Thursday, September 27, 2007
Jannah Morris honored on birthday
Kathy and David Pannell of Byhalia and Jean Shaw of Potts Camp attended the wedding of a relative, John Pierce, to Angela Deaton at St. Luke Methodist Church in Memphis on Saturday, Sept. 15. John’s parents are Bobbie and Bonnie Pierce of Byhalia. Bobbie grew up in Potts Camp. He and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Erskine Pierce, and his sisters, Dot and Joan, were friends of our family, the Potts.
Pray for Donald Henderson of Holly Springs who will have surgery at Oxford Hospital on Sept. 28. He is the brother of Charles Henderson, a friend.
Congratulations to Stephanie Roman and Matthew Green, who are planning an Oct. 13 wedding at the Memphis Zoo. Her parents are Jose and Adriana Roman of Olive Branch; he is the son of friends Jerry Lee and Karen Green of Potts Camp.
1. When the world falls down around you and a prayer will see you through, Say an extra prayer for someone who may need it more than you. For who knows what hearts are breaking in the silence of the night, Just an extra prayer you whisper may help someone see the light! Every time you help a stranger with an extra prayer or two, you are building secret blessings that will all come back to you. (Lindy’s Newsletter)
Romans 10 tell us: “If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised His son Jesus from the dead, you will be saved!”
1. Poem - God did not promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow or sun without rain. But God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and a light for the way, and all who believe in His kingdom above, He answers their faith with everlasting love.
2. I have no hands but your hands, to do my work today. I have no feet but your feet to lead God on the way. I have no tongue but your tongue, to tell men how I died. I have no help but your help to bring men to God’s side. Live for Jesus!
Congratulations to Kaleb Reid, a fifth grade student at Potts Camp School, in Kim Mill’s room. He was the only student in grades four through eight who made a perfect score on every subject. Kaleb is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Reid (pictured in The South Reporter).
Jannah Morris was honored on her birthday, Sept. 15, with a party. A large group attended.
Twins Alex and Alisa Smothers were 2 years old on Sept. 20. They had a celebration with family. Jean Gurley’s birthday was Sept. 21. Happy birthday to her!
Happy birthday to Judy Gurley, Faith Gurley and Alea Gurley on Sept. 27.
Pray for Tyler Goode in LeBonheur Hospital in Memphis. A benefit for him will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29 at First Baptist Church.
Recent dinner guests of Joyce Clayton on Sunday were her family, Merion and David Hunsucker of Ashland, Tammie Cobb and Kinsey of Myrtle and Lynn and Martha Goolsy, Hanna and Jamie.
We send our love and sympathy to my friend, Sylvia Phillips in the recent death of her husband, Richard Phillips.
Happy birthday to Shade White on Sept. 22 and Dene Randolph on Sept. 27; to Jan Pipkin and Dorothy Frazier on Sept. 29 and to John Nelson the last of Sept.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Betty Lee Maxey, Donna Marett, Jean Derryberry, Donald Henderson, T.M. Stone, Gerry Vanzant, Connie Work, Hazel Foote, Mary Jo McCallum, Martha and Rex Ross of Byhalia (daughter of Bernice Young, my friend).
One of Potts Camp’s greatest men was Dr. F.P. Boatner! As a child, I would sit on the steps at my grandparents’ home next door and listen to him discuss the town’s business with my grandfather, J.A. Potts, who was mayor of the town.
Dr. Boatner was born in 1851; his father died young, so his grandfather, John Wesley Boatner of Cornersville, helped his mother, Margarette Bird, rear him. He helped educate himself during the Civil War by doing odd jobs, and buying books and newspapers.
He wanted to become a doctor, so he apprenticed himself to an older doctor, Captain Montgomery of Cornersville to help him.
Later he entered the University of Louisville. He had a large family after he married Mary E. Willis, so he had to drop out of college and work to help his family. Finally, in 1891, he received his degree. He had 11 children.
His first Potts Camp home later became Williams Hotel. Then he built the lovely home on Church Street (now the home of Floy Ash). Dr. Boatner had an office upstairs over the store on Center St., but he spent most of his time traveling the country roads in his horse and buggy, helping sick people. He would stay overnight until they recovered. The weather was never too bad for him to visit the sick; he stayed one night at our house; my dad’s nose wouldn’t stop bleeding, but he finally stopped it. I remember him coming to see me when I was sick at a young age; he was kind and gentle.
At one time the people in our town had to haul water from a well near the railroad tracks. Late in the afternoon, lines of horse-drawn wagons were on Front St. waiting their turn to get barrels of water. They also had a long wooden trough for the horses to drink from.
In 1912 Dr. Boatner and A.Q. Greer, our first banker and one of the town’s first settlers, were instrumental in getting our town changed from a village to a town so we could borrow money.
In 1916, the first water tank was built, and water was piped to the homes. We also had sidewalks in town and roads built so people could travel on them.
Dr. Boatner was elected from Marshall County to serve in the State Senate in 1916 and again in 1924.
Many of Dr. Boatner’s children became famous, but the only one I really knew was Montgomery Greer, wife of Lester Greer, the first baby born in Potts Camp to Mr. and Mrs. A.Q. Greer, the first banker. I remember how proud Frank Greer, our friend, was of his two grandfathers — the late Dr. Boatner and the late A.Q. Greer. They were two special men!
Lena Colthorp Boatner was Dr. Boatner’s second wife. She wore a man’s hat and shirt when I knew her. She lived on in the Boatner home on Church Street and boarded teachers for many years after his death.
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