December 4, 2008
Potts Camp News
As tradition, Santa visits Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving dinner guests of Joyce Clayton were family members Lynn and Martha Goolsby and children Hanna and Jamie, also Merion and David Hunsucker of Ashland and their daughter Tammie Cobb and daughter Kinsey of Myrtle.
We were saddened by the recent death of a dear friend, Dorothy Forester, age 84, of Cornersville. She leaves a daughter, Beverly Bailey of Holly Springs, three brothers, Jack, Joe and Lynn McCallum; one sister, Twilla Rutherford; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. We send our sympathy to them.
Betty Greer and a helper placed flowers (Christmas) on the many graves of our family and loved ones in Potts Camp Cemetery on Sunday afternoon.
Fifth Sunday Services for all three churches on the Potts Camp charge were held at Bethlehem Methodist Church Sunday.
Santa Claus sat in front of the Quick Stop in Potts Camp on Thanksgiving Day to talk to a long line of children. A former Potts Camp pastor, Rev. Jim Smith was the Santa; his wife Joann was with him.
Richard and Sue Erwin enjoyed a large group of family members to celebrate Thanksgiving in their home.
Thanks to the local General Dollar store for their generous donation to the Potts Camp High School and Library.
Mary and Henry Jarrett spent Thanksgiving in Tupelo with their son, Mark Jarrett and his family.
Henry Tutor and grandson William Thompson drove to Pontotoc on Thanksgiving Day to enjoy dinner with another grandson, Alan Griffin and family.
Andy and Connie Work and Betty Fincher drove to Memphis to celebrate Thanksgiving with Mr. and Mrs. Tony Fincher.
Birthdays — Julie Blond, Dec. 1; Marielle Blond, Dec. 3; teenage granddaughters of Betty and David Greer, Liesa and Carl Blond’s children; Ruby Churchill, Dec. 5; Jean King, Dec. 7; Betty Greer, Dec. 11; Dale Hollingsworth, Dec. 16.
Only God Knows
I do not know what lies ahead; the way I cannot see; But one stands near to be my guide; and I know He holds my hand; With God, things just don’t happen; Everything is planned; So as I face tomorrow with its problems large and small, I’ll trust the God of miracles and give Him my all.
Dear Lord, I pray at the close of each day you’ll find I’ve helped someone, somehow, some way. That I’ve not failed in word or deed to lighten the heart of someone in need. Though my talents be few I pray that you will find me a credit to you. For Christ’s sake, amen.
1. Prayer of St. Francis (my favorite)
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
2. Take time to pray; it is the greatest power on earth.
3. Prayer — Lord help us show compassion to a world that’s lost in sin, so when we share the gospel hungry souls for Christ we’ll win. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Special prayers — Robert Hugh King, who fell and was rushed to the Med; Diane Clayton; Lena Fay Work; Henry Tutor; Lina Mae Rhea; Juanita Howell.
Memories and History
Back in the ’20s, there were no buildings on the large vacant square, leading to the streets where the store, bank, post office and depot were located. Sometimes during the summer months, a silent movie would come to town and pitch a tent there; tickets were 5¢ and 10¢. James and I liked the Tom Mix movies and the cartoons.
Our family also enjoyed revivals in a tent there. Mother always took a quilt for the younger children to take a nap during services.
One special day, about 1930, we enjoyed “Trades Day.” They burned “Old Man Depression” at the pole (made of rags). The town was filled with people. I remember boys running a greased pig, and climbing a greased pole to reach the money at the top of the pole. The family with the largest number rode out of town in a wagon with a free barrel of flour as their prize.
Stores, city hall and the fire department fill the square now.
Until 1974, a small, white mayor’s office was located where the telephone building is located now. The town council meet there, and we voted there. When Roger Clayton became town mayor in 1974, a nice new city hall was built. Hot lunches were served for senior citizens there in a large dining area for several years. Jimmie Collins, Potts Camp mayor, drove a bus to pick them up every day. Members of the board of aldermen were George Boren (Wilfred), Fred B. Clayton, Henry Jarrett and Maurine Robison (all are deceased except Henry Jarrett). Evelyn Whaley was the town clerk.
The Potts Camp Fire Department was chartered in 1974 and the first fire truck was purchased. J.C. Pruitt was the first fire chief; later Cary Mayer filled that position, then Billy Edlin served until 1985. It was filled with volunteers. Until 1974, the only fire equipment we had was a large hose on two wheels. Now, thanks to the Bank of Holly Springs, who built a nice new bank on the highway, they gave our town the one on Center Street for a city hall. The fire department is now located in the first city hall. Many people have served our town well over the years, beginning in 1889 with only 75 people living here. We are also proud of our nice churches and schools.
God has really blessed us! We should thank Him every day!
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