April 17, 2008
Potts Camp News
Nadine Vest honored with birthday celebration
Spring is an exciting time of the year. We are tired of staying inside during cold weather, and also high utility bills.
Jimmy and Martha came to Potts Camp on Sunday, after attending church service in Tupelo. I was happy to see them.
Thanks to Lela and Alana Hale for the delicious Sunday dinner they brought to me. I love that family!
Connie Work is improving after breaking her shoulder when she fell recently. She and her mother, Betty Fincher, enjoy keeping Andy and Connie’s little 2-year-old granddaughter part-time.
Bonnie Gurley and Frances Dorris went Sunday, April 6 to see Joel Osteen and his family at The FedEx Forum. They had a wonderful time.
The family of Nadine Vest honored her with a birthday dinner on Saturday, April 12. She was 77 on Sunday, April 13. Happy birthday to her!
Congratulations to Andrea Joyce, valedictorian of Potts Camp School 2008. She has been selected as a recipient of the 2008 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship.
Kimberly Allen and Jordan Mitchell, two gifted Potts Camp students, were recognized in the recent “Duck Art” stamp contest. Congratulations to them! Melissa Corry is the gifted art teacher at Potts Camp School.
We send our sympathy and love to the family of Celia Dunn, wife of the late Herbert Dunn, in her recent death. She leaves five daughters. They lived in Winborn for many years. Burial services were held in Memphis on Saturday and memorial service on Sunday at Oxford.
Hal Stone of Memphis visited Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone on Sunday. He is the son of the late Prentiss Stone, brother of T.M. Stone.
My granddaughter, Tracy Pipkin of Tupelo, visited me on Sunday. She is the youngest child of Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth.
Joyce Clayton and friends attended a singing on Sunday night at Corinth.
Happy birthday to Kym G. Morris on April 15; Wesley Poole on April 18; to Kyleigh Paige Rowland on April 19; to Laura Beth Goolsby on April 20; to Jason Pannell on the 23rd and Lindsey Morgan Potts on April 23 and Hunter Farr on April 24.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Pauline Hutchens, Scott Brownlee, Henry Tutor, Roy Foote, Donna Marett, Lina Mae Rhea, Dorothy Frayser, Connie Work, Jean Derryberry, Mary Jo McCallum, Betty Fincher, Mattie Gurley, Mary Frances Clayton, Nadine Vest. Pray for those who have lost loved ones, and our service men overseas, also the ones who have been in hospitals.
History and Memories
Many of us remember Kent Marett, who owned a large county store in Cornersville for many years. He died in 1972 at the age of 96.
Cornersville, where several counties meet, including Marshall, Benton and Lafayette, was once a horse station for stage coaches; it is older than Holly Springs and was incorporated at one time. Later it surrendered its charter.
Kent was the son of Capt. E.J. Marett, who served in the state Legislature before 1900 and helped write the constitution for the state of Mississippi. He was a civil engineer and surveyed all the land in that area.
Capt. Marett fought in the Civil War and was captured.
He was taken to a federal prison on Johnson Island in the Mississippi River. He returned home later. Dot Marett, sister to Kent, taught in Cornersville County School most of her life.
Supplies for the Kent Marett store were sent by rails to Potts Camp Depot where my dad, Benton Potts, was the depot agent. The roads were so rough, wagons drawn by mules were used to pick up the huge boxes of supplies. He sold hats, shoes, cloth by the yard, groceries, medicine and hundreds of other items. Ben Kirk was Mr. Marett’s first helper in the store, and later Mr. Nelms.
When the roads were improved, Kent bought a T Model truck to pick up his supplies. I remember the old timey cheese slicer, the platform scales, and the large school bell, once owned by his sister, Dot Marett.
I remember a large pot belly stove sitting in the center of a box of dirt. Men sat around the stove talking and chewing tobacco. The walls of the store were covered with old time calendars and posters. Among those I remember are the Phillip Morris Bell Boy, Gulf Oil poster, Garret Snuff and large animals.
Sons of Mr. Marett, who are all deceased, were Fred, Miller and E.J. Marett. Fred and Miller attended school at Holly Springs, but E.J. was our football hero at Potts Camp School. For several years after Kent’s death, the store was operated by sons Miller and Jean Marett and E.J. and Donna Marett. Now it has been sold. At one time all the people worshiped in one church. I attended all day singings there with dinner on the ground there. Now they have a Methodist and Baptist Churches. I have happy memories of Cornersville, where my daughter, Betty and David Greer live, and son David Jr. and family.
Donna is 95 years old. I talk to her on the phone often. She is my friend.
Eastern Star to meet at Waterford Lodge Saturday
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
The Masonic family had a wonderful time Sunday afternoon at the Waterford Lodge Hall, presenting the 66 Books of the Bible program.
Devariste Curry from D.C. spent a week with her parents, Elmira and Elcue Curry, to help take care of him during his illness. She returned home on Monday, April 14. She attended worship services at Greenfield Presbyterian while here. She also attended the program at Waterford Lodge Hall.
Bathsheba Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star, District 15 meeting will be held at the Waterford Lodge Hall on Sat., April 19. Registration is at 8 a.m.
Greenfield Church’s annual Calendar Day drive program will be held on the fourth Sunday in May at 3 p.m. Each and every one is invited.
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