February 7, 2008
Potts Camp News
Pam Sparks honors Julie Mayer with bridal shower January 24
T.M. Stone received many cards, visits and phone calls on his birthday, Jan. 24. Many of them were from his former students and members of his Potts Camp Cardinal basketball teams over the years. He and Annie R. have a wonderful family. They plan to have a celebration later.
Pam Sparks honored Julie Mayer with a (bridal) Stanley Party in her home on Sunday afternoon Jan. 24.
Dinner guests of Joyce Clayton on Sunday were her daughter, Merion and David Hunsucker of Ashland. That afternoon her son, Lynn and Martha Goolsby and children, Hanna and Jamie, joined them.
Henry Tutor and grandson William visited another grandson, Alan Griffen and family in Pontotoc on Sunday. Alan is recuperating from recent leg surgery. He was injured in a car accident when he was a teenager, and it has never healed. Pray for him! (Two other boys were killed in the wreck.)
Get well wishes to Amanda Smith, daughter of Betty and Rodney Whaley, who had recent surgery.
A former Potts Camp resident, Hope Stroud of Water Valley, called recently. She has been on the sick list, but is feeling better; her daughter who lived with her was in the hospital when she called. Someone had given them a nice home. Get well wishes to her daughter, Cheryl.
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Fincher of Memphis were recent dinner guests of his mother, Betty Fincher, and Connie.
Sue Rowland, assisted by Nancy Green, hosted a baby shower brunch for a cousin, Kari Nelson Ferguson of Memphis, on Saturday, Feb. 2 at her home near Cornersville. Attending to celebrate the birth of Thomas and Kari’s first child were Kari's mother, Carol Fennell of Hernando, her aunt Mary Lois Gurley, and cousins, Margaret Hart, Sherry Colhoun, Rebecca C. Moore, Mary Minor, Joan Gurley, Doris Poole, Sue Rowland, Rhonda R. Smothers and children (Daniel, Alex and Analisa), Judy M. Gurley, Jeanette G. Stone, and Nancy G. Green. Kari received many beautiful and useful baby gifts and everyone enjoyed the day.
Happy birthday to Edward Gurley and Lamar Day on Feb. 9. Happy birthday to cousin Sank Owen on Feb. 9; to Lauren Brook Potts and Lisa Rynes on Feb. 10; to Susan Nelson on Feb. 13; also to my grandchildren Sonya Kidd, David Hollingsworth and Teresa Hollingsworth on Feb. 13. Happy birthday to Terri Kitchens, daughter of Mable and Lamar Day; also happy birthday to Jeff Knight on Feb. 16.
Prayer list: Jean Derryberry, Lena Fay Work, Donna Marett, Henry Tutor, Nadine Vest, Mary Jo McCallum, Diane Clayton, Roy Foote, Jamie Smith, Lina Mae Rhea, Juanita Howell, Hope Stroud and daughter, Cheryl.
Memories and History
One day a Potts Camp teacher asked her class if they knew who the governor of Mississippi was. A small boy raised his hand and said, “I know, it’s Harry Jones!” He knew that his mother paid her light and water bills at his business, and where she called if the lights were out or the water stopped running.
Harry Jones was the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Vaughan, the first Potts Camp doctor. He married a lovely Potts Camp School teacher, Clara Rose. For four years they lived at Amory; he worked as a railroad brakesman. Laer they moved back to Potts Camp, where he built a business; it lasted 60 years. He was town mayor several times. The couple had three wonderful children, Betty Rose, Mary Frances and Kathryn. They were members of the Potts Camp United Methodist Church.
Miss Rose, as we called her, began teaching school again after Kathryn was born. She was a very special teacher, both in Potts Camp School and the Potts Camp Methodist Church. She taught our three children in Sunday school and grade school.
One day she decided to take her class and others on a train trip. They had never been on a train before. Many of the children’s mothers went along.
Danny was in her third grade class; I was working at the school, so I watched out the window as they passed through town. Some of the parents drove them to Holly Springs where they boarded the train, then drove to New Albany to pick them up. The children were very excited. Harry and Rose built a lovely home on the lot where his parents Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Jones lived. Harvey took care of the town business free of charge. He always checked the water tanks to be sure they were alright, he also watched after the churches. If strangers parked there, he checked to see what they wanted. We didn’t lock the doors then. When a train stopped at the crossing, Harry would be there. Harry had always had a fascination for trains. Like my dad who worked as depot agent, the sounds of an approaching train was music to their ears.
In 1989 the Burlington Northern Railroad that bought out the Frisco Railroad made a good will trip from Memphis to Amory. The “Service by Design Trains” had five cars and hosted 40 special passengers for a three-hour trip that day, with a special dinner served to the guests.
Harry Jones was invited on the trip!
When a train stopped at Potts Camp’s crossing, people would say, “There goes Harry!” That day as the special train passed through they said, “There goes Harry!”
