Thursday, July 3, 2008
Potts Camp News
Connie and Andy Work vacation in Gatlinburg
Happy July 4th to everyone!
Connie and Andy Work spent last week in Gatlinburg on vacation.
Alan Griffin of Pontotoc visited his granddad, Henry Tutor, on Sunday. When he was a teenager and lived here, he was badly injured in a car wreck, his leg has never completely healed. The two other boys in the car were killed. I was glad to see him.
Longtime friends, Jewell and J.B. Work, visited me on Sunday. I was happy to see them. He had recent surgery for kidney stones. We are thankful he is feeling better.
Jewell’s mother, Jessie Pearl Osteen, age 81, of Pontotoc, had recent surgery. We are glad she is getting well.
Also, we enjoyed a 100th anniversary book together about the Potts Camp Methodist churches. Their pictures at Bethlehem Church celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary pictured also old friends who are deceased.
Rev. Jim Smith was the pastor at that time.
I’ll never forget that celebration in 1989. Bishop Robert Morgan, a relative of Flick Ash, was the guest speaker; a huge crowd attended.
Among the special people who stopped for a visit at my home were pastor Don Newton on Wednesday after prayer meeting and the new assistant Potts Camp principal, Chris Ferrell.
Say a prayer for Allene Randolph, who fell Thursday and broke her hip. She is in Baptist Hospital in Memphis.
My friend, Mary Frances Clayton, had recent surgery in Oxford. We are so glad that she is doing well and at home.
Leo Clayton, husband of Mary Frances, was saddened by the recent death of his aunt, Cora Clayton of Ecru, wife of the late Clarence Clayton. Funeral services were held at Brownings Funeral Home in Ecru on June 21 with burial in Clayton Cemetery in the Potts Camp area. She leaves 10 children and 92 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.We send love and sympathy to her family.
We were saddened by the sudden death of Milton Forester. We send our love and sympathy to his family.
Pray for the sad and lonely people everywhere, and for those who suffer and especially for those who have lost loved ones.
Prayer list: Jean Derryberry, Diane Clayton, Roy Foote, Mary Frances Clayton, Henry Tutor, Juanita Howell, Lina Mae Rhea, Colette Young, Lena Faye Work. Pray for the service men away from their families, serving our country, many dying for us. Help our leaders to make the right decisions. Pray for peace!
Memories and History
The catalog for the first Potts Camp School, 1913-14, has been handed down over the years. It was located near the Potts Camp Methodist Church.
The school had three rooms and a stage; at one time, 130 students attended there.
Advertisements in the catalog were:
1. J.W. Vaughan, Drug Store (first Potts Camp doctor). He had the first Potts Camp phone. Located on Front Street. It burned about 1917-18.
2. F.R. Boatner, office over Brownlee Store. Dr. Boatner traveled in a horse and buggy to help the sick people. (He would stay all night.) He served two terms in the ’20s as a state senator. I remember how wonderful he was.
3. J.R. Taylor - General Merchandise - cotton and seed buyer. I remember Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, they were active in Potts Camp Methodist Church. He served as superintendent of Sunday school.
4. R.T. Bellow. Restaurant and Groceries. He delivered ice to our house before our houses were wired, early in the ’30s. Mrs. Bellow was my Sunday school teacher when I was a child.
5. Reid’s Hotel - Located across the railroad tracks from the depot. Two-story building. Mr. Jamison bought the hotel for a home, and built a store nearby. I’ve been there many times to visit Mary Elizabeth Jamison. It burned in the ’30s.
School faculty members - B.L. Burford, principal; Jessie Smith, primary; Miss Boatner, first assistant; Faye Vaughan, music; others to be selected
Board of trustees for school - Dr. F.P. Boatner, Will H. Potter and Lee W. Brown.
6. Bank of Potts Camp - president, A.Q. Greer; vice president, B.A. Edwards; cashier, Clifton Jones; capital, stock paid in $10,000; surplus owned, $14,000; undivided benefits, $12,000; deposits, July 1, 1913, $50,000.
In 1950, Robert Greer, banker, died and the bank was closed. He was the son of A.Q. Greer.
The town council members in 1913 were Lester Greer, Dr. F.P. Boatner, J.F. Taylor, M.F. Brownlee, B.G. Jones, G.F. Boren.
In 1917, these men of vision purchased the land of our present school and built a two-story brick school there. In 1918, a plane landed across the railroad tracks. The children started to jump out of the windows and doors to run and see the flying bird. My brother, James, attended school there; it had only 11 grades. The school burned in 1924, the first year I attended school.
I remember going out in the yard to help Mother bring in the sheets and Dad’s white shirts, as the smoke blew over our house. The school started late the next year, 1925, in the new school (still a part of our school). It had 12 grades, the others had only 11 grades. God has blessed us!
In 1926, the first two graduates were Dallas King and Willie Mae Potter.
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