Potts Camp News
Bridal tea honors Haven Hale
On Sunday night, a Mother’s Day dinner was held at the cabin near the home of Fred and Mary Jo Whaley to honor all the mothers in their family. Rodney and Betty Whaley and family included Amanda and Kent Smith and children, Stacy and Jonathan Morrison and son, and Lori Whaley, college student. Brett Whaley and his family also attended and Ruby Churchill, mother of Betty Whaley.
The family of Annie Ruth Stone met at her home for dinner on Mother’s Day.
I want to thank all my family and friends for the special gifts, food, flowers, clothes and visits on Mother’s Day.
On Wednesday, May 13, Martha and Jimmy Hollingsworth, my oldest child, and family members came to my home to make a five-generation picture.
An afternoon bridal tea in honor of Haven Hale was held at her home at Temperance Hill Circle, Potts Camp, on Saturday, May 16. Hostesses were Brook Hale, Alana Hale, Robin and Rhonda. My friends and relatives attended.
Many members of Mary Lois Gurley’s family stopped for a visit with her on Mother’s Day. She has 11 children and many grandchildren. She is a special friend, my first grade classmate in the new Potts Camp School in 1925.
The annual Potts Camp School reunion will be held on Saturday, June 6.
Pray for Jamie Smith, who had surgery on Tuesday. His sisters, Joyce Clayton and Verla Mae Stanton and Faye Stanton, were with his wife.
Have faith; God is always with you, though it may not seem so.
Have hope; God’s love surrounds you much more than you know. Have peace; God has a special plan just for you. Have joy; for always come what may, God will see you through.
I expect to pass through this life but once. If therefore there is any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do for any fellow beings, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.
The lonely, the old and forgotten
She sits there waiting patiently and wipes away a tear, wishing that a visitor would suddenly appear. Someone to say, “How are you” and greet her with a smile. Someone to sit beside her and chat a little while. It’s hard for her to understand, just what she’s doing there. What happened to her family and friends who used to care? How come she’s been abandoned, like some old worn-out shoes? What crimes has she committed? What bad thing did she do? True she has a bed to sleep in and she’s sheltered from the rain, but there’s precious little else to ease her loneliness and pain.
She’s only one of many in an oldsters’ home today who finds the price for longer life is much too hard to pay. That picture could be quickly changed if all of us would spend some extra time just visiting a relative of friend who’s shut away from all the things that once were held so dear and needs to be remembered that at least someone is near.
To take her by the hand and say “How are you” with a smile, and then sit close beside her and just love her for a while. (Copied from my late brother, a preacher, Lindy’s newsletter.)
Happy birthday to Kevin Poole on May 23, to Fred Whaley on May 24, to April Shaw Stacks on May 25. Happy wedding anniversary to Jack and Pebble Gadd on May 26. Happy birthday to Beverly Goolsby and Mike Muraco on May 26. Happy birthday to Jean Thompson on May 28 and to my niece, Belinda Ann Russell on May 29.
Congratulations to April Grace Shaw Stacks for receiving a B.S. degree in math from the University of Mississippi on Saturday, May 9. Attending graduation ceremonies were her children, Gary Michael Stacks III and Madison Grace Stacks, along with her mother, Cherrie Stone Shaw, her grandmother, Annie Ruth Stone, her aunt Tommye Ann Stone Goode, her sister Hayley Shaw and son Brayen. Other family members attending were Knowlton and Betty Shaw and Gary and Carol Stacks.
Prayer list: Diane Clayton, Jamie Smith, Mildred and Billy Bowen, Diane Stanton, Henry Tutor, Mary Jo Whaley, Donna Marett, Sarah Doxey Greer, Lina Mae Rhea, Charles Henderson, Connie Work, Betty Fincher, Mary Jo McCallum. Pray for peace all over the world!
Early Potts Camp Memories and History
At one time late in the afternoon, you could see a long line of wagons drawn by horses waiting their turn on Front Street to fill their barrels with water from an overflowing well. There was also a wooden trough for the horses to drink from.
In 1912, A.Q. Greer, the first Potts Camp Banker, and Dr. F.P. Boatner, who served two terms in the MS Senate in the ’20s, worked together to get Potts Camp changed from a village to a town, so money could be borrowed to put down our first deep well and pipe water to the homes. By 1916 the project was completed.