For many years Harry Jones and Hayes Henderson would attend the Railroad Festival held in Amory every year. They also attended the Jimmie Rodgers Day in Meridian a few times.
We miss Rose and Harry and also Hayes Henderson (all deceased).
Snow Lake News
Serious dicussion held regarding leash law
“How High’s The Water Mama? One foot high and risin’.” That old Johnny Cash song comes to mind every morning as I awake to see a changing lake. The past several weeks have been interesting, but oh, how I am anxious to see our beautiful lake return. “We seldom think of what we have, but we often think of what we miss.”
Last Thursday morning when the temps were in the low thirties and there was a layer of thin ice everywhere, I observed a few men that were chest deep in the cold lake replacing rotten boards on a dock that was in a deep water area. They worked very hard for about an hour but finally gave up and returned later in a heavy rain to get some bracing completed. Cold, ice and rain kept some homeowners from completing their major projects, but hopefully they can finish in warmer weather.
After hearing concerns from residents, including Hubby, who got wet while launching a boat, the corporation made plans to remedy that problem by improving the boat ramp. Work was completed, concrete was poured and we now have a wonderful new boat ramp that will make it easier to launch today’s heavier and longer boats. The board listened to the homeowners, as they should have, and took action for which we are most appreciative.
The February town meeting was held this past Monday with Mayor Pierpont presiding and alderwoman Lott and aldermen Bledsoe and Morton in attendance. The mayor suggested that the town needs to purchase a new tractor with attachments and a decision on the purchase will be made in the near future. There was also a serious discussion concerning the continued problem of a few homeowners still disregarding the leash law of our town, especially during the night. The town will possibly adopt the Benton County “dog and dangerous pet law” as did Ashland recently, at a later date after some research of requirements. There are a couple of pit bulldogs in our town and those in attendance at the meeting were informed that it is against the law to own a pit bulldog in Benton County. There are too many complaints coming from homeowners who are afraid to go walking or to do other outside activities including working in their yards. They feel threatened by these dogs and it is a shame.
This time last year we were enjoying the little coots as they entertained us with their diving antics, but this year we have not seen very many of them. They would bravely swim in the middle of the lake and then hide behind brush next to the banks until their next adventure out into the lake. Hopefully, they are safe and living in another area of the lake.
The Community Center is overflowing with red hearts and roses and ready for all of February’s planned activities. Once again Renea has done an outstanding job decorating the center, which is the heart of our town. Thanks for your devotion and hard work, Renea.
Next Tuesday, February 12 there will be a meeting at 6 p.m. at the community center for those interested in planning the July 4th activities at Snow Lake. Bring your ideas and join your neighbors in a discussion group.
On Valentine’s Day there will be a dinner for you and your sweetie at the community center at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers will prepare spaghetti and all the trimmings, plus a drink and dessert for only six dollars. For this bargain price you get to visit with your friends while enjoying a delicious meal and contributing to the community center funds.
This month The Big Monthly Breakfast will be on the 16th, followed by the corporation meeting. For just $4 you will receive the biggest and best breakfast in the Mid-South.
February 18 is Presidents Day and the town and the corporation office will be closed.
Potluck this month will be on the 23rd at the community center at 6:30 p.m., so don’t miss it!
According to the old ground hog, we still have another six weeks of winter. Easter arrives very early this year and I am counting on spring also arriving early. Weather reports show that there is a 50 percent chance of frost in Holly Springs after April 5 and a ten percent chance after the 15th. This is interesting news and a good example to follow for our spring planting.
I am sorry to report that I do not have any news regarding Mike Fair’s condition, so let’s hope that he is still improving. Kate Word is doing better after she suffered a stroke last week. Our thoughts and prayers are still with Mike and Kate. After worrying over test results for a few weeks, Ed Koen’s doctor told him to take an aspirin and resume his lifestyle. Wonderful news Ed, you were missed these last few weeks.
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Black History program set for Sunday
Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
A musician appreciation and youth day program was held at Greenfield Presbyterian, Sun., Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. Devotion by congregation, Scripture by Ashleigh Johnson and Alexandra Blake. Welcome and introduction of program, Catina Newsom, mistress of ceremony, Sis. Mardea H. George, musical selection C. Nmele George. Acceptance, standing ovation. Selection, Greenfield choir, Jesus On The Main Line, lead by Lekesia Siggers, words of inspiration Bro. Ontario (Chuck) Fitts, taken from Proverbs 11:20-33. Scripture, offering and offertory, Deacon Robert C. Curry and Deacon Jasper Mull.
Selection, guest choir, remarks and benediction, Dr. Coker A.J.George.
We are praying that you and you will join us in church on Sunday.
Rev. Coker George delivered an inspiring message on Sun., Feb. 3, taken from Matthew 17:1-9. The fourth Sunday title: “What are we willing to leave off to follow Jesus?”
Sunrise Chapter No. 166 Order of Eastern Star will present a black history program on Sun., Feb. 10, 3 p.m. at the Waterford Lodge Hall. The public is invited.
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