September 4, 2008
Potts Camp News
Town meeting rescheduled due to holiday
Thanks to Sarah Doxey Greer from Tupelo, formerly of Holly Springs, for the special little booklet she made for me using my thoughts, pictures and special news items from The South Reporter.
On Saturday, recently a group of women from Temperance Hill Baptist Church attended a ladies retreat at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hickory Flat. They really enjoyed it.
Henry Tutor attended a family reunion at Pontotoc with his grandsons, William and Allen on Sunday.
The Potts Camp School, across the road is a busy place during the week. Many students attend there, and improvements have been made since last year. As I watch from my front porch, I remember the years my brothers and sister and I attended there, then later our children.
I was glad to hear from my son, Danny and family in Morristown, Tenn., where they have a new home. He called Saturday.
David and Teresa Hollingsworth and daughter, 12-year-old Sarah Lambert, visited me on Sunday. They had attended a soccer tournament in Collierville, Tenn., where the Tupelo team had won first place. Sarah Lambert was proud of her pretty medal.
Thanks to Lela Hale for the delicious spaghetti dinner she brought to me.
Happy birthday to Inez Jarrett and Berniece Young on Sept. 1; to my granddaughter, Vickie Winter, on Sept. 3; to Ashley Canerdy and Riley Dickey on Sept. 4; to Blake Randolph on Sept. 6.
I enjoyed a visit with Loretta Mathis when she came to my home.
We are thankful that Robert Hugh King has greatly improved. Lena Faye Work spent a few days in the hospital. We hope she is improving.
Please say a special prayer for Charles Henderson, who is in New Albany hospital.
Prayer list: Jean Derryberry, who is feeling some better, Lena Fay Work, Pauline Hutchens, Lina Mae Rhea, Connie Work. Pray for the families who have lost loved ones lately, Betty Fincher. Pray for our men and women in service, here and overseas. Pray for our leaders, that they will make the right decisions.
In the late ’20s, I was happy when our grandparents moved next door. One early morning in 1929, I ran over to see my grandmother. When I looked out the big window I was shocked; only burning bricks were left where our Methodist Church had stood. She asked me if we didn’t hear all the car horns honking and bells ringing the night before when the church burned? It was a two-story brick building built about 1926 after the one with the steeple was demolished. We did not have a fire department at that time.
Thanks to Robert Greer, banker and insurance man, he had it fully insured with the help of all the businessmen in town. Every family purchased a new pew. They have been renovated and padded and are still used. We worshiped in the new school, built in 1925, until the church was rebuilt. Rev. Lester James was the new pastor in the ’30s, He had a large family.
During those Depression years, people didn’t have much money for the pastor, so they let Bro. James teach forestry in our school. I was in his seventh grade class. His older daughter, Rosalie, became a good friend of mine. We enjoyed going on field trips to old Eagle Springs and studying trees.
He also took us to the cotton gin to see how it worked. We like him. That summer money was needed for the church, so he planned a play, and we had fun that summer, taking it to Ashland and Waterford schools, and performed it twice in Potts Camp auditorium. People donated many items that the church needed. Later a concert was held by the Greer family, when they donated a Hammond organ in memory of their mother.
Faye V. Peel and Miss Eugenia Eason and others played in the concert.
A playground was located near the parsonage, so we would meet there and play games. One day someone brought a horse for us to ride. It looked like fun, but when I got on it, two dogs started barking and it ran away with me. Two boys stopped it. From then on, I let the others ride the horse.
Les James was about 12 years old. He had a Press Scimitar paper route. One day while waiting on the Baptist Church steps for his papers, he saw a truck in front of my grandfather’s store next door. When he saw a dog in the front seat, he went over to see it, and saw a machine gun on the seat beside him. About that time, a woman came running out of a grocery store with a man behind her. She shouted, “I’m going to kill you.” The man told her “No, if you do that, people will know where we are,” so they jumped in the truck and rode away with drinks and food. Grandpa came out on the porch waving some money; he said, “You forgot your change.” They were Bonnie and Clyde, famous gangsters who were later seen in the Bethlehem area.
Les James told people everywhere about it! The next year the James family moved to Myrtle Methodist Church. We missed them.
Snow Lake News
Town meeting rescheduled due to holiday
Greetings, Snow Lakers! Haven’t we had some beautiful weather this week; not too hot, breezy and somewhat enjoyable.
Now that Labor Day is over, we can start to look for signs of autumn; like the leaves! Yes, they are starting to fall and slowly but surely needing to be raked up and bagged, just like last year and the year before and on and on. Although we still can expect some ninety-plus days ahead, it is, however, starting to smell a little like fall.
I don’t want to have this article look like a weather report, but it is one of the topics we discuss when we get together, along with ailments and the like. However, didn’t New Orleans just dodge a bullet named Gustav?
Hurricane Hanna and others are revving up to strike the U.S., so batten down the hatches and your boats to brace for the weather that is inevitable for Snow Lake.
For those who love southern barbecue the Community Center was the place to be Saturday evening. The center was overflowing with friends and neighbors as they enjoyed the delicious smoked barbecue and beans prepared by our own Jason Ross. The meat was outstanding and the slaw that Sue Graves prepared was just the right companion. Strawberry cake by Peggy and pound cake by Beverly made the night a sweet fellowship. Emily and her “crew” always do an outstanding job catering to us Snow Lakers. Thanks again.
The town meeting will be this coming Monday night, the 8th due to Labor Day falling on the first Monday.
The flowerbeds surrounding the Snow Lake signs at the entrances to the lake are now free of weeds and looking great. These signs and flowerbeds are very important to our community; for they welcome us home and also make a statement of who we are, as visitors enter our community.
Be sure to extend a warm welcome to our newcomers and re-locaters when you see them in person or on the lake. It never hurts to wave at people you pass on the lake, even if you don’t know who they are as yet.
So have a nice (wet) week and be safe and careful, especially on the lake. barb.snowlake@ yahoo.com
Holly Springs News
Congratulations to Joyce Lee Ivy
Benton County Singing Union was held at Samuel Chapel Church Sunday, Aug. 24.
Holly Springs Baptist Association’s fifth Sunday meeting was held at the Baptist Association Building.
Joyce Lee Ivy of Oakland, Calif., has bought herself a home in Miami, Fla.
Pastor James of Hopewell No. 1 will met with all the men Labor Day, 9 a.m. at the church.
Henderson Milan attended a study group meeting Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.
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