Another large deep well tank is located now on a hill at the edge of town. I can see it from my kitchen window. Potts Camp was the first town its size to have running water and concrete sidewalks. We are proud of our town! God has blessed us.
North Marshall News
Take time to honor those who served
The first widespread observance of Decoration Day (Memorial Day) came on May 30, 1868. General James Garfield (twentieth U.S. President) gave a speech at Arlington National Cemetery in remembrance of fallen soldiers, saying that “for love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
This is a couple of short stories about two men who served their country during WWII. Neither gave their lives but they both laid themselves on the line for their country. I am honored to know these fine men.
Billy Stringfellow was born in Memphis, Tenn., and attended Messick High School. At the age of 17 Stringfellow volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy. Taking his basic training at Great Lakes, IL, he was selected to attend electrician school. After training Stringfellow was given the rank of 3rd Class Electrician-Striker Apprentice. From the Great Lakes he was sent to New London, Conn., to Submarine School. Eventually Stringfellow served aboard the Blueback SS 326 in the waters off Australia. During this time his submarine sank 15 enemy ships. A lot of the battles took place with deck guns. His sub was also involved in landing infiltrators on enemy shores. I asked Stringfellow what was his most tense moment and his most fun time during his war experience. He said being on lookout when Jap Zeroes came in to attack his sub was scary and one of his most memorable times was taking a train ride across most of Australia. They rode in sheep cars with straw on the floors. During the trip he met and traded with many Australian natives. Stringfellow was discharged in 1946. He later joined the Marine Reserves and served with the 2nd Marine Division during the Korean War.
After the war Stringfellow married Mary Davis of Memphis. Stringfellow and Mary have two sons and five grandchildren. Stringfellow retired from Memphis Light Gas and Water in 1984 and has resided in the Barton area since 1986. Stringfellow is still active in the Submarine Veterans Organization.
Grady Young was born in Pocahontas, TN. He attended Tech High in Memphis and Memphis State University. Young was drafted in April 1943. Grady did his basic training at Camp Phillips, Kansas, and his artillery training at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Prior to being shipped out he was involved in artillery maneuvers in NW Tennessee. Young served as Wire Communications Chief for his Artillery Battery. After being shipped out to England his division crossed the English Channel and landed at Utah Beach. This was after the Normandy Invasion. Youngs Unit of five Artillery Batteries (approximately fifteen 105 howitzers) was involved in five major conflicts. One of those was the Battle of the Bulge. The weather was extremely cold and the snow was deep. During his time in Europe they came under attack by large German guns that were mounted on railroad cars. Young’s units took several casualties during these attacks. After Germany surrendered Young returned to the States and was on his way to the Pacific conflict when he got the news that Japan had surrendered. After being discharged in 1945 Young again was willing to serve his country. He signed up for the reserves and also served in the Korean War. Young was with the Fire Direct Unit serving the Artillery Batteries. Young received his discharge from the Army at the end of the Korean War. Grady Young earned two Bronze Stars for his service in Europe and Korea.
Upon returning to Memphis, Young went back to work for the Veterans Hospital and trained as an EEG Ward Master. Young married Louise Gay (deceased) in 1945 and they have two sons, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Young has retired from the Veterans Hospital. Young married Louise Hall in 1987 and he and Louise reside in the Barton area.
There is much more to these stories about Stringfellow and Young, so believe me, I have only touched the surface. I want to say thank you to Stringfellow and Young and to all who have served and are serving this great country.
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Greenfield Presbyterian hosts calendar drive
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing, and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Giving thanks for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eph. 5:19-20.
The people of this community are in sympathy with the Malone and Farrow families in the passing of their loved one, Mrs. Central Malone Farrow. Mrs. Farrow was funeralized on Saturday, May 16. Family and friends came from many states to share with the family.
Let us hear the word of God. Sunday School and regular worship services are being held at the majority of the churches every Sunday; let us find a church to worship in. On Sunday, May 24 for Sunday School the subject was “New Life in the Home,” which concerns all members of a family. Let us listen to what the word of God is teaching about His life in the home, this may be a refreshing course for us in strengthening our home life.
The annual calendar drive will be held at Greenfield Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m. The public is invited.
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