proceeds go to Relay for Life.
I. Lift up your heart to the heavens. There is a loving and kind Father there who offers release and comfort and peace in the silent communion of prayer.
II. Have you looked at the cross and placed your trust in the One who died there? It’s your only way of being sure of peace and happiness and everlasting life.
III. Christ still lives, but many of us go from day to day as if He is still in the grave. How much better to look beyond that empty tomb to the One who fills lives with the power of His spirit.
IV. No matter what our age or who we are, we can always love others as God loves them.
“Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor...but have not love, it profits me nothing. (I Corinthians 13:3)
V. One day the pastor of a church was walking down the street and met a soap maker, who tells the minister, “The sermons you preach must not be very good’ there are still a lot of wicked people.” A child nearby was playing in the mud. The pastor said, “Your soap must not be any good; look at the dirty people. The soap maker said, “Well, it cleans only when you use it.” The preacher said, “Exactly.”
The world is more than our final home! The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost (Acts 3) to work powerfully in and through His believers to influence our society.
Jesus prayed, “As you have sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world” (John 17:18) We are to serve others as He did.
Recent overnight guests of Joyce Clayton were the cousins of her late husband, Joel Clayton, Owen and Gail Jones of Deniere, Tx.; they were enroute to Virginia. Joyce enjoyed eating lunch with them in New Albany.
The special Pilgrimage South Reporter was wonderful! I was interested especially about Hill Crest Cemetery and the Civil War veterans buried there. It reminded me of a relative, James Benton Potts, younger son of our town’s first settler, Col. E.F. Potts and wife, Elizabeth Brownlee Potts. His tall monument is near the front gate of Hill Crest. He fought and was badly injured in the Civil War, and died young. (My dad was named for him.) He married in a Holly Springs church the niece of Minnie M. Alexander.
Potts Camp was honored at the Governor’s Communities of Excellence Awards in Jackson on March 26. (Pictured in April 12 South Reporter) Jimmie Collins, mayor and David Pannell, chief of police were pictured and others.
Happy birthday to Lela Hale on May 1; also other friends, Doris and Arthur Poole and to Holly Stone Muraco, whose birthdays are all on May 1. Happy wedding anniversary to Mable and Lamar Day on May 1. Happy birthday to George Dickey on May 3. Happy birthday to my nephew, Chad Potts (Lindy’s grandson) and to my grandson, Luke Hollingsworth, college student at Mississippi State on May 4. Happy birthday to my friend, Susan Howell, and Gale Goode on May 6.
Congratulations to my friends Fred and Mary Jo Whaley, who celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on April 21. (Fred is my cousin.)
Ruthie St. John is in a Memphis hospital, and may have heart surgery. Pray for her!
Prayer list: Martha Ross in the hospital, daughter of Berniece Young, also Martha’s husband, Rex Ross; Jean Derryberry; Roy Foote; June Pearson, daughter of Hazel Foote; Jene and Joe McCallum; Lena Fay Work; Ella Rea Whaley; Jessie Pipkin; Annette Baveen; Mary Jo McCallum; Adelle Hudson; Betty Fincher; Connie Work; Donna Marett; Jeff King; Gerry Paula Mills; Willie T. Wicker; Lina Mae Rhea. Pray for those who have lost loved ones and others who are sick. Pray for peace.
Sometimes my dad would tell us about Potts Camp during the early years as we sat on the front porch at night. People rode the trains because there were very few cars and the roads were terrible; they were made of dirt. Daddy bought his first car in the ’20s, a T-Model Ford. We called it the Tin Lizzie! There were about 25 businesses in town and five or six places to board. Doctors’ offices were built above some stores on Center Street (I always dreaded going up the tall wooden steps located outside at the end of the street). Drummers (salesmen) would come in on the train and stay about two nights at boarding houses so they could visit all the stores. In 1910 my grandfather, J.A. Potts, built the two-story boarding house “Potts House” on Front Street and moved from their home on Potts Creek, a few miles from town. He was Potts Camp mayor for over 25 years. Many of their children were grown and married and moved away; uncle Sal became a Methodist preacher and my dad was an 18-year-old depot agent.
Eagle Springs, a famous health resort, was located about a mile and a half from town. Mr. Wright Greer used to tell me about a special train that came from Memphis every Sunday with people to visit Eagle Springs. He said it was a sight to see all the people dressed in their Sunday clothes walking the elevated plank walk to the springs. The train came back for them in the afternoon. (You could rent a horse and buggy for the trip.)
One day in 1918 an airplane landed across the railroad tracks. Students in the two-story school across the road jumped out the doors and windows to see the plane; the stores closed also and people at the cemetery who were there to bury someone left to see the planes.
We enjoyed the old Tin Lizzie; once a week we went to Holly Springs. Sometimes we had to get out and push it up a hill, then jump in, and away we would go. If it rained, we had fabric curtains. Daddy broke his hand on the front crank, so James started driving when he was 10 years old. I hated going over the wooden bridge over Tippah River. It popped and shook.
In 1924 I started to school in the two-story school. One afternoon after school turned out the building burned. I remember helping mother bring in the clothes off the clothes line, as the smoke blew over our house. In 1925 we attended the new school (part of the present school).
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