August 21, 2008
Potts Camp News
Large crowd attends Cornersville Baptist revival
We are proud of our Potts Camp Schools, Mary Reid and Potts Camp High School.
Get well wishes to Robert Hugh King, who suffered a heart attack on Sunday. Pray for him.
Guests of Joyce Clayton on Saturday were her daughter, Merion Hunsucker of Ashland and her daughter, Tammy Cobb and Kensie of New Albany.
A large crowd attended the revival at Cornersville Baptist Church last week. The pastor is Rev. Joe Epting, a former pastor of Potts Camp Church many years ago. We always loved him and his wife, Christine.
Henry Tutor and grandson, William Thompson attended the funeral of his sister-in-law, Molly Tutor in Pontotoc on Sunday. They also visited another grandson, Allen Griffen and family, who lives there also. We send our love and sympathy to the family.
We send our deepest sympathy and love to the family of Alene Randolph, who died Wednesday, Aug. 13. She has been my friend since school days.
Happy wedding anniversary to Tommie and Gale Goode on Aug. 20; also to Billy and Ann Edlin on their wedding anniversary, Aug. 20. Happy birthday to Mary Jarrett on Aug. 22. Happy birthday to Elinor Edwards on Aug. 25; to Don Randolph on Aug. 26 and Hanna Goolsby on Aug. 27.
Prayer list: Robert Hugh King, the family of Alene Randolph, Jean Derryberry, Lena Fay Work, Lina Mae Rhea, Mary Jo McCallum, Betty Fincher. Pray for those who have lost loved ones and all who suffer; our men and women in service and the leaders of our country. Until next week, God bless.
Memories and History
This is a picture of the past in Potts Camp, about 1913. The Methodist Chapel with a high steeple was built in 1904 by J.A. Potts, my grandfather. The first one was struck by lightning and burned. The Potts Camp School, on the lot next to it, was the first real school. It had three rooms and a stage; at one time 130 pupils attended there. About 1917, men of vision purchased the present school lot, across the road from me, and built a two-story brick building. It burned in 1924 the year I started to school there. It was rebuilt in 1925 (part of this first school has been renovated and is still a part of our school).
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Greer bought the lot where the first school started and built a lovely home there. They reared four children there and lived in the lovely home all their lives. It still stands. Mrs. Greer was Dr. Boatner’s daughter. She started the first PTAs in North Mississippi and served on the Mississippi Methodist Church Conference.
The man in the buggy drawn by horses in the picture was Doug Laws. The young boys are Harry, B.G. and Jack Jones, nephews of Mr. Laws. Mr. Laws and his wife, Birdie, owned one of the first stores in town, the two-story brick building with a stylish hat shop upstairs. They sold it to Greer and Greer when I was a child. I remember climbing the stairs with my mother to purchase a hat. Birdie Laws made the beautiful wide-brim hats in all colors and decorated them with ribbons, flowers and plumes. Her sister worked with her.
Mr. Laws had a lunch stand at the back of the store. He bought any kinds of animals and used the meat for sandwiches. He was a funny old man. My dad laughed at him! He ordered his chef, Sam Howell (a dear old man we all loved) to put turnip greens between the bread if he ran out of meat.
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Greer were Dan, Louise, Frank and Ralph (all deceased). Frank was our friend. He loved Potts Camp.
Snow Lake News
Welcome to new Snow Laker, Bill Smith
The weather for August has been ideal. Temperatures have been perfect for boating and it seems like there have been more pontoon boats riding for pleasure and fishermen “goin’ after ’em” than usual on the lake.
This ideal weather has mosquitoes knocking at our door and insisting on joining our company on the deck when we entertain or following us while out boating. Some are large enough to saddle up and ride and others are so immune to our candles and spray that while we are dining they are also dining on us. During this unusually wet August we must take extreme care to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus, which is a killer. Please turn over all boats and other objects that can hold water where these little pests raise their families.
Rains can bring the deadly mosquito, but it has also brought us joy in August in the form of cooler weather, greener scenery and more enjoyable outside time. On a recent beautiful cool day I convinced Hubby to tag along on an antique hunt in our area. When we stopped and asked for directions, two ladies were eager to tell us that the antique shop was just “down the road” but they started arguing over how many “hollers” we had to pass before reaching our destination. Hubby and I just love the country.
While out boating during this wonderful weather we saw two logs that were over 12 feet long floating in the lake. Another large log was dangerously peeking up just a few inches above the waterline and it refused to be towed to the banks. On lakes such as ours, trees that were cut down many years ago and not removed will continue to come to the surface. Please report any logs or other floating matter to the corporation office and it will be removed as soon as possible.
Pot luck is this Saturday in the community center so “whup up” your favorite dish and bring it on down for everyone’s enjoyment. It’s always exciting to see what awaits us on this bountiful table of culinary art produced by the wonderful cooks of your community.
This past month, there has been one wedding and one wedding reception in our community center, so don’t forget, this is your community center and for a very reasonable fee, you may also rent it out for special occasions.
Leslie Zarnstorff passed away this past Saturday, leaving his wife, two daughters and grandchildren. Leslie will be greatly missed by his family, as well as many of his Snow Lake friends.
A big Snow Lake welcome goes out to Bill Smith who recently moved to the lake. Bill expresses a desire to become an active participant in the activities of our community. If you know of anyone who is new to our community, please notify me and we will give them a big Snow Lake welcome. Until next time, please remember that our speed limit on the lake is five m.p.h. and on land is twenty-five m.p.h.
Holly Springs News
Grandparent’s Day at Hopewell No. 1
Marshall County Retired Education Personnel met Friday, Aug. 8 at the library. The association went on a tour to the Civil Rights Museum Tuesday, Aug. 11. The next meeting will be Friday, Oct. 10 at the library with the president presiding.
Grandparents Day will be observed the second Sunday in September, 10:45 a.m. at Hopewell No. 1.
Henderson Milan came home Tuesday, Aug. 11 from the hospital, undergoing minor surgery in North Mississippi Hospital, Oxford.
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