Thursday, August 7, 2008
Potts Camp News
Community mourns the death of long-time resident, Coach Stone
We were saddened Thursday by the death of a special resident of our town, T.M. Stone, wonderful Potts Camp coach for many years. I enjoyed being in his adult Sunday school class also. We all loved him. We send love and sympathy to his wife, Annie Ruth, and their special family. Funeral services were held Sunday.
The former Brownlee girls, who grew up in Potts Camp and moved to Jackson in the ’50s, were visiting in this area last week. They are Iva B. Smith of Thaxton and Dorothy White of Jackson. They visited old friends, Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone, then stopped by my house to see me. We love them very much. On Sunday, they attended a family reunion at Ebenezer Methodist Church.
Sonya and Greg Kidd of Pass Christian were in Tupelo over the weekend visiting their parents, Mr. Kidd and Jimmy and Martha Hollingsworth. On Sunday, Sonya (my granddaughter) and a great-granddaughter, Suzette, came to see me and brought gifts and special food.
Every Thursday a group of the church members from Temperance Hill Church visits Trinity Mission Nursing Home and sings for them. Many friends of ours are in the home. We send special prayer for Alene Randolph, who is a patient there, after breaking her hip. She is a special friend I grew up with.
Roy Foote, who died recently, was a special, Christian man with many friends and family who loved him. I remember him singing specials at the Potts Camp Baptist Church long ago. When he sang “I’ll fly away,” he went tiptoe as he sang. We send our love and sympathy to all his family, especially his wife, Hazel, who is my special friend.
Prayer list: Families who have lost loved ones; those who are sick and suffering and men and women fighting for our country; Jean Derryberry, Alene Randolph, Henry Tutor, Diane Clayton, Lena Fay Work, Juanita Howell, Lina Mae Rhea, the family of T.M. Stone, Mary Jo McCallum, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, David Brock, my cousin Ernestine and J.T. Gravatt of Nesbitt, others who are sick or hurting. We should all pray for peace on earth.
History and Memories
America’s Bicentennial 1976 in Potts Camp
The grounds near the Potts Camp Bank in town were the setting for Potts Camp’s Bicentennial on July 3. Roger Clayton, the town mayor, showed his Bicentennial Spirit by growing a handsome beard for the celebration. He also served as one of the escorts for the style show that day. It started at 11 o’clock with A.L. Sanders, school principal, as master of ceremonies.
He introduced Rev. Marlin Raines, new pastor of Potts Camp United Methodist Church, who gave the invocation. Dallas King led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. 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 one used in 1776.
Following the opening ceremonies, fund-raising games and exhibits were opened. Arts and crafts were on display throughout the day.
Paintings were by Mrs. Bobby Mitchell and Marsha Shaw of Holly Springs, Mars. Larry Crockett of Oxford and Charlie Brown of Potts Camp.
Prizes were given throughout the day, donated by several organizations: 1. Potts Camp Lions Club, a radio won by Corbreth Marlor Jr.; 2. Potts Camp Jr. Civics Club, a cookware set won by Jimbo Gilliam; 3. Potts Camp Fire Dept., an afghan made 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 fire department, and A.L. Sanders of the Potts Camp Lions Club. A barbecue supper by Chief Pruitt of Potts Camp Fire Department was enjoyed by all. Entertainment throughout the day was provided by Avid of Memphis and Dennis Henderson’s band of Holly Springs.
Thanks to all the four organizations who made it all possible. The day was climaxed by an old fashioned square dance by Pop Berryhill of the Bethlehem Community. I stayed there all day and enjoyed it.
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