Thursday, November 1, 2007
Potts Camp News
Thomas Goode receives special recognition in competition
Pictured in the Baptist Record on Oct. 11 for perfect attendance for Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp were Lynda McAlexander, Billy McAlexander, Madalynne Ash, Etoyle Ash and Inez Jarrett.
Thomas Goode, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Goode, entered a road machine contest in North Carolina recently; his parents went with him. He received special recognition for being a good operator. Congratulations! Thomas is a special young man; they are all friends.
Pauline Hutchens spent a few days recently at Union County Hospital in New Albany. Get well wishes to her!
Congratulations to Justin Lee Hall and Jamie Elizabeth Monsour on their marriage at Raymond United Methodist Church. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Randall Rucker of Oxford and Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Lee Monsour of Brandon, and he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry M. Hall of Potts Camp. His grandparents are our friends, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cooper.
Fred and Mary Jo Whaley attended the 60th wedding anniversary of Ralph and Ella Jean Loftin at Mt. Pleasant recently. Others who attended were friends (former) Joy Lynn Kimery and husband Lanier Young of Tupelo.
Open Door Baptist Church in Winburn enjoyed a Halloween celebration on Saturday. Sammy Ford pulled the wagon for a hayride.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to always put you first in our hearts and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We thank you for all our blessings; forgive our sins and put love in our hearts. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Betty Greer and I enjoyed a recent visit with special friends Lela Hale, a Potts Camp teacher, and her daughter, Haven Hale, also a teacher. They came to my home. Betty and Lela both taught school at West Union School together for many years. Other daughters of Kerry and Lela Hale are Brook Hale, also a school teacher, and Alana Hale, a college student at Northwest College.
Happy birthday to Joey Hart on Oct. 28, to Caleb Knight on Oct. 29.
Happy birthday to Jacob Grantham, Jake Hollingsworth; to Wade Murphy on Nov. 2; to Billy Rex Wilson on Nov. 4. Happy birthday to Rodney Whaley, our banker, on Nov. 5, and his daughter, Amanda Smith, on Nov. 6; and to Tracy Sanders on Nov. 6; also to Brandon Wilson on Nov. 6; and Craig Gurley on Nov. 6. Happy birthday to Liesa G. Blond, of San Antonio, Tx., a special granddaughter, on Nov. 8; and to a special daughter-in-law, Martha Hollingsworth of Tupelo, Jimmy’s wife, on Nov. 8.
Prayer list: Pauline Huchens, Mary Jo McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Donna Marett, T.M. Stone, Lina Mae Rhea, Juanita Howell, Maxine Thomas, Mary Frances Clayton, Diane Clayton, Adelle Hudson, Jamie Smith, Cecil Conlee, Lina Faye Work, Connie Work and others. Pray for our soldiers fighting for our country and for peace.
Many people today don’t remember Potts Camp’s famous landmark, the old coal chute, built in 1915 and demolished in 1977.
In 1950, when the last train with a coal engine passed through our town, it was no longer needed, so it became a landmark. It was the largest one on the Frisco line, and the only one between Memphis and Amory, so every train stopped for coal and water.
The old railroad depot (now demolished) and the Potts Camp coal chute were very important during World War II. The depot stayed open 24 hours a day; sometimes my dad, J.B. Potts, worked two shifts. Troop trains traveled 24 hours a day from one part of the country to the other.
Sometimes the solders would get off the train and admire the old coal chute. Jimmy and I had trouble finding a seat when we came home during the war. Local people were there to cheer them on.
Pictures were painted by artists of the old landmark; we could see it from our home and school, we thought it would always be there.
My grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Potts, lived near the structure, in their two-story “Potts House.”
One day, James and I climbed up on the old coal chute and looked over the town. It was fun. Then we climbed the two ladders to the old round “PettiCoat Junction” water tank, and looked down at the deep, clean water. God was watching over us.
When they demolished the coal chute, we watched as they would swing a large ball against it, but they finally had to blow it up. It almost busted my ears. They buried the large structure near the railroad tracks. It was heavy.
I have a large, framed picture of the old coal chute! I’ll never forget it!
Until next week, God bless.
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