December 30, 2010
Potts Camp News
Mary Minor hosts Gurley family Christmas
We send our love and sympathy to Alcyone Reed, wife of the late Ben Grant Reed, in her recent death. Funeral services were held in Marion, Ark., on Dec. 17. Relatives attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Smithwick, Lela Hale, Ervin Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Knowlton Shaw of Holly Springs, and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wesson of Kosciusko.
The large family of Carey and Joann Mayer met at their home during Christmas. They are my friends.
My son Danny Hollingsworth, his wife Elizabeth, and their sons arrived on Wednesday from Morristown, Tenn., for a Christmas visit. I enjoyed seeing them as I do not see them often. My daughter, Betty, also came to visit with their family.
Relatives visiting in my home during the holidays were my granddaughter, Sonya Kidd of Pass Christian and Teresa Hollingsworth, wife of my grandson David Hollingsworth, along with her two daughters, Suzette and Sarah. I was happy to see all of them.
Sylvia Seymour Akin of Memphis, a former resident of Potts Camp, visited in my home after attending graveside services for Irene Newsom.
David Fuller spent Christmas Eve with his sister, Sandy Smith and husband Charles, in Bruce. He woke up to a white Christmas and was able to build a snowman before coming back home. That made his Christmas!
Rylee Farr, 4-year-old granddaughter of Joan Gurley, was excited to wake up to a white Christmas in the Macedonia community. She had been so excited telling her Meme that it was going to snow for Christmas and that it always snowed on Christmas (she had been watching Christmas videos and they all had snow on them).
The family of Joan Gurley met at her home on Christmas Eve for lunch. They enjoyed a wonderful Christmas meal and then played games before opening gifts.
The large family of Annie Ruth Stone celebrated at her home on Christmas Eve and again on Christmas morning for their annual Christmas breakfast.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Irene Newsom who passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Graveside services were held at the Potts Camp Cemetery on Thursday, Dec. 23.
Sympathy is also extended to the family of Louise Randolph, sister of Madalynne Ash, who passed away last week. Services were held Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with burial in the Potts Camp Cemetery.
Prayer list: Henry Tutor, Lena Faye Work, Charles Henderson, Joann Potts, Betty Rose Jones, Mary Jarrett, Sank Owen, Jimmie Hart.
Congratulations to the Potts Camp cheerleaders who participated in competition at Jackson last weekend. They won first place in their dance routine and third place in cheering. Leaders are Beverly Farr and Tammie Wilkerson.
Congratulations also to the Potts Camp High School music and drama students for the recent production of “The Christmas Shoes.” It was a great production and the teachers are to be commended for their work with the students.
Mary Minor hosted the Gurley family Christmas at her home on Dec. 18. There were over 60 family and friends in attendance. They also attended the town’s Christmas parade at noon.
We also enjoyed the Christmas parade and thank the mayor and town board for getting it together. Thanks also to Galena School band and those who brought antique cars. First Baptist Church youth had a float and other entries as well. We hope they will have a parade each year.
David Fuller celebrated his birthday on December 20 with family and friends. He received many gifts to celebrate his special day.
First Baptist Church choir members presented their Christmas music on Sunday morning and the children presented the Singing Christmas Tree program on Sunday night, Dec. 19. They did a wonderful job with their music and the hand bells. Their leaders are to be congratulated.
I want to thank Salem Baptist Church youth and leaders for singing Christmas carols to the shut-ins last week. I really enjoyed their visit.
History and Memories
Back in the early ’30s when we had no TV to watch, people attended the programs at Potts Camp School. As a teenager, I enjoyed participating in the programs.
The music teacher, Eugenia Eason, had glee clubs for several classes. Sarah Myers of Holly Springs rode the bus from Holly Springs two days a week to teach tap dancing; Miss Myers also taught expression. My dad encouraged me to take expression, as he had always wanted to be able to speak in public. (Miss Myers needed more dancing students, so she gave us tap dancing free of charge.) Her bus came back at 4 p.m., so we had one hour to practice at the school.
One special program I remember had a huge rainbow painted on the wall at the back of the stage. The program was called, “The Rainbow Follies.” A group of us, with dresses of all colors, came dancing and singing as we came out onto the stage. A few girls sang specials. I remember when my friend, Bessie Evelyn Bellew came dancing out on the stage. She sang, “Mother, are you looking down from Heaven’s window high? Do you see your little girl, oh, can you hear me cry? Mother, is that cloud I see, your lovely floating gown? I hope the angels won’t let you forget, your lovely, little girl!”
At that time her own mother (Mrs. Bellew, our Sunday School teacher), was in the hospital. After her song there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Later her mother got well. We all loved her.
Her dad, Mr. Bellew, was our ice man. (He also had a café in town). We had ice boxes and he brought us 50 pounds of ice at a time. The ice box had a pan under the bottom to catch the water as the ice melted. We also had to burn lamps to study by.
Those were good old days! Without electricity!
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