Thursday, June 12, 2008
Potts Camp Reunion held
By Mary R. Minor
Members of the Potts Camp Class of ’58 were honored at the Potts Camp School Reunion last Saturday. Classmates in attendance were Ruth Bowen, Toni Newsom Caldwell, Ganus Gadd and wife Estelle, Jimmie Kimery and wife Lurline, Sam Kirk, Alta Faye Day Lawrence and husband Richard, Shirley Clark Roser, Linda Watson Theisen, Barbara Smithwick Wasson and Jean Shaw Whaley. As a further celebration of their 50th anniversary, class members will meet June 21 at JB’s Restaurant on the square in Holly Springs.
Leigh Anne Sanderson, newly appointed principal of Potts Camp School, welcomed everyone to the reunion and invited former students, faculty and visitors to visit the school at any time. She expressed appreciation to participants for their dedication in attending each year and invited the group to continue utilizing the school facilities for their annual meetings. Several items that have been projected for the school to help better educate the students were mentioned.
Mitch Stone Jr. served as master of ceremonies and sang several selections throughout the day. He started the program by singing the National Anthem with audience participation, followed by a prayer.
Annie Ruth Stone was introduced and recognized as having been one of the organizers of the school reunions starting with her 50th class reunion in 1989. She spoke briefly to the group and thanked everyone for attending. She expressed appreciation from Coach T. M. Stone who was unable to attend.
Next on the program were comments from members of the class of 1958, followed by comments from members of the class of 1948 who were celebrating their 60th reunion. Billy Bowen and wife Mildred and John Bowen and wife Betty represented the class of 1948.
Norris Boren, class of 1959, was recognized as traveling the farthest to attend the reunion. He resides in California.
Mitch read a message from Don Randolph, superintendent of education, who sent regrets that he was unable to attend. The message stated several plans for the future and betterment of the school. One item was the acquisition of property adjacent to the school grounds that has been purchased and will be developed as needed.
Starting with the class of 1939, each year was called out with a representative from that particular class sharing comments with the group. A lot of reminiscing about the school and the impact it had made on their lives was mentioned.
The cafeteria was decorated in a patriotic theme this year using fresh flowers and American flags throughout the room. A wonderful lunch was served.
Also attending the 19th annual reunion were Frank Evans, Jim and Jean Lindsey, Sue Gilliam, Ray Evans, Corinne Pearson, Suzy Stilwell, Sylvia Smithwick, Jeanette Stone, JoAnn Gholston Cox, Doris Poole, Vecelia Gadd, Lee (Sonny) Cox, Elizabeth Hunsucker, Maxine Avent, Earnest Reece and wife Neva, Louis Sanders, Jackie Luther, Betty Bowen Brower, Jennie Payne Reed and husband Billy, James Gray, Sylvia Akin, Jerry Rhea, Charles Gurley, Lottie (House) Whiting and husband Bob, Fred and Mary Jo Whaley, Lanier and Joy Young, Joe McCallum, Lorene Gandy Miller and husband Jim, Billie Newsom Baum, May Wren and granddaughter Hayley Wren, Mrs. Lucille Kimery, Cary Mayer, Jackie Hart Wilson and husband Bill, Robert Phillips, Margaret Hart, Jeanean Ross May and husband David, Ruby Thompson, Tommye Ann Goode, Elaine Nichols, Betty Smithwick Shaw, Bobby Smithwick and wife Katie, Joan Gurley, Nancy Green, Mary Minor, Lisa Murphy, and Amanda Murphy.
To close out the day, Mitch thanked Joan Gurley and members of the food committee for the delicious meal and reminded everyone to mark their calendars for the first Saturday in June of 2009 for the 20th annual school reunion. “Make plans now to attend and invite others to attend as well,” he encouraged.
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