October 23, 2008
Potts Camp News
Amy Greer honored with stork shower
Congratulations to the winners of the beauty pageant that was held at Potts Camp School last week.
We send our love and sympathy to the family and friends of Junior Cummings, age 82, in his recent death. A large crowd attended funeral services at Carl White Gym in Potts Camp.
We are thankful that Charles Henderson was able to leave the nursing home. We send get well wishes to him.
Attending the homecoming at Spring Hill Baptist Church on Sunday, Oct. 12 were friends Mary Minor, Katherine Greer Sundstrom and Nancy Lane. They enjoyed it.
A stork shower was held at Pinedale Church of the Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday evening, Oct. 12 for Amy Greer, wife of David Greer Jr. (my grandson). Betty Greer and a special family friend, Martha Hardy of Cornersville, attended the event together. Amy received many nice useful gifts; a large group of friends and relatives attended. The couple have two young children, Dave, 8, and Mary Elizabeth, 6.
Last weekend our family enjoyed a visit from newlyweds from Denton, Tx. They are Lilah Greer Ward and husband, Jamie Charles Shepherd, who married Oct. 3. Liliah is the oldest child of my granddaughter, Liesa Blond (Betty and David Greer’s daughter). We liked him very much; his dad is a minister.
Happy birthday to Danny Hollingsworth on Oct. 18, also to Claire Harper on Oct. 18 and Marla Canerdy on Oct. 19. Happy birthday to Bill Kitchens and Jack Gadd on Oct. 21. Happy birthday to Tonya Brown on Oct. 26, and Molly Byers, a special friend, on Oct. 27. Happy wedding anniversary to Betty and David Greer on Oct. 27.
Prayer list: Polly Churchill, Lina Mae Rhea, Henry Tutor, Mary Jo McCallum, Lena Fay Work, Hazel Foote, Faye Stanton, Betty Fincher, Connie Work, Linda Thieson, Charles Henderson.
Memories and History
After the first Potts Camp Depot was built in 1886, Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Vaughan arrived one stormy night on the train. They were one of the first four families to come to our town. Others were Mr. and Mrs. A.Q. Greer, the first banker; Mary Potts Reid and husband, Charlie Reid; and the Jones family. Mary Reid, only daughter of Colonel E.F. Potts, the very first settler in this area, had given the right-of-way to the Frisco Railroad, so the railroad would come this way.
The night of the Vaughans’ arrival, a group of Methodists was having a revival in an old school house. They started shouting and the floor fell in. The new doctor was called to help the injured. They liked the new doctor. Dr. Vaughan built the first drug store in town, owned the first telephone and published the first newspaper with the help from a friend. It was called “The Illuminator.”
The first Potts Camp board meeting was held in 1888. Dr. Vaughan served as the first secretary and treasurer. Children of Dr. and Mrs. Vaughan were Faye V. Peel, whose husband died young, (he brought the first car, a one seated Turnabout, to town); Mattie V. Jones was their other daughter. She was married to Bernard Jones. They had three sons, Harry, B.G. and Jack; also one daughter, Aileen Warren. Mattie operated a “Library on Wheels and took books to people on country roads.
Miss Faye (as we called her) worked with Robert Greer in Potts Camp Bank. One day two men robbed the bank and locked Mr. Greer and Miss Faye in the vault. They pushed the alarm button and George Boren, in the drug store next door, called the police. The police came quickly and followed the two men to their homes.
The trial was held in Potts Camp School auditorium. As a young girl it was the first trial I had attended. They both had to serve a jail sentence.
In 1932 Faye, as we called her. was appointed to the Potts Camp Post Office. She had been a former Potts Camp music teacher. We all loved Miss Faye. During World War II she sold war bonds and helped families keep in touch with their sons in service.
In 1960 after Miss Faye had retired as Potts Camp postmaster, she was called by the Postmaster General to come to a dinner and convention in Jackson. Miss Faye was presented a citation of merit and outstanding service by General Summerfield. They also showed a “This is your life” about her. We all loved Miss Faye, She was the adult Sunday school teacher and organist in Potts Camp Methodist Church for many years.
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