Potts Camp News
Potts Camp-Bethlehem Fire Department fish fry May 10
Congratulations to Henry and Marjorie Clifton and family, who are celebrating the 25th baby in their family. Their daughter, Wilma and Wayne McGreer, are the proud grandparents of a baby girl, born April 11, to Angie and Billy Wooten. Her name is Emily Faith Wooten; she weighed 6-1/2 pounds.
Potts Camp/Bethlehem Fire Department will be having a fish fry at the Bethlehem Station, 5 to 7 p.m., May 10. Sheriff Kenny Dickerson will be doing the cooking. Proceeds will benefit the fire department.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Wilma Ray, age 80, who was buried recently in Macedonia Cemetery, also to the family of Harold Butler, age 81, in his recent death. Funeral services were held at United Funeral Service in New Albany. Burial was in Enterprise Cemetery. Also love and sympathy go to the family of Bill Ford in his recent death. He was buried at Cornersville Cemetery.
Henry and Mary Jarrett’s son-in-law and granddaughter, Clark and Angela Orman, have just returned from a trip to Australia. Their son and daughter-in-law of Tupelo spent last weekend in Los Angeles, CA.
Happy birthday to Irene Newsom on May 9; also to Bob Hollingsworth, my brother-in-law, and Tony Fincher on May 9. Happy birthday to Perry Pipkin on May 11; to Amanda Murphy on May 13 and Bessie Sue Nelson on May 15; to Cathy Edwards and Leah Paige Goolsby on May 16.
Prayers: Robert Hugh King, Roy Foote, Jean Derryberry, Nadine Vest, Henry Tutor, Mary Jo McCallum, Lena Fay Work, Juanita Howell, Lina Mae Rhea, Jessie Pipkin, Willie Thomas Wicker, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Diane Clayton, Mary Frances Clayton. Pray for those who have lost loved ones and those who are fighting overseas.
History and Memories
I’ll never forget the Potts Camp Bicentennial Celebration held July 3, 1976 on the surrounding grounds of the Potts Camp Bank on Center Street Mayor Roger Clayton showed his Bicentennial spirit by growing a handsome beard for the town’s celebration.
A.L. Sanders, school principal, was the master of ceremonies. He introduced Rev. Marlin Raines, new pastor of Potts Camp United Methodist Church, who gave the invocation.
Dallas King led the crowed in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, followed by the welcoming address by mayor Roger Clayton. Mr. King gave a brief history of Potts Camp.
Irene Wilson (now Strickland) led the crowd in the national anthem, accompanied by Gerry Sparks at the piano and Keith Watkins on the drums. Mitch Stone Jr. concluded the opening ceremony by demonstrating the shooting of a muzzle loaded gun, a replica of the ones used in 1776.
Next the fund-raising games and exhibits were opened; arts and crafts were on display. Paintings by Marsha Shaw and Mrs. Bobby Mitchell of Holly Springs and Mrs. Larry Crockett of Oxford and Charlie Brown of Potts Camp were on exhibit, also Mrs. Noel Akins of Marshall County Extension Service showed various arts and crafts. Prizes given were: Potts Camp Lions Club, a radio won by Corbett Moslen Jr.; Potts Camp Civic Club, cookware set won by Jimbo Gilliam; Potts Camp Fire Department, a handmade afghan won by Emma Mayer. In the fiddler contest, Frank Bennett and S.W. Henson both were awarded electric drills.
About 25 ladies coordinated by Irene Wilson modeled their Bicentennial costumes. The seven escorts were mayor Roger Clayton, James Carl Pipkin, Cary Mayer, Robert Luther, Donald Randolph and J.C. Pruitt, all of the fire department and A.L. Sanders of the Potts Camp Lions Club.
A barbecue supper prepared by chief Pruitt was enjoyed by all. Entertainment during the day was provided by David O. of Memphis and Dennis Henderson of Holly Springs.
The day was climaxed by an old fashioned square dance led by Pop Berryhill of the Bethlehem community. It was without a doubt one of the most memorable days for Potts Camp.
Many people who took part in the celebration are deceased. I stayed there all day and part of the night!
Have a good week!
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