Potts Camp News
Cook’s coffin house on the hill in Potts Camp
We send our deepest love and sympathy to the family of a friend, Lena M. Westmoreland, age 81, in her recent death. She was buried in Temperance Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
My son, Danny Hollingsworth, called from their home in Morristown, Tenn. They are going on vacation this week to Waco, Tx., where he was sent to teach in Baylor University for the first time from University of Memphis. Two of Danny and Elizabeth’s sons, Luke and Clark, college students, were born there. Jake is in high school.
We also send love and sympathy to the family of William Westmoreland, age 73, of Potts Camp in his recent death.
A singing was held last weekend at Reid’s Gift Church, located on this end of town. They have lovely voices. The church was named for Mary P. Reid, only daughter of Colonel E.F. Potts, the first settler of this area. She gave land for schools and churches of both races, also a right-of-way to get the Frisco Railroad to come this way. A depot named Potts Camp was built in 1886, to honor the first settler. The first board meeting was in 1888. Mary Reid School was also named for her. Mary Louise Merrill of Germantown, Tenn., is a direct descendant of Mary Reid. She was my great-aunt.
A visitor came to my home last week searching for information. She was Sharon Robertson of Conway, Ark. She asked about A.J. and Annie May Brooks. I know her but don’t remember her relatives in Memphis.
Saturday morning Potts Camp firefighters arrived to fight a burning house on this side of town. Many homes and apartments were saved because of their quick response.
“If my people which are called by my name will humble themselves and will seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” Chronicles 7:14
1. Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot help but bring some of it into their own lives as well.
2. “O, give thanks to God for He is good; His loving kindness goes on forever.” I Chronicles 16:14
3. Life is God’s gift to us; how we live it is our gift to God. Make it a special one!
4. Faith makes all things possible; hope makes all things bright; love makes all things easy!
(Things I have learned over the years)
1. If you depend on others to make you happy you will always be disappointed.
2. If you want to do something for our children, improve yourself.
3. Love is a great investment; no matter who you give it to, it returns great dividends.
4. It is all right to be content with what you have, but never what you are!
5. You can always find time to do what you really want to do!
6. Regardless of what you have, you can always give love and encouragement.
7. If you like yourself and who you are, you will probably like everyone you meet.
8. Being a good mother is the best occupation you can have.
9. If love is not taught in the home, it is difficult to find it anywhere else.
Prayer list: Sandy Byrd, Mary Jo McCallum, Charles Henderson, Henry Tutor, Donna Marett, Mary Jarrett, Lina Mae Rhea, Connie Work, Betty Fincher. Pray for those who have lost loved ones, our men in service, all who suffer. Pray for the leaders of our country.
Memories and History
Did you ever see a coffin house? Well, there was one on the hill next to us when I was a child. We were afraid to go up that hill! Wesley Cook was an undertaker about 1900; he was also the town mayor at one time and owned a farm.
He died before we moved here, about 1920, leaving Mrs. Cook with three children, Anna, Wesley and Lum Cook, a farm, and the coffin house. There may have been funeral homes then, but we had never heard of them. Anna married a railroad man and moved away, Wesley had a rare bone disease and died while in high school.
People would come to Mrs. Cook’s home all hours of the day and night to buy a coffin if a loved one died. Lum Cook said she could hear wagons driving slowly up the road behind their home, sometimes late at night. She knew someone had died, and they were coming to the coffin house to buy one.
The late Ella Ree Whaley told how she came with her parents, as a child, to spend the weekend with Mrs. Cook and help line the coffins. The white and pink satin ones cost more money, others were white cotton lining. We could hear the knocking on the hill, and thought it was ghosts. They couldn’t pay us (the Potts kids) to go there.
Mrs. Cook’s rooster would come to our backyard and fight with Mother’s rooster. My brother, Lindy, and Bobbie Butler, the principal’s daughter, would get out their BB guns and try to break up the rooster fight. Finally, Lindy picked up a rock and hit Mrs. Cook’s rooster; it fell over dead. Lindy said, “I didn’t have but one dollar to my name, and had to give it to Mrs. Cook for her old rooster.”
