Thursday, August 2, 2007
Henry Jarrett honored on 80th birthday at Pine Grove Baptist Church
A fellowship dinner was held at Potts Camp Methodist Church on Sunday after services. Other churches on the Potts Camp charge, Bethlehem Methodist and Cornersville Methodist, were invited to attend.
We ask for special prayers for Bernice Young’s daughter, Martha Ross of Byhalia. She has been sick for a long time, and is not improving. Her husband is Rex Ross.
Happy birthday to Georgia Gurley Cobbs on Aug. 1 and Bill Rowland on Aug. 6.
Thanks to my pastor, Rev. Don Newton, who visited me recently. He is pastor of Potts Camp Methodist charge, three churches.
I enjoyed reading the names of the service men from Potts Camp in the recent Heritage News. Most of them were familiar.
Thanks to Mary Minor for e-mailing some of my news this week and to Rodney Whaley for last week’s news.
William Potts spent several days recently in Oxford hospital. He and his daughter Kathy visited me last week. Pray for Mr. Potts.
A large crowd attended a political rally in Potts Camp Park Saturday.
Annie Ruth and T.M. Stone’s visitors were the former Brownlee girls, Dorothy White of Jackson and Iva Smith of Braxton.
Pine Grove Baptist Church was the setting for an 80th birthday celebration honoring Henry Jarrett. It was hosted by his son, Mark Jarrett, and family and daughter, Meriam Orman and family. The fellowship hall was beautifully decorated and a delicious catfish dinner was served.
A fish fry and reunion for the Hollingsworths were held Saturday, July 21 at the home of my brother-in-law, Bob and Tula Hollingsworth near Aberdeen. Cousins traveling the longest distance were Dr. Harris and Melinda Hollingsworth of Greenville, Tx. My three children, Jimmy and Martha and son David and family of Tupelo were present, also Betty Greer of Cornersville and Danny and son, Luke of Starkville. Later Betty visited my only sister, Ann Hill and husband Herman, who live nearby. A favorite cousin, Sank Owen, who taught school in Potts Camp as a young man, was present at the reunion also.
Jeanie Anne Gadd, daughter of Jack and Pebble Gadd and granddaughter of T. M. and Annie Ruth Stone, recently attended a Theatre Camp in New Albany and then participated in Disney’s High School Musical at the Magnolia Civic Center in New Albany on Friday and Saturday nights, July 20 and 21. Annie Ruth and daughter, Tommye Ann Goode attended the performance on Friday night and were impressed with the performance of the students.
Emily Stone, daughter of Mitch and Jeanette Stone, celebrated her July 22 birthday in Chicago with friends. She is now living in Chicago and works with a comic book company.
Visitors of Mary Lois and Joan Gurley last Wednesday were Neva Sing, Katelyn Childers and Jane Goode.
PFC Riley Dickey, granddaughter of George and Dorothy Dickey, recently graduated from National Guard Basic Training in Fort Jackson, S.C. She is now stationed in Fort Eusted, Va. Riley is the daughter of Joe and Melissa Dickey of Jackson.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Rev. Joe and Christine Epting of New Albany in the loss of her mother, Louis Vance Hill on July 22. Mrs. Hill had been a patient in Graceland Nursing Home for several years and was a former resident of Tippah County. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 24 at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with burial in Dumas Cemetery. Rev. Epting was the pastor of First Baptist Church in Potts Camp several years ago.
Recent visitor of Mrs. Mattie Gurley was her daughter, Sherry Lothridge of Denton, Texas. Sherry just returned from a cruise in Spain and reported a wonderful trip.
Billy Joe and Elaine Jarrett recently visited his sister Betty Jean Keiffer and family in Hartsville, Ind. Accompanying them on the trip was their granddaughter, Paige Huff. They reported a nice trip and the weather was just great.
Bobby and Katie Smithwick joined his sisters, Betty Shaw from Holly Springs and Barbara Wasson from Kosciusko for the Alderson-Reed-Smithwick Reunion held at Chewalla Lake on July 7. A large crowd attended and everyone enjoyed the day. Some traveling a long distance for the reunion were Sam Smithwick from Maine, Clark Smithwick from Ohio, Walter Smithwick from Alabama, and Bradley Reed from Texas.
Remember you are never alone; God is in control! He will guide and strengthen you for whatever the day might bring.
Allow Him to help you reach out to others with a smile, a touch, a word, a prayer. As you help others, you will receive joy and peace. “Love Your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you.” Matthew 5:44 “When you stand praying, forgive.” Mark 11:25
Dear God, help us to come to you with the faith of little children, trusting that you will lead us in the path of righteousness. For Christ’s sake, amen.
God is love! If we love each other it pleases our Lord. Never forget what Jesus did to save us from our sins!
Prayers: Hazel Foote, Melanie Epperson, Martha Ross, Lina Mae Rhea, Lena Fay Work, Jean Derryberry, Betty Fincher, Adelle Hudson, Roy Foote, Juanita Howell, Mary Jo McCallum, L.D. Ford (dad of Bobby Clayton and others), Jessie Pipkin, also others who are ill. Always pray for peace.
The Greers owned Eagle Springs after 1906
The Greer families helped build the town of Potts Camp! Sometimes I read Monty Greer’s poem “Dance of the Butterfly.” Her husband, Lester Greer, was the first baby born in Potts Camp in 1887 to Mr. and Mrs. A.Q. Greer, the first banker. Monty’s dad was Dr. Boatner; like him, she was a born leader. He was a Mississippi senator for two terms in the ’20s. She organized the first PTAs in North Mississippi and was a member of the North Mississippi Methodist Board.
Lester Greer built a lovely home near the Potts Camp Methodist Church in 1918. After the first Potts Camp School was moved to its present lot, Monty named their home “Sunset View.” The Greers built one of the first stores in town, the later bought the two-story Laws store next door. It was located across the road from the Potts Camp Depot. They used the others as warehouses. During World War II, the first store was used as a sewing room to make army clothes, then in 1950 it became “The Dixie Theater.”
Mrs. Greer was a busy woman but she always had time to teach the girls my age how to sing Christmas carols, etc. as she played the piano. She built us a playground in her backyard, and drove us to Holly Springs in her big car and bought us ice cream cones.
The Lester Greers had four children, Louise, Dan, Frank and Ralph.
Louise married and moved up North. She died young and her son, Eddie Turner, came to live with them. I didn’t know Dan because he was older.
Ralph came back from World War II and married his childhood sweetheart, Martha Woodard. He also died young.
Frank was our friend. He loved Potts Camp. He was one of the first Potts Camp Cardinals. He served with my husband on jury duty and they laughed a lot. He was a banker in Arkansas. He is deceased now. They retired in Holly Springs also.
Other Greers were Robert Greer, Potts Camp Bank president, and Wright Greer. I enjoyed Wright Greer; he told me about Potts Camp before I was born. He lived to be over 100. He worked as banker in Holly Springs and was a veteran, also an insurance man in Potts Camp. Curtis Greer’s family was special also. I loved Mary Ella, a former school teacher, and also this family, A.Q. and Katherine. They were active in the Potts Camp Methodist Church and she taught our children in Sunday school. Mary Ella was very good to my daughter; she gave her a pretty dress to wear in a recital. She also gave Danny toys (those were Depression years and we had very little money) their children had outgrown.
My dad told me one time that I could always count on the Greers. We loved them and I’ll never forget how good they were to me.
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