Thursday, January 10, 2008
Potts Camp News
Clayton family visits from Kentucky, enjoys late Christmas gathering
I hope 2008 will be a Happy Year for everyone!
The three churches on the Potts Camp United Methodist Charge met at Bethlehem United Methodist Church on Sunday for Fifth Sunday Rally. Cornersville Methodist is also part of the charge. After services by pastor Don Newton, they all enjoyed dinner together, then singing. Bethlehem Church is one of the oldest churches in this area dating back to 1854. The Bethlehem Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the county.
Jack and Linda Clayton and their family of Kentucky came to visit their family on Jan. 4. Jack and Linda stayed in the home of Joyce Clayton; their children stayed in a motel. Jack’s sister is Jo Ann Mayer and his brothers are Ralph Clayton, and Roger Clayton who lives in New Albany. Over the weekend, a late Christmas was held at Potts Camp Church of Christ Fellowship Building with Jack’s family members and friends attending. The Claytons grew up next door to me; they are all my friends.
On New Year’s Day, David Jr. and Amy Greer and two children, Dave and Mary Elizabeth of Cornersville visited with me. They took pictures of us together. He is my grandson.
A favorite cousin, Sank Owen of Aberdeen, long ago a former Potts Camp English school teacher and former retired principal of Amory and Aberdeen Schools, sends a newsletter out every new year. We always enjoy it; many people we know or distant relatives have died and we don’t know about it until we get his newsletter, also other news. Thanks, Sank. He enjoys The South Reporter.
Karen Williams from Kansas, daughter of my late sister Ann Hill, stopped to visit me on Friday. She came to visit her dad, Herman Hill, for the first time since her mother died in November. Karen works for an airline.
Mark and Alana Taylor and daughter Cheyenne of Corinth spent the weekend with her mother, Laverne Taylor and family.
Special prayers for Diane Clayton, Donna Marrett, Jerry Vanzant and others who are on the sick list.
Poem- New Hope
When everything seems hopeless and life is hard to bear, just find a quiet corner and say a special prayer. Ask God to give you strength, to see you through the day for He alone can help you, He alone can pave the way. Believe in Him, and trust Him, let Him be our guide. Miraculous things will happen when He is by your side. Once your cross is lifted and you can find that you can cope, be sure to thank almighty God, for giving you new hope. —Lindy’s Newsletter
Dear Lord, I pray at the close of the day you’ll find I’ve helped someone, somehow, some way; That I’ve not failed by word or deed to lighten the heart of someone in need. Though my talents are few, I pray that you will find me a credit to you. For Christ’s sake, amen.
I have no hands but your hands to do my work today. I have no voice but your tongue to tell men how I died. I have no help but your help to bring men to God’s side.
History and Memories
One stormy night after the first depot was built in our town in 1886, Dr. and Mrs. Vaughan arrived by train. She told later that she thought that they had come to the jumping off place. Other first town settlers were Mr. and Mrs. A.Q. Greer, the first banker; Mary Potts Reid and husband Charlie Reid and Mr. Jones. Mary Reid, daughter of the first Potts Camp settler, Colonel E.F. Potts, gave land for a right-of-way so the railroad would come this way and the depot was called Potts Camp.
Dr. Vaughan had the first telephone in town, so people who lived on the country roads could contact him.
The night the Vaughans arrived, a group of Methodists was holding a revival in a small school nearby. They started shouting and the floor fell in; Dr. Vaughan was called to help the injured. He built the first drug store in town and later published the Potts Camp newspaper with the help of a friend, called “The Illuminator.” It lasted two years.
The couple had two daughters, Mattie Vaughan, who married Bernard Jones; they reared three sons, Harry, B.G. and Jack, and one girl, Aileen.
Mattie Jones also operated a “Library on Wheels” for many years, taking books to people on the country roads.
Faye V. Peel was the Vaughan’s other daughter. She was a music teacher and taught in the first real Potts Camp School, located near the Methodist Church. She later served as Potts Camp postmaster for about 25 years. Her husband died young. She was adult Sunday school teacher and organist for many years in Potts Camp Methodist Church.
During the war, Miss Faye sold war bonds and contacted soldiers overseas when there was illness or death in a family.
When Miss Faye retired as postmaster, she was called to the coast by the postmaster general and presented a citation for her special work. A “This is your life” for Miss Faye was a surprise.
She played for funerals and weddings without charging them anything. She loved dogs; one day she was playing for a wedding when one of her dogs came down the aisle before the bride and started howling. He had to be carried out. She thought he was locked up.
We all loved Miss Faye; she worked in the Potts Camp Bank before she became postmaster. One day the bank was robbed and Miss Faye and Robert Greer, banker, were locked in the vault. George Boren, druggist next door, heard the alarm and called the police. They caught the men who robbed the bank. A trial was held in Potts Camp School auditorium. I attended my first trial that day, and stayed there all day. The older man got 40 years and the younger one 20 years.
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