North Marshall News
Annual Parade Day held at Sweetwater Farms
Sweetwater Farms had its annual Independence Day Parade on Saturday, the 4th of July.
The turnout was great with most of the area residents present and participating in the parade. The parade was led by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the Barton Volunteer Fire Department. Residents rode lawn mowers, antique cars, tractors, and about anything else one could imagine. Neighbors who could not be in the parade took up positions along the parade route to wave at their neighbors and to wave their flags.
After the parade ended a time of fellowship and refreshments was shared at the home of Wayne and Judy Hill. Cookies, ice cream and soft drinks were shared by all. After the refreshments a time to honor those who serve us in the community and around the world was presided over by Lowell Jenkins. All branches of the military were recognized, the law enforcement agencies, and elected officials.
Special guests were State Senator Bill Stone, District 3 Supervisor Keith Taylor, Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson, Sheriff’s Deputy Capt. Tim Redmon, Barton Fire Chief Jerry Culver and his team of volunteers.
Other out-of-town guests who participated in the parade while visiting with families were Bill and Gale Dancy’s son Jason, daughter in-law Tanya, granddaughters Kaylyn and Jenna Dancy. Visiting with Betty Wiggs were her daughter Lisa Wininger, grandson Nate and great-granddaughter Alleanne. Brenda Banks and children, Madison and Garrett Banks, were guests of Betty Mize, their mother and grandmother respectfully. Ann Krieger’s son Carey, daughter in-law Donna and grandson George Krieger also took part in the festivities. Visiting with Jim and Donna Griffin was daughter Michelle Stanford and grandson Max Stanford. Everyone is looking forward to next year, expecting the parade to be even bigger and better. We hope you and your family were able to enjoy the celebration of our Independence.
I had some folks try their hand in answering last week’s questions. One answered all the questions correctly. Good job Trish! The correct answers were, #1 John Adams, #2 Martin Van Buren, #3 Andrew Jackson, #4 James Garfield, #5 John Tyler.
So here are two questions to test your research skills.
What is the inscription written on the Liberty Bell?
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted an American flag and a plaque on the moon. What was the message on the plaque?
Send answers to email@example.com or call 662-895-6616.
Miller’s Court #301 hosts 48 angel program Sunday
Psalm 34:11 speaks of raining children: Come, o children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Do you see much evidence of this kind of instruction in the families in your church? How would you go about encouraging parents and children to live according to the fear of the Lord?
Miller’s Court #301 will hosts a 48 angel program Sunday, July 19 at 3 p.m. at Greenfield Presbyterian Church in Waterford. There will be a guest speaker. The public is invited to attend.
Many wonderful things are going on this summer, including church activities, family activities, family reunions, school reunions and out-of-town vacationing, and some sicknesses have brought family members home.
The children and grandchildren of Elmira and Elcue Curry, Devarieste and Yagnine Blake Curry from D.C., Rubye and Teala Avery from Grisword, Conn., Loretta Curry, Bowie, Md., Ephram and Riley, Curry, Regina Curry from Atlanta, Ga., have visited. Some spent one week and some spent two weeks with grandparents, aunts, Evelynn Elliott and Lavora C. Blake.
This is the first time the grandchildren had a chance to visit in Mississippi in the summertime. They had a wonderful time visiting the Marshall County Library, going to churches, going bowling in Collierville, Tenn., and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn.
Other guests this summer were Magdeline Hughes, Vanetta Moore, Zelpher Moore and children from Batavia, Ill.
Vivian Miller Smith and three grandchildren, Perry Miller from Chicago, Ill., and their cousin Levi Cox from Chulahoma were Monday guests in the Curry home.
All three of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Delois Plaxico have been home this summer, along with other relatives visiting from out of town.
Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Mull have had out-of-town family members visiting in their home this summer.
Ashleigh Johnson spent a week in the home of her cousin, Sharonda Blake Sangster, McKala and the family in Cordova, Tenn.
Alexandra Blake spent nearly two weeks in Georgia, visiting in the home of her great-uncle Ephram and cousin Riley Curry, her uncle Mr. and Mrs. Aileen Curry and aunt Regina Curry. While there, she attended church in the new day camp.
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