Potts Camp News
Jamie Smith honored with birthday celebration July 2
The tragic death of Phillip Lynn Watts was one of the saddest things that has ever happened in our town! He was unable to defend himself! At one time I thought Potts Camp was the safest town in the world, but not now. We continue to send our deepest love and sympathy to his family and friends.
We welcome Tommie and Gale Goode back to Potts Camp where they grew up and attended school. Gale was one of the famous Potts Camp Cardinals who won Overall State Championship under Coach T.M. Stone (Tommie’s dad) in 1961. The couple have lived in Greenwood for many years where he was employed. They are building a lovely new house on Broadway (near town) where his parents lived. Annie Ruth Stone and family are happy to have her daughters and husband back to Potts Camp.
Jamie Smith of Byhalia was honored on July 2 with a birthday celebration. His three sisters, Joyce Clayton, Verla Mae Stanton and Faye Stanton, and a sister-in-law, Betty Smith, drove there to join them.
We send our love and sympathy to a friend, Erlene Childers, age 83, of Hickory Flat, in her death.
We ask for special prayers for a young man, Mark Jones of Hickory Flat, who was badly injured in a recent motorcycle accident. He is in The Med in Memphis.
A birthday party was held on Sunday, July 5 for 3-year-old Anna Rose Work, daughter of Lindsey Work and Amanda Work. Grandparents Andy and Connie attended the party.
We miss the Potts Camp Clinic; it has been closed for air conditioner repairs for about two weeks. My friends drove me to Hickory Flat Clinic for a checkup and medicine refills. They have a lovely clinic and the staff is very kind and friendly. I enjoyed meeting them.
The clinic has reopened.
Congratulations to Mary Minor, who retired last week from a job well done. We love Mary. She is a very special person and friend.
1. We are God’s hands on earth! He created us to receive help and also to give it.
2. “Whosoever sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him; how does the love of God abide in him? I John 3:17
3. Tell a hungry soul about God today! The child of God who knows the good tidings of the gospel does wrong if he doesn’t pass it on to others.
4. Children who attend Sunday school are blessed! They learn early to never be ashamed to live for Jesus. Children love to sing “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.”
5. Prayer: When the world falls down you, and a prayer will see you through, say an extra prayer for someone who may need it more than you.
Prayer list: Connie Work continues to have treatments on her feet; please pray for her. Diane Clayton, Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, Lina Mae Rhea, Virgie Kelly, Lena Faye Work, Mary Jo Whaley, Mary Jarrett, Betty Fincher, Mary Jo McCallum.
History and Memories
Some of my fondest memories include growing up in our hometown. Sometimes our parents would take us fishing in the old creek across the railroad tracks. The boys had a big swimming pool there. It was during the Great Depression and hobos would get off the train and camp out there. They would come to our door begging for food. Mother always made an extra pan of biscuits for them.
In 1930, the businessmen in town thought the Depression was over, so they had a “Trades Day” one Saturday. First, they burned “Old Man Depression” at the poles (made of rags). Then the fun began. Boys were running a greased pig and climbing a greased pole with money on top. The largest family rode out of town with a barrel of flour as their prize. But the Depression had just started.
The tall wooden stores had front porches and doctor’s offices upstairs. Tall steps at one end of the stores were hard to climb; I hated them as a child. They had rooms for meetings at the top of the stairs.
Dr. Boatner was the second Potts Camp doctor; he would come to your home and stay overnight if people needed him. He saved my dad’s life one time (his nose wouldn’t stop bleeding). In the 20s, he served two times in the State Senate. A.Q. Greer was the first banker, then Robert Greer. I remember when he died suddenly in 1950 and the Potts Camp State Bank was closed. The Bank of Holly Springs built a bank (now our City Hall). In 1910 my grandfather built a two-story house on Front St. and moved from Potts Camp to town. He was elected Potts Camp mayor for 20 years. He also had a business (store) in town. The house has been bricked and still stands.
Les James, son of our pastor, told about one day when he was waiting for his papers to arrive in front of the Baptist Church. He saw a truck parked in front of my granddad’s store. He went over to see the dog on the front seat and saw a machine gun. Suddenly a man and woman came running out of the store with food and drinks. The woman yelled to Les, “I’m going to kill you.” The man said, “Don’t do that,” and grabbed her gun. “They will find us if you do.” As they jumped in the truck and rode away, Grandpa came out waving bills. He said, “You forgot your change.” It was Bonnie and Clyde, two famous gangsters at that time. Later they were captured and put in prison. Les said he had never forgot that.
North Marshall News
So you think you are busy?
I’ve come to know her as dependable and on time, rain or shine. Her name is Diane Jones and she delivers my mail with a smile and wishes me a good day when on occasion I catch up to her at the mailbox. Diane Brown Jones is originally from Germantown, Tenn., and came to Mississippi when she married Jackey Jones. Jackey recently retired after some 30 years from the U.S. Postal Service and is busy on the farm.
Diane began her career with the U.S. Postal Service in 1981. She started as a regular substitute and began full time on Carrier Route #3 out of Byhalia. Diane began her service on her current route in February 1997. She works the north end of Marshall County along Hwy 309. Diane told me she has 574 stops on her daily route and covers 45 miles each day. I asked her what part of her job frustrated her the most. She politely replied that she finds her job pleasurable and rewarding. She loves to meet people and has made some good friends along her route. If you did the math Diane has been serving our community for 28 years. With her positive attitude and great service we are hoping she will be around for many more years.
On the personal side Diane has two children, James and Patricia Jones. James lives in the West Point area and is a manager for Wal-Mart. He also holds a teaching degree in art. Patricia is preparing for a degree in nursing and will be attending Northwest Community College this fall.
Diane and Jackey have a few other children also. They manage 45 acres that include 60 sheep, 12 dogs (Border collies, a Great Pyrenees and coon hounds). Diane likes to garden and cook. She also finds time to teach Sunday school at Meadow Brook Baptist Church. She sings in the church choir, and if that is not enough she and her youth group volunteer to clean the church toilets on the third Saturday of each month. Diane and her family reside in the Ingram Mills community. When you see her along her route, give her a wave and do not complain if your mail is a little late on the third Saturday of the month.
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