March 5, 2009
Potts Camp News
Special prayers extended to Jamie Smith and family
We ask for special prayers for Jamie Smith of Byhalia; he grew up here and attended school here. Jamie is seriously ill and faces surgery. Sisters of his are Joyce Clayton, Verna Mae Stanton of Hickory Flat and Faye Stanton.
We send our love and sympathy to the large family of a lovely lady, Bonnie B. Boatner, in her recent death on Feb. 19.
Family members of Betty Fincher, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Fincher of Memphis and Connie and Andy Work were her dinner guests on Sunday.
Connie Work and Betty Fincher drove to Tupelo to buy shoes Wednesday.
Modella Foster called from Winborn; she is a few years younger than I am. She enjoys my memories each week, and puts them in a scrapbook. She remembers many of the people I write about. Her daughter owns the old house from Sears Roebuck I wrote about.
We were saddened by the recent death of a friend, Ruth Young, 82, of Waterford. We send our love and sympathy to her family.
Over the years we have had many preachers in our family, so I was happy when my cousin, Ernestine Gravatt of Nesbitt, wrote me that her son, Rev. Dale Gravatt, had a new church at Cedar Grove, Tenn., a Baptist church. His grandmother was aunt Grace Potts Watts, my dad’s sister.
Prayer list: Pray for peace in our world! Also pray for our new President, and our country. Pray that we won’t have a depression like we had in the ’20s and ’30s. Pray for the sick and lonely, and those who have lost loved ones. Prayer list: Charles Henderson, Diane Clayton, Mary Jo McCallum, Hazel Foote, Donna Marett, Lina Mae Rhea, Josh Darnell, Robert Hugh King, Henry Tutor, Mary Jarrett, Mary Jo Whaley.
Memories and History
In the early days, people owned their own cows. You could not buy milk and butter or eggs in the stores. We had a barn in the lot behind our house (where I live now).
Mother milked the cow, James shucked the corn for the hogs and I shelled the corn for the chickens.
One day James, who was three years older than me, started jumping up and down and yelling. A mouse had run up his pants legs and ran out. I really laughed at him.
One of our cows died, so we rode to Hickory Flat in Daddy’s old Ford to the home of Mr. Todd, depot agent at Hickory Flat, to purchase a cow. They lived on a farm. We enjoyed meeting his wife, Agnes Todd, who had golden brown hair. We named our new cow Daddy bought from them for her — we called her Aggie. We loved that old cow.
Daddy rented a pasture across the railroad tracks behind St. Mary’s. Mary Potts Reid, daughter of the first settler of this area, Col. E.F. Potts, my great-great-grandfather, had given land for churches and schools of both races, and also the right-of-way, so the railroad would come through our town and a depot was built in 1886. The first board meeting was 1888. Mary Reid School and Reid’s Gift Church are both named for my aunt Mary Potts Reid.
The creek ran through the pasture, so the cows had water.
We would go with Daddy to fish in the shallow stream.
A boys’ swimming hole was located there also, with a road and bridge nearby. That is all gone now.
One day late in the afternoon, my brothers, James and Bennie, went after Aggie. She had a young calf in the barn at home. When they opened the gate she started running to get to her calf. They couldn’t stop her. A fast train came around the corner and hit and killed her. We all cried; we loved Aggie!
Holly Springs News
DeBerry’s celebrate 22nd wedding anniversary
Hopewell No. 1’s Pastor Aide Club presented their praise program Sunday. Pastor Andrew Cheairs and St. Paul Baptist Church, were our guests.
Mayor and Mrs. Andre’ DeBerry celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary. We congratulate them.
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