Thursday, January 17, 2008
Potts Camp News
Bridal shower honors Julie Mayer in Brown home
Congratulations to Julie Mayer, daughter of Cary and Jo Ann Mayer, on her recent engagement to Justin Elliott of Hickory Flat. The wedding will be held March 15. A bridal shower was given for Julie on Saturday night at the home of her cousin, Tonya Brown with many relatives and friends attending.
Henry and Mary Jarrett hosted a birthday celebration for their daughter, Miriam Orman. All family members were present.
We are glad that Roger Wicker is the new senator. He was Lois Swanee’s guest on her radio program on Thursday, also our own Mitch Stone, a special singer, was her guest. He is song leader in our Potts Camp Methodist Church.
I was saddened by the recent death of a cousin, Margaret Waters of Plantersville, age 87. She had been sick a long time. I will miss her letters from the nursing home in Tupelo.
Congratulations to Cameron Strickland and Jason Rhea on their recent engagement and forthcoming wedding March 29. Her mother, Irene Strickland of Holly Springs, taught school here many years. We love her.
Ten Steps to Happiness
Happy birthday to Lena Fay Work on Jan. 15; to Wendy Poole and Olivia Blond (a great-granddaughter) on Jan. 16. Happy birthday to Elizabeth Hollingsworth and Leslie Gurley on Jan. 17; to Maxine Potts on Jan. 19 and David Greer Sr. on Jan. 20. Happy birthday to Mitch Stone Jr. on Jan. 22 and his dad, T.M. Stone on Jan. 24; to Jimmie Hard and William Byers on Jan. 26.
Prayer list: Gerry Vanzant, Jo Ann Potts, Jean Derryberry, Joe and Jean McCallum, Louise Randolph, Betty Fincher, Lena Fay Work, Donna Marett, Mary Lois Gurley, William Potts, Ella Rea Whaley, Betty Rose Jones, Roy Foote and Mary Jo McCallum.
History and Memories
Roger Clayton, mayor of Potts Camp, showed his bicentennial spirit by growing a handsome beard for the town’s celebration on July 3. He also served as one of the escorts for the style show that day.
The grounds near the Potts Camp Bank were the setting for the Potts Camp Bicentennial. It began at 11 with A.L. Sanders, school principal, as master of ceremonies. He introduced Rev. Marlin Raines, the new minister of Potts Camp Methodist Church, who gave the invocation. Dallas King led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, and mayor Roger Clayton gave the welcoming address, followed by a brief history of Potts Camp by Mr. King. Irene Wilson (now Strickland) led the crowd in the National Anthem, accompanied by Jerry Sparks at the piano and Keith Watkins on the drums.
Mitch Stone Jr. demonstrated the shooting of a muzzle loaded gun, a replica of the one used in 1776.
Following the opening ceremony, fund-raising games and exhibits were opened.
Arts and crafts were on display throughout the day. Paintings were exhibited by Marsha Shaw, and Mrs. Bobby Mitchell of Holly Springs, Mrs. Larry Crockett of Oxford and Charlie Brown of Potts Camp. Other arts and craft were on display by Mrs. Noel Akins, Marshall County Extension Service and others.
Prizes were given throughout the day, donated by several organizations: (1) Potts Camp Lions Club, a radio won by Corbett Marlar Jr. (2) Potts Camp Jr. Civic Club, cookware set, won by Jimbo Gilliam (3) Potts Camp Fire Department, an afghan, handmade by Mrs. D.W. Fuller, won by Emma Mayer (4) In the fiddlers’ contest, both Frank Bennett and H.W. Henson were awarded prizes.
Perhaps the most eye-catching event was the Fashion Show by Irene Wilson. About 25 women modeled their Bicentennial costumes. The seven escorts were mayor Roger Clayton, James Carl Pipkin, Cary Mayer, Robert Luther, Don Randolph and J.C. Pruitt, all of the Potts Camp Fire Department, and A.L. Sanders of The Potts Camp Lions Club.
A barbecue supper, prepared by chief Pruitt of the Potts Camp Volunteer Fire Department, was enjoyed by all. Entertainment throughout the day was provided by Avid Dee of Memphis and Dennis Henderson’s band of Holly Springs.
The day was climaxed with an old-fashioned square dance by Pop Berryhill of the Bethlehem community.
Thanks to the four local organizations of Potts Camp who made it all possible, and a special thanks to everyone who participated in the games, exhibits and entertainment throughout the day.
I really enjoyed attending the Bicentennial celebration! I stayed there all day.
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