Thursday, February 21, 2008
Potts Camp News
Potts Camp School student needs special prayers
Recent guests of the “Lois Swanee Hour” that I enjoyed were Barry Burleson, editor of The South Reporter, and Rev. Jim Buchanon, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Potts Camp. I also enjoyed Stephanie Movre of the tourism department.
Henry Tutor has been put in a cast in the VA hospital in Memphis. He had a broken shoulder and neck bone from a recent fall. He needs our prayers. His grandson William lives with him.
Thanks to the First Baptist Church of Potts Camp, who delivered delicious fruit and candy to shut-ins on Valentine’s Day.
Please say a special prayer for Jasmine Humphrey, a 12-year-old student at Potts Camp School, who is waiting for a kidney transplant.
Pray for the soldiers in the war zone.
Weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Stone were their oldest daughter, Tommie and Gale Goode of Greenwood.
I enjoyed the many Valentines I received last week. Most of them were from my family. Probably the one sent from the longest distance was from a special cousin, Dr. Harris Hollingsworth and wife Milenda of Greenville, Tx. He and Jimmy were the oldest grandchildren in the Hollingsworth family.
Happy birthday to David Alderson on Feb. 22; to the former Korrie Stanton on Feb. 23 and to Megan Watkins on Feb. 25. Happy birthday to Jacob Gadd on Feb. 27; to Denise Wilson Feb. 28 and Karlie Pipkin on Feb. 29.
Prayer list: Donna Marett, Henry Tutor, Jean Derryberry, Nadine Vest, Diane Clayton, Lena Fay Work, Wayne Smith, Mary Jo McCallum, Hope Stroud and daughter Cheryl, Roy Foote, Mary Jo McCallum, Betty Fincher, Lina Mae Rhea. Pray for those who have lost loved ones, other sick people and those who lost their homes and family in the recent storms. God answers prayers.
Memories and History
Many changes have been made in our town over the years. A small white building known as the “Mayors office” was located on the site of the present telephone building. The “town council” met there, and we also voted there.
In 1974 when Roger Clayton served as town mayor, a nice, new city hall was built on the town square. Members of the board of aldermen that year were Wilfred Boren, Fred B. Clayton, Henry Jarrett and Maurice Robinson; the town clerk was Evelyn Whaley.
The Potts Camp Fire Department was chartered that year and the first fire truck purchased. The fire department became a part of the city hall.
Lunches were brought there every day for senior citizens. They were served in a large dining area; Jimmy Collins, Potts Camp mayor, was the bus driver who picked up the people and brought them to the lunchroom. On Friday he took their blood pressure. Most of the people are deceased today.
Many of the women who came to eat at city hall began making quilts. One special one I remember was used to help fund the food site. Quilters were Ethel Simmons and Lucille Pierce (both lived to be 100 years old). Others also deceased were Lorene McClellan, Alene Payne, Cora Mann, Relolla Smith, Mirretta Walker and Josie Shaw. Inez Jarrett is the only one living today. Jimmy Collins sold the most tickets and Kay Garrison won the quilt. It brought $400. A picture in The South Reporter showed several quilters and Jimmie Collins. Once a week he drove a group of us to Holly Springs for groceries to the Health Department for free. That was a good program. My late friend, Gladys Wilson, always ate at the food site. At that time, I was making a garden and serving so I didn’t have time to eat there. I made 100 pillows. I went by on Friday to have my blood pressure taken.
J.C. Pruitt was the first fire chief, then Cary Mayer and the late Billy Edlin. He served until 1985. It is always made up with volunteers.
Until 1974 we used a huge hose wrapped on two large wheels to fight fires.
We are proud of our fire department today. It reaches across the railroad tracks.
We are thankful that the Bank of Holly Springs built a nice, new bank on the highway and gave our town the former bank on Center Street for a city hall. Now the fire department has its own building. We are also proud of Williams Clinic and the P.C. Pharmacy in Potts Camp. Time changes things!
Holly Springs News
Special thanks to John Richards
Jones Grove Church was host to Marshall County Singing Union last Sunday. Welcoming: Jones Grove; followed by series of selections from choirs. Next union will be at Hopewell No. 1, March 9.
Hopewell No. 1 members having a birthday in February are Tierra Zinn, 15; Yvonne Pinson, 16; Dayton Reed Jr., 22; Aleisha Walton. The congregation sang Happy Birthday to all.
Special thanks to John Richard of Los Angeles for purchasing two tickets to the UNC Banquet at Rust College for Mr. and Mrs. Henderson Milan.
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